ABOUT

LOUIS V. MARTINEZ

Career 01

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

DIAZ REUS & TARG LLP., Miami, Florida – A global legal practice focused on representing national and transnational clients in a variety of legal forums across a broad range of practice areas.

Of Counsel 2/2016 to Present

International and National Criminal and Civil law practice.  Represent clients in various legal matters, including Federal and State administrative and criminal investigations (health care fraud, mortgage fraud, construction fraud, money laundering, as well as high-profile criminal defense).  Represent clients in national and international litigation matters.

  • Lead jury trials at both state and federal levels; conduct pretrial discovery depositions.
  • Negotiate various complex plea agreements.
  • Exceptional performance record arguing successful dismissal/reduction of charges on behalf of clients.
  • Represent client’s involved in high net worth cross-border marital disputes.
  • White collar crime, regulatory, and criminal investigations and defense in matters of corruption, bribery, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, OFAC, Specially Designated Nationals, and the Bank Secrecy Act.
  • Legal Guest Expert on numerous local radio and television outlets concerning high-profile corruption, criminal, and Federal, “white-collar crimes” as well as transportation issues in both English and Spanish broadcasts.

 

LOUIS V. MARTINEZ, P.A., Miami, Florida Closely-held administrative and criminal law practice representing individuals and companies/organizations.

Principal6/2007 to Present

Effectively represent small to mid-sized companies (physicians, medical professionals) licensing legal matters/issues, as well as financial and provider disputes versus State of Florida and Florida Department of Public Health.  Represent clients in various legal matters, including Federal or State administrative and criminal investigations (health care fraud, mortgage fraud, construction fraud, money laundering, as well as high-profile criminal defense).

  • Lead jury trials at both state and federal levels; direct pretrial discovery depositions.
  • Negotiate various complex plea agreements.
  • Exceptional performance record arguing successful dismissal/reduction of charges on behalf of clients.
  • Successfully recovered thousands of dollars representing companies involved in disputes with Federal Government for Medicare program.
  • Legal Guest Expert on numerous local radio and television outlets concerning high-profile corruption, criminal and Federal, “white-collar crimes”, including English and Spanish broadcasts.

 

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, Miami, Florida

Deputy Chief Assistant, Attorney General (Medicaid Fraud Control Unit) 6/2003 to 6/2007

Appointed by U.S. Attorney Marco Jimenez as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Managed and oversaw a team of more than 50, including attorneys, investigators and support staff in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Briefed and argued motions involving the constitutionality of the Florida Medicaid Fraud Statute.  Prosecuted defendants for various violations of Medicaid and Medicare fraud statutes in both State and Federal courts. Supervised the investigation and prosecution of nursing homes and elder abuse/exploitation matters.

  • Department recovered more than $3 million in criminal restitution orders and more than $10 million in civil recoveries over four year period.
  • Guest lecturer for various local and state outreach initiatives in various areas of Healthcare Fraud (e.g., Drug Diversion Investigations & Prosecutions, Elderly Abuse & Exploitation, Healthcare Provider Audit Report Analysis).
  • Keynote speaker for community outreach efforts.
  • Represented Attorney General in various media, public and community forums concerning Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Senior Assistant Attorney General (Medicaid Fraud Control Unit) 1/2002 to 6/2003

Senior, specialized role accountable for reviewing all evidence and providing expertise and consulting to investigators to determine legal sufficiency in order to authorize/decline criminal complaints and investigations.  Conducted jury trials.  Conducted pretrial discovery depositions. Briefed and argued motions involving various legal topics. Negotiated various complex plea agreements.

 

COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Chicago, Illinois

Assistant State’s Attorney (Criminal Prosecution Bureau) 8/1996 to 6/2001

Assistant State’s Attorney (Criminal Appeals & Traffic Divisions) 6/1995 to 8/1996

Prosecuted defendants charged with felony offenses (homicide, sexual violence, narcotics, unlawful firearm possession, crimes against property).  Conducted bench and jury trials.  Prepared and presented witnesses for trials and motions.

