Micabil Diaz-Martinez

Bankruptcy Law
Diaz Law Firm, LLC
995 Applegate Road
Suite 9
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 836-1444
www.mikediazlaw.com


Attorney Micabil Diaz has been practicing law over 28 years. His legal career can succinctly be summarized as one of service; both at the governmental and the not-for profit arena. His career includes significant litigation experience in both state and federal venues, including the military under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. One of the highlights of his career as an army judge advocate was the authorship, while deployed in Bosnia, of a standard operations procedure for the safekeeping and protection of evidence of mass graves on behalf of the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (IWCTFY).

Upon his honorable discharge from military service, Attorney Diaz returned to Wisconsin where he appeared as the attorney of record in over 200 cases in courts throughout the state, representing individuals and institutions in a myriad of legal issues. As to the federal venue Attorney Diaz has represented individuals and has appeared in both the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin primarily in litigation involving civil rights cases under Section 1983. As Assistant Chief Legal Counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Attorney Diaz represented the interests of the agency for a period of six years in both the Eastern and Western District’s Bankruptcy Courts. In the area of administrative law, Attorney Diaz conducted over 200 administrative hearings in Wisconsin as a Class 3 hearing officer on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition as a prosecuting attorney for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Attorney Diaz provided direct legal representation to the Department and its Boards in administrative hearings on disciplinary matters and license denials. Attorney Diaz also served as Deputy Secretary from 2005-2007 for the Department of Workforce Development overseeing the agency’s day to day operations, and supervising the agency’s $2 billion annual budget. In 2005, Attorney Diaz served as Chairperson to the Governor’s Minimum Wage Advisory Council.

From 1997 to 2000 Attorney Diaz served as the legal director of the state affiliate of the national ACLU. In this capacity he coordinated the advocacy, litigation, lobbying efforts and public education of civil liberties and civil rights of all residents of Wisconsin.

Currently Attorney Diaz is owner and managing attorney of Diaz Law Firm, LLC. Based in Middleton Wisconsin, the firm focuses on individual representation of clients in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal and family law.

Professional Experience

Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs (2007-2013)
Division Administrator, Division of Veterans’ Homes, Department of Veterans Affairs (2007)
Deputy Secretary, Department of Workforce Development (2005-2007)
Administrator, Equal Rights Division, Department of Workforce Development (2003-2005)
Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin Foundation (2000-2003)
Attorney, Stoltman Law Offices (1999-2000)
Attorney, Legal Services of Northeastern Wisconsin (1997-1999)
Judge Advocate, U.S. Army (1992-1997)

Education

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
BA, History and Political Science – 1986
JD [Thomas Moore Scholar] – 1989

Bar AdmissionsWisconsin

US District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
US District Court Western District of Wisconsin
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Army Court of Military Review
US Army Court of Criminal Appeals
US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Languages

English (Fluent)
Spanish (Fluent)
French (Fluent)

Organizations

State Bar of Wisconsin
American Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association (President – 2006-2007, 2012-2014)
Milwaukee Bar Association
Dane County Bar Association
Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
American GI Forum Wisconsin Chapter
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1318
American Legion Post 348

Honors

Milwaukee’s Latino Citizen of the Year Award – 2003
Hoban-Davenport Disabled American Veterans Award – 2006
Wisconsin Hispanic Man of the Year – 2006

Military Service

U. S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1992-1997)