Estela Díaz focuses on government and regulatory investigations and litigation, internal investigations and labor and employment matters.
Practice & Background
Ms. Díaz has represented companies and individuals in a variety of criminal and regulatory investigations involving state and federal governmental authorities. In addition, Ms. Díaz has experience conducting internal investigations involving allegations of misconduct against senior executives of public companies and other organizations.
Her investigation experience includes:
- Conducting various Title IX investigations for a university involving complaints against both students and faculty;Investigating defensively complaints of sexual harassment and other discrimination allegations at the demand or complaint stage of litigation.
- Conducting investigation of executive director of non-profit organization for alleged improper conduct with program participants.
- Representing a public company in an investigation of a regional manager into allegations of favoritism and inappropriate conduct, including an alleged romantic relationship with a subordinate.
- Conducting investigations for the audit committee of a multinational public company in Europe into allegations of fraud, whistleblower retaliation and sexual harassment.
- Investigating anonymous complaint against CEO of Mexican subsidiary of a public company involving accounting issues.
- Conducting investigation for the audit committee of a public company into allegations of misconduct by its former CEO, including improper accounting.
- Representing an investment management company in DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations.
- Representing a financial institution in investigations of conduct in the spot FX market.
- Representing a financial institution in investigations of practices related to mortgage-backed securities.
In the employment context, she has litigated employment discrimination suits and putative class actions involving wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law. On behalf of a professional sports league, she has also litigated matters seeking to enforce or vacate arbitration awards. She is a certified Title IX investigator.
Immediately prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Díaz was a trial attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s New York District Office, where she litigated individual and class actions involving discrimination and harassment.
Ms. Díaz is currently a member of the New York office’s diversity committee and is a 2013 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.