MIAMI, October 5, 2016 – Diaz Reus, headquartered in Miami, announced today that the former advisor to the Miami Division of the Office of Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA,” for its acronym in English ), and former prosecutor for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Division of Criminal Affairs, Fraud Section, Richard N. Wiedis, have joined the firm as partners in the practice areas of international litigation, arbitration, mediation and defense of white collar crimes. This addition of Diaz and Wiedis reinforces the international expansion that the firm has had during the last 12 months with the hiring of other impressive talents, which include Ali Awais (Dubai), Gayle E. Hanlon (Dubai), Louis V. Martínez ( Miami), Roland M. Potts (Miami), Javier Ruiz (Mexico),
“We are truly fortunate to attract this level of professionals in key areas that are important to our clients,” said Michael Diaz, Jr., Global Managing Partner of the firm. “Patricia has an impressive and successful track record in litigation and investigations and is highly qualified to guide our clients in sensitive criminal investigations, criminal proceedings and negotiations. Richard covers multiple areas of our professional practice, having experience as an outside, internal and government attorney. His work at DOJ and as an advisor to a major publicly traded technology corporation will be invaluable to our clients in complex, high-profile litigation, investigations, and regulatory compliance matters. ”
Diaz worked for six years as an attorney for the Miami Division of the Office of Drug Enforcement Administration — which covers the State of Florida and the Bahamas — and was the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District for 21 years. Florida, criminally prosecuting hundreds of complex international money laundering cases. Diaz has earned Special Recognition and Professional Merit awards from DOJ, DEA, FBI, HHS, and other government agencies. As a Federal Prosecutor, Diaz was assigned to the Special Force for High Narcotics Trafficking, which is a task force dedicated to investigating and criminally prosecuting large-scale international money laundering organizations.
Diaz, a member of the Florida Bar since 1988, will focus his professional practice on the defense of white collar crimes, internal corporate investigations, civil litigation, civil and criminal forfeiture, forfeiture and seizures, money laundering, RICO, and conflict resolution. Diaz received her law degree, magna cum laude , from the University of Miami, School of Law, in Miami, Florida.
Wiedis was for 15 years a Federal Prosecutor of the US Department of Justice, Criminal Affairs Division, Fraud Section, where with his investigative work and with his participation in the trials, he obtained convictions in very important cases that involved bank fraud, fraud with securities, accounting fraud and other types of white collar crimes. Weidis has earned many Special Recognition and Professional Merit Awards as well as letters of recommendation from the DOJ and the FBI. Before joining Diaz Reus, Wiedis was Executive Vice President of the Risk Management and Human Resources Department and Associate of the Legal Manager of MicroStrategy, a multinational in business intelligence, with a market capitalization of $ 2 billion,
Wiedis, a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bar Bars, will focus his professional practice on the defense of white collar crimes, internal corporate investigations, FCPA, civil litigation, forfeitures, forfeitures and civil seizures, money laundering, RICO, mediation, arbitration, and advice on risk management and regulatory compliance. Wiedis received her law degree, magna cum laude , from Georgetown University, School of Law, Washington, DC.
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Diaz Reus, with operations on five continents, and with 17 offices in key business centers, offers a global practice focused on national litigation and transnational parallel litigation in the following broad areas of law: defense of sovereignty, commercial, financial, and fraud ; litigation in civil matters and arbitration; asset identification, location, tracking and recovery; white collar crimes, criminal and compliance investigations and advocacy on corruption, bribery, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), OFAC, Specially Designated Citizens and the Bank Secrecy Law; politically sensitive investigations, including recovery of immigration status and visas before the US The firm is headquartered in Miami, Florida. Visit alsowww.diazreus.com .