Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Diaz.
Jennifer, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was always a hard worker and believed strongly in internships. Throughout law school, I had twelve internships in numerous areas. I did not have a strong inclination for one area of practice and really wanted to experience different areas to figure out what I both wanted, and more importantly, did not want to do. My last internship was a clinical internship, meaning I actually paid my school to receive credit and worked for a firm full time (without pay). I was excited to gain real world experience and was in a business law clinical program. During my interview, I was told the position available was in international trade. I said that sounded great, without having an inkling of what it really meant. I asked if there were books I should read to prepare for the internship, and was told Kiss, Bow, Or Shake Hands would be helpful. It was a terrific book, but, did not prepare me for the crazy road ahead. That was 2006. Almost 14 years later and I’m still in the Customs and International Trade law field and am now a board-certified international attorney with my own legal practice. I now tell any intern or young lawyer craving to learn more about this area to read U.S. Customs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures (International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series).
Has it been a smooth road?
Let’s start with the fact that I am a woman who is 5’1 and have a young-looking face (my mother has great skin). I’ve absolutely had challenges along the way. It took a substantial amount of time for the South Florida community to regard me as an expert in my field, and not regard me as someone who looks like their granddaughter. In order to combat this, I took a board certification exam and became a board-certified international attorney. I have now had to re-certify and have even served on the board certification committee approving those who wish to apply to become board-certified. I also became very active in the community and on non-profit boards. At one time I was serving on 10 boards at once and served as an adjunct professor of International Law at a local university. I currently serve as the President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) which has 20 chapters worldwide and has been recognized as a leader in the community. One of my biggest challenges was proving to everyone who doubted me that I could both successfully work in the field as well as originate clients. I now have a successful law firm and will be proudly celebrating Diaz Trade Law’s 4th anniversary in January 2020!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Diaz Trade Law is a law firm specializing in Customs and International Trade Law services, assisting companies with successfully complying with the multitude of U.S. federal laws and regulations related to both import and export transactions as well as supply chain security. We are passionate about strategizing with clients to achieve successful results while optimizing compliance with U.S. federal government agencies. We represent global clients of every size, from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. What’s different about Diaz Trade Law is we’re a boutique firm with a worldwide reach and impact. We treat our clients like family and are incredible results-oriented. We are passionate about assisting clients with successfully navigating U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement cases, including detentions, seizures, forfeitures, and mitigating fines and penalties assessed by CBP.
I am most proud of awards received (International Women’s Day Honoree, Super Lawyers, OWIT International Member of the Year, to name a few) and client feedback like below:
– “There are not enough words to describe Jennifer’s expertise, client bedside manner, industry respect and educator to the layman. She stands out in the crowd of attorneys in that she shares what she has worked so hard to master and enables the client to work with it on their own. She genuinely has the client’s best interest at heart and as her first priority.”
– “Jennifer is the best attorney I have ever met.”
– “Jennifer Diaz is the BEST customs attorney in the United States. No matter what city or state you are in, you can always count on her great communication and knowledge. We are a California based company and after having our shipment detained by U.S. Customs for close to 40 days, we hired Jennifer and she got our shipment released in a matter of less than a week. We searched the Internet and spoke to many attorneys locally and statewide, but Jennifer was the BEST. Highly recommended.”
– “Diaz Trade Law is very knowledgeable in the industry, keeping up with all the constant changes happening within the US regulatory agencies. They understand that being “in the know” translates to value for their clients. They also take a personal interest and develop a relationship with the client. They want to see you succeed!”
– “. It’s an absolute privilege working with Jennifer Diaz and having her firm with dedicated professionals working by our side to ensure that our company policies are in line with Federal and International Trade Laws. Jennifer Diaz has worked with us for over a decade when she first started her career and quickly made her mark as being a leading industry expert in International Trade Law.”
– “I have already told Jennifer that Diaz Trade Law is in my contact book for life. Compliance in the US shouldn’t change but it does depend on who you speak with. Diaz Trade Law is the first firm that I have confidence in which is driven by their attention to detail and time taken to research specific law before advising.”
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Living and working in close proximity was a must for me. I used to have almost an hour commute each way, which was brutal. I personally decided to open an office less than five minutes from my house, which was a game-changer. South Florida desperately needs infrastructure improvements so that our workers can live and work in different cities and not be mentally and physically exhausted when getting to work after surviving our highways.
- Address: 12700 Biscayne Boulevard, Unit 301
North Miami, FL 33181
- Website: www.diaztradelaw.com
- Phone: 305-456-3830
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org