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Diane McDonald

Board Certified Family Law Specialist

Having grown up in the Midwest, Diane graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Social Work with a BSW in 1968.  In 1972, she obtained 16 hours towards her MSW, but decided to attend law school, beginning in 1976 at the University of Nebraska School of Law.  While in law school, she received the Gretchen Bechtol Lee Scholarship for two years, won the Thomas Stinson Allen Award for Moot Court, was on the National Moot Court Team, and was an Associate and Assistant Editor of the Nebraska Law Review.  While a law student and Legal Counsel at Western Carolina University, she published articles on the topics of corporations, patent law, contract, property rights under the 14th Amendment, and the Freedom of Information Act.

Diane has been licensed by the North Carolina State Bar since 1979.  She was employed by Redmond, Stevens, Loftin and Currie, served as Legal Counsel to Western North Carolina University, represented abused and neglected children as a Guardian Ad Litem Attorney, and was employed by Robert E. Riddle, P.A. and The McDonald Law Office, P.A.

Diane has been a Board Certified Family Law Specialist since 1996 and has participated in numerous trials and mediations.  She is certified as a Parent Coordinator pursuant to NCGS §50-90.  She has made professional presentations on Women and North Carolina Law, negligence and corporal punishment in North Carolina, affirmative action and nondiscrimination in colleges and universities, removing acrimony from family law, North Carolina Civil Procedure, and uses and abuses in termination of parental rights cases.  In the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, she was named a North Carolina Super Lawyer.

Diane’s proudest accomplishments are her three daughters, Megan, Molly, and Maggie, who have provided her love, insight, strength, humor and support.  Each one is outstanding in their respective fields of education and design.


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