  • Conducted grand jury investigation of homicides and sexual violence cases. Proposed indictments to the grand jury. Conducted preliminary hearings.  Authorized felony complaints and Search & Arrest warrants.
  • Prosecuted minors charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes. Prosecuted civil petitions to terminate parental rights. Briefed and argued motions involving parental visitations, admission of evidence and compelling discovery.

POLITICAL, COMMUNITY & INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

MIAMI DADE EXPRESSWAY AUTHORITY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Miami, Florida

Chairman 2015 to 2017

Vice Chairman 2010 to 2012

Chair, Operations Committee 2009 to 2010 & 2013 to 2015

Vice Chairman, Operations Committee  2009 to 2010

Chairman, Property Acquisition Committee 2009 to 2010

Chairman, ORT Oversight Task Team 2010 to 2011

Appointed member in 2008 by Miami Dade County Commission: served in multiple leadership roles on this volunteer board of 13: state government entity awarding more than $1.5 billion in annual contracts operating autonomously: short/long range strategy, as well as finance, capital projects, construction & labor contract selection/oversight, staffing and operations of five toll roads/highways.

  • Represent Miami Dade ExpressTop way in all public and media relations matters, including radio and television interviews, communications to the public and staff, as well as partnership formation with state, county and local government entities.
  • Significantly improved relationships with key state, county and city stakeholders facilitating improved communication, partnership and cross functional strategy setting.

 

MIAMI DADE CHARTER REVIEW TASK FORCE

Member, Charter Review Task Force 2013 Appointed District Representative

 

FLORIDA BAR ASSOCIATION

Vice Chairman, Criminal Procedure Rules Committee 2007 to 2013  Appointed by the President of Florida Bar Association

 

MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Chairman, Board of Directors 2004 to 2008

Board Member 2002 to 2004

Career 02
Career 03

EDUCATION, LICENSES, MEMBERSHIPS, ACCOLADES & PUBLICATIONS

EDUCATION:

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, Chicago, Illinois

Juris Doctor Conferred, 5/1994

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Conferred, 5/1991

 

LICENSES:

Member of the Bar, State of Florida

Member of the Bar, State of Illinois

Member of the Bar, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Member of the Bar, Northern Federal District Court of Florida

Member of the Bar, Middle District of Florida

Member of the Bar, Southern Federal District Court of Florida

 

MEMBERSHIP:

Member, American Bar Association.

Member, Florida Bar Association.

Member, Cuban American Bar Association.

 

ACCOLADES:

AV rating Martindale Hubbell, 2007-present

Top Rated Lawyers Award, the National law Journal, 2014-2017

American Most Honored Professionals, American Registry, 2016

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION:

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

 

PUBLICATIONS:

“Will  Bank Regulation Be  Less Stringent Under Trump”  (1/2017).   Financial  Service Advisor, Bi-Weekly Publication.

“How are Stricter Rules Affecting  Caribbean Banks”  (5/2017).  Financial  Service Advisor, Bi-Weekly Publication

“Are  Banks Working Together Enough to  Prevent Crime”  (2/2016).   Financial  Service Advisor,   Bi-Weekly Publication

“Medicaid Fraud Investigations: A Look at various Drug Diversion Schemes, and their Cost to the Medicaid System” (1/2006). Office of the Attorney General of Florida Senior Symposium. West Palm Beach, Florida.

“Audit and Reimbursement Issues Facing Medicaid Providers” (3/2006). The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Health Law Section, Orlando, Florida

“Medicaid Fraud Investigations: A Look at Various Drug Diversion Schemes and there Cost to the Medicaid System” (6/2006). National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (Naddi), Annual Conference Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

“Medicaid Fraud Investigations:  Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Investigations. The Cost to the Medicaid and Medicare systems and What to look for during an investigation” (9/2006). United Council on Welfare Fraud (UCOWF) annual training conference, Tampa, Florida