Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Circuit Court Judge Israel Reyes to Join International Law Firm of Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP

Miami, FL (April 27, 2011) – Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Israel Reyes has accepted a position with the international law firm of Diaz, Reus & Targ LLP, the firm announced today.

Reyes will join the firm at the end of May as a litigation partner and will be actively involved in its broad civil, commercial, and white collar matters, as well as its international arbitration cases.

"With Judge Reyes' addition to our firm, we can offer our clients someone who has unique, hands-on experience in diverse litigation matters, as well as the rare perspective of having worked in government in both investigatory and regulatory roles," said Diaz, Reus & Targ Managing Partner Michael Diaz Jr.

"I am proud to be a part of a comprehensive international practice that has become the law firm of the 21st Century. The firm's global presence and practice areas are duly suited for my training and background and leverages technology to provide its clients with cutting-edge legal services,” added Reyes, who himself has led efforts to integrate technology into the Miami-Dade Court system. "I'm looking forward to continuing to build the firm's global presence in the coming years in Miami and through our offices in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia."

Reyes, currently the Circuit Civil Division Associate Administrative Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, has served in the juvenile and criminal divisions. He was first appointed to the County Court by Governor Jeb Bush in March 2002, and later to the Circuit Court on August 2003.

Judge Reyes is a former adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University Law School and currently teaches graduate and undergraduate criminal justice courses at Florida International University (FIU).

His 32-year legal and public service career began in 1979, as a police officer with the City of South Miami Police Department. After that, he was a police officer/detective with the Metro-Dade Police Department where he worked in the Special Investigations Division, Media Relations Section, Organized Crime, Criminal Conspiracy and Racketeering Squads, and Homicide Bureau.

It was during those years as a homicide detective that Judge Reyes first met Mr. Diaz, then a prosecutor. Before taking the bench, Judge Reyes served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Office of the State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Racketeering/Organized Crime Unit, in charge of the Money Laundering and Civil Forfeiture Section. While there, he specialized in the litigation of international and domestic illegal drug money laundering cases.

As a graduate from Nova Southeastern University with a Juris Doctorate, Reyes ranked in the top of his class. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, High Honors, from FIU and from Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida where earned an Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice.

Diaz Reus & Targ is an international law firm focusing on trade and business transactions, complex commercial, civil, and criminal litigation and arbitration matters, operating offices in Miami; Shanghai, China; Frankfurt, Germany; Caracas, Venezuela, and Mexico City, Mexico and affiliate offices in Colombia and Brazil. For more information, visit


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