Diane is a partner of the Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office. Diane approaches her defense practice with a thorough understanding of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law honed from serving as a Commissioner for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for nine years. In that capacity, Diane affirmed, modified, and otherwise decided about 20 cases each week on issues ranging from entitlement to temporary total disability to analysis of files for assessment of penalties.
Diane has been chosen by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to provide legal training to Commissioners and Arbitrators.
Diane has been a frequent presenter of the 2011 legislative changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, having closely followed the legislative process from Senate and House hearings in 2010 through passage in the General Assembly in 2011. She has presented to numerous employers, insurance carriers and trade groups. Diane also participated in the development of suggested rules associated with the legislative changes.
Diane volunteers with Legal Prep Charter Academies, a charter high school located on the west side of Chicago. Diane coordinated attorneys and staff with the Legal Prep teachers for a year-long mentoring program. The first year culminated in a mock trial, which took place in Federal Court. Students travel to the firm for monthly lessons with occasional visits to the school for onsite lessons. The volunteer commitment is to mentor the students over their four-year high school experience.
Diane graduated from DePaul University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois in 1985.
In addition to her experience as a Commissioner for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Diane also previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County.