We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, what do you attribute your success to?
RESULTS! Whether it is getting detained or seized goods released, large penalties mitigated, or ensuring our clients have terrific processes and procedures to be model importers – we get the job done, and well. A sampling of my notable client accomplishments can be found here: https://diaztradelaw.com/meet-the-team/attorneys/jennifer-diaz/.
I’ve built a terrific network by being incredibly involved in the trade community and am known to help connect people. I’ve made connections from my various board positions on the Organization of Women in International Trade (of which I served as President of the local and International boards), the Florida Bar’s Board Certification Chair, the District Export Council, or Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association to name a few (and HIGHLY encourage everyone to get involved in industry associations or groups that have a special significance to you). I have a love for animals, and have rescued dogs from the Humane Society of Greater Miami (and support them annually – for those of you that love dogs, join me in Walking for the Animals).
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Anything that’s easy is too good to be true! A whole lot of hard work and dedication has gone into my legal career. After 12 internships in law school, I finally found the customs & international trade practice area and fell in love with it as it is fast paced, challenging, and every day is different. When I was 10 years into my legal career, I decided it was time for me to take the plunge and in 2016 I started Diaz Trade Law (which is the accomplishment I’m most proud of – only second to my daughter)! I am extremely dedicated to my work and have put my career and work first for the majority of my life. I’m most thankful for finding a terrific partner who had a similar work ethic and passion for excelling at his profession and similarly helping me ensure I do the same. A huge lesson I learned was the partner you choose has a dramatic impact on your life/career and picking someone who was supportive of my goals and ambitions was a must for me.
As for Diaz Trade Law – I’ve worked hard to ensure we have a very specific set of core values. We are driven to get the best results for our clients, invested in our work, and continuously go above and beyond for our clients. We work as a team, always strive to get to the bottom of the most complex legal issues, and consistently lead our clients to be model importers and exporters by staying up to date with regulatory changes and provide ongoing high-level training. What sets us apart is that Customs and International Trade is a niche practice area, I am Chambers Ranked and board certified in international law, which allows me to market as an expert in the field, and we have a stellar track record of getting the best results for our clients.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I was born and raised in Miami – and love it. There is SO much to see and do (a week just is not enough time)! Here’s my play by play (of course taking you to lots of amazing restaurants and the Keys):
Day 1 – SHOP! Aventura Mall will keep you busy ALL day (while there eat at Tap 42). Dinner at Bourbon Steak.
Day 2 – Enjoy the beaches! Dinner at Il Mulino.
Day 3 – Check out art – Wynwood walls are a must, a fun drag show and lunch at R House Wynwood, the Design District for window shopping and dinner at Le Jardinier.
Day 4 – Museum hop – Jungle Island, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, and Vizcaya are some of my favorites.
Day 5 – Drive to Key West (on the way, stop at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, lunch at the Island Grill, then a stop at the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, then finish your drive to Key West and enjoy sunset at Mallory Square and a late dinner at Nine One Five and dessert at Better Than Sex!)
Day 6 – Explore Key West (boat rides are great), then head to Islamorada, stop at Robbie’s on the way back to Islamorada and feed the tarpons, and make a reservation early for dinner at Chef Michaels (it’s a must).
Day 7 – Breakfast at Bitton Bistro (best crepes), swimming with the sea lions/dolphins/sting rays at Theatre of the Sea, enjoy the unique beers/rum at Islamorada Brewery and the shops along the way, and ensure you have dinner at Square Grouper. A full list of my Keys favorites can be found here: https://www.yelp.com/collection/VWOfQuLv9TnvGq3SwKto4A?utm_content=Collections&utm_source=ishare/
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am in my career without the love and support of my parents and amazing husband. My father led by example and showed me what entrepreneurship was – and always encouraged me to be my own boss. My mother thought she retired after 35+ years of government service — until I told her I was starting my firm in 2016 (a few months after she retired) and enlisted her help. She has tirelessly worked with me to ensure my firm is a success. As for my husband, it was essential for me to choose a partner that supported my ambitions, and I’m lucky I chose well.