​​Diane is a member of Butler Snow’s litigation department and practices within the Tort, Transportation, & Specialized Litigation Group.

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Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2016
  • U.S. District Courts
    • North Carolina: Eastern, Middle, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 4th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Smart Start of New Hanover County
    • Board of Directors
      • President, 2021-2022
      • Vice President, 2020-2021
  • Brigade Boys & Girls Club
    • Club of Rising Professionals
  • Lawyers for Literacy, Volunteer


  • Super Lawyers®
    • North Carolina Rising Star, Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2021

Education & Honors

  • Elon University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2016
    • Editor-in-Chief, Elon Law Review
    • Dean's Scholar
    • Sam and Vicky Hunt Endowed Scholarship Recipient
  • Davidson College, B.A., Anthropology, 2013


  • Served on civil litigation teams in a variety of contexts, including extra-contractual insurance defense, medical malpractice, maritime law, corporate law, insurance defense, municipal law, and transportation law.
  • Drafted civil commercial legal documents, including pleadings, dispositive motions, briefs, appellate briefs, trial preparation motions and briefs, discovery motions, and settlement agreements.
  • Represented clients in depositions, mediations, and hearings on dispositive motions, discovery disputes, and other civil matters.
  • Successfully argued and obtained a dismissal for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted for an insurance company in extra-contractual litigation regarding failure to procure insurance coverage.
  • ​Successfully argued and obtained a dismissal for insufficient process, insufficient service of process, and lack of personal jurisdiction for an insurance company in litigation regarding improper claim handling.
  • ​Successfully argued and had a default judgment set aside for an insurance company based upon insufficient service in litigation regarding improper claim handling.
  • ​Successfully obtained a dismissal for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted in a maritime personal injury action by a non-Jones Act seaman.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Recent Maritime Law Developments in the U.S. Supreme Court and the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute’s Annual Seminar, Amelia Island, FL, June 2018.
  • Panelist, Elon Law Review’s Symposium on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Greensboro, NC, October 2017.
  • Panelist, North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s “Thorny Issues and Ethical Minefields in Mediation and Arbitration” CLE, Cary, NC, March 2017.