Diane Bristow, a principal with Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A., is a litigator who handles a broad spectrum of cases including landlord-tenant, business, employment, and custody and divorce disputes.
Diane has extensive experience representing commercial landlords with multimillion-dollar portfolios and individual property owners in commercial and residential landlord-tenant litigation. Well known for her knowledge of landlord-tenant law and her ability to achieve successful outcomes for clients, she is frequently asked by organizations to lecture on various landlord-tenant matters.
In addition, Diane regularly represents businesses and individuals in fraud, breach of contract, fraudulent conveyance, tortious interference with a contract, violations of noncompete agreements, and other business-related litigation in state and federal courts.
In the area of federal and state employment law, Diane has achieved favorable settlements and decisions for employers facing allegations of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act and Maryland's Wage Payment and Collection Law. She also defends employers against gender discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment and unemployment law claims.
Diane's tireless work on a domestic case was acknowledged in The Daily Record on April 15, 2013, when the Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women (CHANA) praised her "selfless, tenacious and effective advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims."
Prior to joining Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A., Diane practiced law in California where she represented women in breast implant litigation cases and companies in product liability disputes.
Diane is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Maryland and California; and state courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia and California.
Diane is currently president of the Board of Directors for Forward Visions, Inc., a nonprofit association that provides group homes and family support services to adults with severe disabilities. She has been a member of the board since 2004 and previously served as its vice-president.
Extremely active in the Women's Bar Association for the State of Maryland, Diane serves on the board and currently holds the office as immediate past president; She has also served as president, president-elect, vice-president, secretary and treasurer; and is the former co-chair of its Judicial Selection Committee. She is a member of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, serving on its Bench Bar Committee, Historical Committee, Family Law Committee and Professional Ethics Committee.
Diane is also a fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation; a docent for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City Museum; and was named an alumni fellow for the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University.
Before pursuing a career in the law, Diane was a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist who lectured extensively nationally and internationally. She published peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter on assistive technology.
Diane earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles, California, where she graduated first in her class. She also holds a M.S. from Purdue University and a B.S., magna cum laude, from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Southwestern University School of Law
(J.D., Summa Cum Laude)
- First in SCALE Class
- Dean's List
- CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
- Award for Excellence in Writing
- Listed in Who's Who: American Law Students
- Member, Southwestern University Law Review
- Bluebook Award
- Coordinated SCALE Mentor-Mentee Program
- University of California (Certificate in Attorney Assistant Training Program, with Honors)
- Purdue University (M.S.)
- Old Dominion University (B.S., Magna Cum Laude)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California
- U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia
- Phyllis Ransom
- Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation (2013)
- Recognized by the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore in the April 15, 2013, issue of The Daily Record
- Women’s Bar Association, President's Award (2010)
- Fellow, Darden School of Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia (2008)
- Women's Bar Association of Maryland (2003-Present)
- Board of Directors (2009-Present)
- Immediate Past President (2016-2017)
- President (2015-2016)
- President-Elect (2014-2015)
- Vice-President (2013-2014)
- Secretary (2012-2013)
- Treasurer (2011-2012)
- Judicial Section Committee
Committee Member (2007-2009)
- Legislative Reception Co-Chair (2012-2015)
- Historical Committee Chair (2016-2017)
- Bar Association of Baltimore City (2003-Present)
- Member, Family Law Committee
- Member, Bench-Bar Committee
- Member, Ethics Committee Member
- Member, Historical Committee
- Docent, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Museum
- American Bar Association (1999-Present)
- Maryland State Bar Association (2002-Present)
- District of Columbia Bar Association (2002-Present)
- California State Bar Association (1999-Present)
- Forward Visions, Inc., Board of Directors
Vice President (2006-2012)
- Volunteer, Baltimore City Women's Bar Association Resume Workshops for Law Students (2011-Present)
- Volunteer, Zeta Center, Maryland State Bar Association Law Day (2013)
- Judge, Introduction to Pretrial Civil Litigation, University of Maryland (2004-2006)
- Pro Bono Counsel, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (2004-present)
- Pro Bono Counsel Maryland Disability Law Center (2003-2005)
- Volunteer, Hoover Elementary School Community Outreach Program (1998)
- Pro Bono Counsel, Los Angeles Aid Society (2000-2002)
- Judge, Moot Court Competition, Southwestern University School of Law (2001)
- Volunteer, Moot Interview Program, Southwestern University School of Law (2001)
- Adjunct Professor for Paralegal and Business Law, Strayer University, White Marsh, Maryland
- Associate Attorney, Howarth & Smith, Los Angeles, California
- Extern, Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, California
- Senior Paralegal/Paralegal Supervisor, Howarth & Smith, Los Angeles, California
- Paralegal, Howarth & Smith, Los Angeles, California
- Speech-Language Pathologist/Assistive Technology Specialist, Private Practice, Los Angeles, California
- Rehabilitation Services Administration Coordinator, California State University Northridge, Northridge, California
- Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
- "Family Medical Leave Guidelines Are Nothing For Employers To Sneeze At," in Baltimore Business Journal, February 11, 2005.
- "Barrier for Sea Shifts – Constitutional Amendment Process Should Not Change," The Daily Record Law Day Supplement, May 1, 2004.
- "Changing Medicare’s Procedures for Funding Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices," Sw. U.L.Rev., Vol. 29, No. 2 (1999-2000).
- Fundamentals of Landlord Tenant Law. Invited co-presenter for a one-day workshop. Sterling Education Services, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, March 11, 2014.
- Landlord-Tenant Law. Invited co-presenter for a one-day workshop. Sterling Education Services, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, November 9, 2012.
- Evictions in Maryland: Residential and Commercial. Invited co-presenter for a one-day workshop. Lorman Education Services, Baltimore, Maryland, February 12, 2012.
- Evictions: Residential and Commercial. Invited co-presenter for one-day workshop. Lorman Education Services, Timonium, Maryland, February 26, 2008.
- Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: Practice Tips and Application. Invited co-presenter for one-day workshop. National Business Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, January, 2007.
- Advanced Personal Injury Procedures in Maryland for the Experienced Litigation Paralegal. Invited co-presenter for one-day workshop. Institute for Paralegal Education, Baltimore, Maryland, November 18, 2004.
- Essential Litigation Skills for California Paralegals. Invited co-presenter for one-day workshop. Institute for Paralegal Education, Los Angeles, California, December 13, 2001.
- The Impact of Recent United States Supreme Court’s Decision on the American with Disabilities Act, Consumer Attorneys of California, 35th Annual Tahoe Seminar, Stateline, Nevada, March 31, 2000. Also presented at Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, Los Angeles, California, March 19, 2000.