M. Diane Vogt 

After graduating cum laude from Wayne State University Law School where she served on the Law Review as Associate Editor, Diane quickly became “AV” rated as a litigator in Detroit by Martindale-Hubbell. She is also “AV” rated in Tampa, one of the fewer than 20% of lawyers nationwide to be “AV” rated in two states. Diane was selected as a Leading Florida Attorney, an honor bestowed upon fewer than 5% of Florida lawyers and she was selected as a member of Florida Trend Magazine’s 2004 Florida Legal Elite, which included only the top 2% of Florida’s 70,000 attorneys. She is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers.  She is the author of two law practice management books published by the American Bar Association and writes frequently on Intellectual Property matters for Lexis/Nexis.

Diane is a member of The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice in several federal courts. She has represented some of the most successful Fortune 500 corporations as both national and local counsel, as well as small businesses and individuals. Diane has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts. Her experience includes a wide range of civil matters such as intellectual property, employment, discrimination, commercial, commercial contracts, construction, product liability and general personal injury.

Diane was a litigation partner in the Detroit, Michigan, law firm of Clark, Klein and Beaumont (now Clark Hill) where she began her legal career. She served on various firm committees such as recruiting, training, marketing, client development, and associate development. She defended construction cases, commercial contracts, bankruptcy matters, employment claims, product liability claims, and many other matters for both U.S. and foreign corporate clients as lead counsel. She also taught civil trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at Wayne Law School from 1987 – 1991.

In 1992, she moved her practice to Tampa, Florida, when a client asked her to defend several thousand complicated and sophisticated product liability cases. Diane opened a boutique litigation firm and was quickly engaged to represent several clients as national, regional and local counsel on a wide variety of matters.

Diane has presented at State and National meetings of the American Bar Association, Michigan State Bar, The Florida Bar, Association of Legal Administrators, National Association for Law Placement, Defense Research Institute, and more.

She has been an active member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Preview Tampa Alumni, Vice President of Encore Theatre Advisory Board. Diane served as a member of the board of the quarterly newsletter of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America board for more than five years. She has served as judge of the Edgar committee for Best Paperback Original published in 2002 and editor of the Edgar Annual 2003. She served as National Events Committee Chair, Vice President of National Events and Executive Vice President of the International Thriller Writers, Inc. She is active in Sisters in Crime.