Employment law: Ms. Diener has worked on cases involving sexual harassment and discrimination, religious and ethnic discrimination, wrongful termination, illegal wage practices, civil rights of persons with disabilities and ERISA. She won the defense of a private employer accused of discrimination in an Office of Human Rights case, and was a key member of a defense team for a public employer accused of discrimination in an Equal Employment Opportunity case. She has handled personnel and labor concerns in an estate.
See, e.g., Openshaw, et al. v. Cohen, Klingenstein & Marks, Inc., No. 03:cv-01838 (D. Md. June 3, 2004) (memorandum opinion in ERISA action granting motion to strike affirmative defenses, and granting in part and denying in part motion for leave to file amended complaint); Richardson v. Selective Insurance Group, Inc., et al., No. 06:cv-2584 (D. Md. Dec. 23, 2008) (memorandum opinion granting motion for summary judgment in favor of defendants in wrongful termination action).
Insurance coverage: Ms. Diener is highly skilled in interpreting policies and analyzing coverage for commercial and personal liability. She is experienced in handling declaratory judgment actions. She also procured appropriate insurance for business and property in an estate.
See, e.g.,Westfield, LLC, et al. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., et al., No. 07:cv-01224 (D. Md. July 20, 2009) (order granting joint motion to dismiss with prejudice with respect to certain defendants in insurance coverage action).
Environmental law: Ms. Diener has worked on cases involving acts and omissions that caused the release of hazardous and toxic chemicals and substances into the homes, businesses, soils and groundwater of property in Maryland. She has successfully resolved such disputes. In 2013, she settled a dispute with a commercial tenant in an estate resulting in the tenant's removal of a forty-year-old underground storage tank system and contaminated soil and water at a gasoline station. She obtained a closure letter from the Maryland Department of the Environment for the property.
See also, e.g., Eric Sullivan v. Cherry Hill Apts., et al., No. 24-C-05-005414 (Cir. Ct. Balt. City April 19, 2007) (order granting summary judgment in favor of defendant in lead paint action); Allison, et al. v. ExxonMobil, et al., No. 03-C-07-003809 (Cir. Ct. Balt. Co. Jan. 20, 2009) (served as local counsel and assisted in obtaining stipulation of dismissal with respect to certain defendants in civil tort action involving the release of gasoline); Eric Edwards, III, et al. v. HABC, et al., No. 24-C-08-000660 (Cir. Ct. Balt. City Oct. 8, 2009) (obtained stipulation of dismissal in lead paint action).
Construction law: Ms. Diener has worked on cases involving various aspects of building codes, property damage and insurance coverage, surety bonds, the Consumer Protection Act, the New Home Warranties Act, and numerous contract issues.
Appeals: Ms. Diener has drafted appellate briefs for state and federal cases and successfully argued before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
See, e.g., Central Parking System of Maryland, Inc., et al. v. Michael Euler, et al., No. 2153 Sept. Term 2006 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Aug. 8, 2008) (unreported opinion reversing judgment of Circuit Court as to corporate defendant with respect to all claims, including 42 U.S.C. 1983 and attorneys fees); Theresa Bradley v. CVS Corp., et al., No. 08-2046 (4th Cir. July 23, 2009) (affirming district court's order in Bradley v. CVS Corp, No. 8:07-cv-02732-PJM (D. Md. Aug. 28, 2008), granting Appellees' motion to dismiss complaint in civil tort action).
Estates and Trusts: Ms. Diener has worked on cases involving wills, trusts and guardianships. She has significant experience in estate administration and she also drafts wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care advance directives, living wills and deeds. She has served as Personal Representative in complicated estates.