Diane is a seasoned attorney with over 30 years of multijurisdictional experience representing clients — particularly in the aerospace, aviation and insurance industries — in high-stakes commercial litigation throughout the U.S. and in international courts and arbitral forums.

In addition, she provides strategic counselling to a wide variety of airlines, airports and manufacturers on long-term business decisions.

Diane has been involved in many of the aviation industry’s most significant cases, including representing EL AL Israel Airlines, Ltd. in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court multilateral treaty case (EL AL Israel Airlines v. Tseng) that established the Montreal Convention as the exclusive cause of action in air disasters, barring recovery under alternative theories of liability. Diane tried the case in the Southern District of New York and argued the appeal before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She also represented airline defendants in Chan v. Korean Air and Olympic Airways v. Hussain before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of MRO in successful resolution of $6.5 million claim asserted by one of the largest commercial airline leasing companies
  • Air Century Flight CEY521
  • Air India Express Flight 812 at Mangalore
  • Continental Airlines Flight 128 Severe Turbulence
  • Tropic Air Flight 9N2300 (Belize)
  • In re Deep Vein Thrombosis Litigation
  • Astrium v. Dutch Space satellite litigation
  • Swissair Flight 111 Crash
  • TAM Airlines Flight 402 at Sao Paulo
  • Enforcement of arbitration clause in Travelport Nigeria contract
  • Enforcement of UK default foreign money judgment by New York Court of Appeals
  • Euro USA Trading US $9 million+ judgment enforcing exclusive trademark licensing agreement
  • British Airways Flight 149 during Invasion of Kuwait
  • American Eagle Flight 4184 near Roselawn, Indiana
  • Korean Airlines 007 Shoot Down by Soviet Union
  • Arrow Air Disaster at Gander, Newfoundland
  • Japan Air Lines Mount Gumna Crash
  • TWA Flight 800
  • Liability Counsel for JFK IAT Terminal 4 construction and operations
  • British Airways Holidays Bus Crash near Kent, United Kingdom
  • Mercury Bay Boating Club Challenge for the America's Cup
  • ICC arbitration joint venture dispute between United Kingdom and German conglomerates
  • MGM Retroactive Insurance Litigation

Before Fox Rothschild

Diane co-chaired the aviation practice at LeClairRyan, a national law firm.

Honors & Awards

  • Nominated for Women in Business Law, Aviation - Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas
  • Top Women Attorneys - Aviation and Aerospace - New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine and New York Times Supplement, 2013 - 2019
  • World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers (Euromoney Publications)
  • New York Super Lawyers, Manhattan edition—the only female lawyer recognized in aviation and aerospace for multiple years
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Transportation: Aviation Litigation - Nationwide
  • The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers
  • World's Leading Women in Business Law
  • Top Women, Super Lawyers magazine
  • Named to the list of "Super Lawyers" for Aviation & Aerospace in New York (2006 - 2010, 2013 - 2020)

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