Diane focuses her practice on construction law, professional liability defense, insurance defense, general civil litigation and appeals. She has bench trial and jury trial experience at the state and federal levels, and is a graduate of the prestigious and intensive IADC Trial Academy. Diane has briefed appellate cases in state and federal court, and has argued before the Missouri Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to joining Brown & Ruprecht in 2010, Diane served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John F. Wright with the Nebraska Supreme Court. Outside of the office, Diane is a member of the Kansas City Rowing Club and serves on its Board of Directors. She previously served on the Board of Trustees for Rho Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
B.S., Business Administration, University of Nebraska, cum laude
J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law, cum laude
Honors & Awards
Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition (2013-2016)
IADC Trial Academy
Judicial Law Clerk – The Honorable John F. Wright, Nebraska Supreme Court University of Nebraska College of Law
Bar Admissions & Professional Associations
U.S. Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court – Kansas
U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri
American Bar Association – Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
Defense Research Institute
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Seminars & Publications
Miller Act One-Year Statute of Limitations: Jurisdictional or Claim Processing Rule?, IADC Fidelity and Surety Committee Newsletter, December 2014.
DRI Fidelity and Surety Roundtable Presenter in Chicago, Illinois, “Surety Takeover: Options in the Face of Default,” May 16, 2014.
Enforcing Forum Selection Clauses after Atlantic Marine, IADC Fidelity and Surety Committee Newsletter, April 2014.
Navigating Surety Claims on a Federal Project, For the Defense, March 2014, at 48.
Federal Service Disabled Veterans Set-Aside Program, IADC Fidelity and Surety Committee Newsletter, July 2011.
Westfield Insurance Company v. Harvest Construction Gen. Contracting, Inc., et al., Johnson County, Kansas. Obtained $2,500,000 judgment and completed the most comprehensive collections proceedings in Johnson County history.
Bob DeGeorge Associates, Inc., et al. v. Hawthorn Bank, 377 S.W. 3d 592 (Mo. banc. 2012). Diane successfully argued before the Missouri Supreme Court to change Missouri construction law so that mechanic’s liens take priority over an unrecorded purchase money deed of trust.