Attorney Profile

Born: October 5, 1953. Admitted to Bar 1979 Florida; U. S. Federal District Court, Southern and Middle Districts; U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

Education: Kirkland College, Clinton, New York B. A. 1975 (now merged with Hamilton College); Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida (J. D. cum laude 1978)

Author: Cruel & Unusual Punishment: No Death Penalty For Rape, Stetson Law Review


Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator:

June 2000
Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Law Mediator: June 2000
Florida Supreme Court Certified Foreclosure Mediator: March 2010
Florida Qualified Arbitrator

Adjunct Professor: University of Miami Litigation Skills Program (1987 - present);
Acting Director (2008 - 09)

Legal Broadcast Commentator: CNN / Court TV

Professional Honors: AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell peer review rating service; The Ray Pearson Guardian Ad Litem Award by Judges of the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Family Division; Life Fellow, American Bar Association

Academic Guest Lecturer: University of Miami School of Law, Nova University School of Law, Barry University

Continuing Legal Education Lecturer: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Dade County Trial Lawyers, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Trial Advocacy Program, University of South Florida

Professional Affiliations and Service: Member, Florida Supreme Court Bench/Bar Commission (1990-92); Chairperson; 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (1989-90); Vice-Chair Trial Lawyers Section Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (1999); Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors (1981-85); Executive Committee (1983-85), Judicial Endorsements and Conduct Committee: (1984-85); Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) President: State Organization (1986-87 ), Dade County Chapter (1981-82) Dade County Juvenile Justice System: Pro Bono Children’s Advocate: (1982-95 ); Florida International University (FIU) Charter advisor: Women’s Business Development Center (1992-95).

  • Diane M. Van Ness
    P.O. Box 546611
    Miami, FL 33154

    Phone: (305) 389-2860
    Fax: (305) 866-8322

    E-mail:

    dmediate1@cs.com