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Meet Diana

Diana grew up in Savannah, Georgia. It was during her childhood that she learned the value of hard work. Her father was a boat mechanic and to make extra money, he would catch shrimp to sell to local markets and Diana spent many days tagging along. She can still throw a cast net and peel a shrimp faster than anyone. She was also one of those kids who was obsessed with horses, but could not afford one so she started working at a local riding stable in exchange for lessons. Her childhood was filled with hard work and long days, but she describes it as absolute heaven. She continued working hard through high school and college, where she earned both academic and athletic scholarships and became a Co-Captain of the Berry College Women's Equestrian Team. During her time as a student athlete, she also worked 20 hours a week at an on campus job and worked her way up to Supervisor, all while maintaining a full academic schedule. 

After college Diana set her sights on law school and attended Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. As a law student, she chose to focus on gaining real world experience. She participated in the internship program where she tried real cases against experienced, licensed attorneys. She was successful in these cases and earned high praise from the trial team, both of whom went on to successful careers of their own as a District Attorney and a State Court Judge. Diana is still friends with both women and credits them as some of her earliest cheerleaders and professional mentors. 

Following law school, Diana lead the Domestic Violence Unit in Clayton County as its sole prosecutor. When an opportunity to move to Cobb County presented itself, Diana joined the Cobb County Solicitor General's Office in May 2010. She still serves there and has risen to Deputy Chief Assistant.  As an Assistant Solicitor, Diana has had the privilege of practicing before nearly every State Court judge and has honed her skills as a litigator, especially when she tried nearly a dozen jury trials in a twelve month span. Her current duties include training new prosecutors, supervising traffic court and overseeing the school bus stop arm calendars. This is a role she thoroughly enjoys, as she is in State Court every single day and has become intimately familiar with the inner workings of the courthouse. Diana has earned an impeccable professional reputation and cultivated the friendship and respect of everyone, from the Defense Bar to the courthouse staff to the other sitting judges.   

Diana has served as an instructor for local law enforcement agencies teaching case building and courtroom testimony skills. She was appointed to sit on the Board of Commissioners for the Marietta Housing Authority by Marietta Mayor Thunder Tumlin. She lives in Marietta with her husband, Stirling, a Cobb native. Together they have three sons who attend Marietta City Schools, and a chocolate lab named Boss. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. She is an avid football fan with impressive trivia knowledge. In her spare time Diana enjoys being outdoors and playing sports herself, but will most likely be found cheering loudly from the sideline of whatever sport her sons are playing. 

 

 

 


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