Diane M. Van Ness is an experienced civil and family trial lawyer, mediator and qualified arbitrator practicing in Miami, Florida since 1979. She has tried cases in several different legal areas including commercial fraud, lender liability, foreclosure, family relocation and custody disputes, medical malpractice and antitrust law. She is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Ms. Van Ness now devotes her practice to alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration and frequently serves as a Special Magistrate to determine disputed civil and family law issues. She also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem on family law matters including problematic high conflict divorce cases involving children whose parents are impaired by addiction, severe personality disorders or other behaviors that put their children at risk. In recognition of her work, in 2007, she received the Ray Pearson Guardian Ad Litem Award from the Judges of the Miami-Dale County Circuit Court Family Division.