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Diane J. Zelmer


Diane J. Zelmer joined the firm in 2015 as a shareholder. Prior to joining the firm, Zelmer served as the in-house corporate counsel for a national telecommunications company and also as an associate with a large Florida law firm and a mid-size construction litigation firm. She has focused on representing sureties, owners, and public and private contractors in both trial and appellate proceedings involving construction lien claims, contractual disputes, defects, time delays, change orders, and other matters. She also has experience with payment and performance bond actions involving equitable subrogation, setoff priorities to contract balances, conditional payment bonds, and timely compliance along with bid protests.

Zelmer earned board certification in construction law by The Florida Bar in 2013, making her one of the less than 350 attorneys to have earned this distinction as of 2015. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience in an area of practice, and only board certified Florida Bar members are allowed to identify themselves as experts and specialists. She is admitted to the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Zelmer received her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2006 and her B.S., with summa cum laude honors, from Florida Atlantic University in 2003. While at the University of Florida, she served as a member of the Florida Law Review and received the Best Research Award. Prior to attending law school, Zelmer obtained experience as an accountant, concentrating in foreign payroll taxation as well as U.S. corporate and individual taxation.

Zelmer is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women, the American Bar Association’s Construction Industry Forum and Litigation Section, the Broward County Bar Association, the FDOT Dispute Resolution Board, and The Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate Trust Law Section, Construction Law Section and Construction Law Committee.