Betty S. Diener has substantial experience and skill in general civil litigation and estate administration. She has successfully resolved a variety of complex cases in many areas of the law in state and federal trial and appellate courts and the orphans' courts. The types of cases she has worked on include civil rights of persons with disabilities, construction, elder law, employment, environmental law, estates and trusts, insurance coverage and insurance defense, landlord/tenant, lead paint, legal malpractice, medical malpractice and products liability. Ms. Diener also provides insurance coverage analysis and opinions.
Ms. Diener graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1997. She was a member of the Editorial Board of the Maryland Law Review and a student attorney in the Civil Rights of Persons with Disabilities Clinical Workshop. She successfully advocated for persons with disabilities. Upon graduation, she was recognized for her work by The Arc of the United States, Inc., and The Arc of Baltimore, Inc.
After law school, Ms. Diener clerked for The Honorable John Carroll Byrnes at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and then worked at several law firms, including Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, P.A. and Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien & Courtney, P.C., where she became Of Counsel before starting her own practice.
In addition to the Maryland Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Ms. Diener is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Ms. Diener received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Goucher College. Prior to law school, she obtained her Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in historical musicology from Columbia University. Her interest in law is manifest in her dissertation, which is interdisciplinary, drawing on social, political, and economic history, as well as English and comparative literature. She has studied in Germany and worked in economic forecasting in France. She has taught at Columbia University, The Johns Hopkins University, and the Peabody Elderhostel, and has given professional papers in Chicago, Illinois, and San Luis Obispo, California.
She remains an avid supporter of the arts, regularly attending performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.