Diane Slomowitz concentrates her practice on appellate briefing, legal research and legal writing for the firm’s business and individual clients. Her practice spans all of the firms’ substantive practice areas, from transactional services to pre-litigation, litigation and post-litigation matters.
Diane has researched and applied federal and virtually all states’ statutes, administrative regulations and judicial decisions to contracts, acquisitions, dealership matters, employment matters, cooperative disputes and corporate issues.
Diane is routinely called upon by the firm’s other attorneys to obtain, review and analyze statutes, regulations and case law, and to evaluate the enforceability of contracts, the legal requirements for a business transaction or the legal implications of a client’s factual situation. Based on the results of her research, Diane, in consultation with other firm attorneys, determines the most efficient way to obtain the best favorable legal results for her clients.
Diane uses her legal research and writing skills in all of the firm’s major litigation matters. She drafts and files dispositive legal motions and briefs, whether to obtain dismissals of cases improvidently brought against firm clients, or to obtain favorable judgments in cases brought by the firm’s clients. Diane, for example, was instrumental in obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict for a client in a federal lawsuit involving business theft and customer misappropriation.
Diane has successfully participated in the prosecution of lawsuits involving family law, business opportunity theft, contractual interference and distributor claims. She has also successfully defended businesses, employees and individuals in, among others, unfair competition, trade secret, employment discrimination, contract, minimum markup and private school litigation.
Diane also researches, prepares the record and prepares legal briefs to appellate courts, including the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in the firm’s specialized appellate practice. She has successfully obtained the reversal of judgments adverse to firm clients and the affirmance of judgments favorable to other clients.
Diane further acts as editor of the firm’s client newsletters.
In addition to her regular practice, Diane is a regular contributor to various legal publications. She is a contributor to the Wisconsin State Bar’s Inside Track. Her articles include:
She has also written a column titled “Briefs for the Brief Writer” for the Wisconsin Law Journal. Her articles, which cover a wide range of legal subjects, include the following:
- Posner on prose: Oft-cited federal judge dispenses writing advice
- In appellate briefs, don’t forget the brief part
Diane is also a profile writer for the Association of Women Lawyers, for which she regularly interviews and profiles Wisconsin attorneys.
Diane has served as a judge for various student moot court competitions at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University.
In 2008, Diane was appointed a Senior Lawyer by the Center for International Legal Studies headquartered in Salzburg, Austria. As a Senior Lawyer, she taught U.S. business law to management students at the Herzen Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Here is the four-part account of her experience as published in the Wisconsin Law Journal:
- Road to Russia – Part I
- Road to Russia – Part II
- Culture Shock: I’m not in Milwaukee anymore
- Road to Russia – Conclusion
While an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diane interned for State Representative Michael Elconin. During law school at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Diane was a law clerk for the Madison law firm of Wheeler, Van Sickle & Anderson. During her second and third years of law school, she was appointed a legal writing instructor, teaching legal research and writing to first year law students.
Upon graduating from law school, Diane spent a year as law clerk for the Honorable Martha Bablitch, judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Immediately thereafter, she joined Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C., where she has practiced ever since. She became a shareholder in 1986.
Awards & Recognitions
Diane was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest of three children. Convinced of the unlimited power of justice and equality, she is a member of Congregation Sinai’s Social Action Committee. In her spare time, Diane enjoys Milwaukee’s theatre, the city’s lakefront, and traveling. Although she adored the penguins in Antarctica, Diane returns every two years to her treasured Churchill, Manitoba polar bears.