Daniel Diaz Leyva is an attorney and businessman with a broad range of general transactional experience with a particular focus in the areas of real estate and finance. He co-founded Diaz Leyva & Gil PLLC, where he represents investors, owners and operators in structuring, acquiring, financing, leasing, developing and selling real estate and financial institutions in loan transactions secured by real estate. He also serves as outside general counsel to companies ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies advising them on their daily business affairs. He has extensive experience in government relations as he also counsels clients with issues before local and state government. He has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and is Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rated AV Preeminent, a significant rating accomplishment testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Prior to co-founding Diaz Leyva & Gil PLLC, he was previously with Foley & Lardner LLP, one of our nation’s oldest and most respected AmLaw 50 law firms.
Mr. Diaz Leyva is actively engaged in the South Florida community and has been recognized by several organizations for his service including the Ruth Shack Leadership Award from The Miami Foundation in 2012. This award is given annually to an emerging leader who embodies the qualities of ethical leadership, dedication and service to Greater Miami. He was recently appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College, the Nation's largest and most diverse public institution of higher education. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Anthem Bank & Trust, a federally chartered savings association with operations in Louisiana, Texas and Florida. He helped establish and serves as the executive director of the US chapter of the Consejo Empresarial de America Latina (CEAL), an organization consisting of some of the most prominent business leaders in Latin America to promote economic development in the region. Appointed by the Speaker Will Weatherford of the Florida House of Representatives, he previously served on the Board of Directors of Florida Health Choices, a corporation charged with increasing access to affordable, quality care by creating a competitive market for purchasing health insurance. He has also served on the Boards of the CHARLEE Homes for Children, Banyan Health Systems, Latin Builders Association, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund and the University of Miami Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies.
He graduated from the University of Miami with Honors with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Finance) and St. Thomas University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. He resides in Coral Gables with his wife Cristina and their two children, Daniel Jr. and Adriana.