Diane V. Bruns
Practice Highlights

Diane Bruns joined Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP, in 1995 and became a partner in 2001. She practices primarily in the areas of motion and appellate practice—both state and federal—complex civil litigation, civil rights, and criminal defense. She was admitted to practice in New York State in 1993. She represents clients in the Northern and Western (federal court) districts of New York, as well as in all the courts of New York.

Prior to joining the firm, she spent three years as a law clerk at the New York Court of Appeals, first as a court attorney, and then as principal law clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Simons.

Diane is a member of the advisory board of Indigent Representation.

Of Counsel

Diane V. Bruns

Practice Areas
  • Motion and Appellate Practice, State and Federal Courts
  • Litigation, Civil and Criminal, primarily focused on legal research and analysis.
  • New York State Courts
  • US District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Western District of New York
Professional Affiliations
  • BA (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Harvard University
  • JD (summa cum laude), University at Buffalo School of Law
Community Activities
  • Tompkins County Advisory Board on Indigent Representation
  • Tompkins County Democratic Committee; former member
  • Lakeview Mental Health Advisory Board
  • Sandy Pollack Award (Tompkins County Human Rights Commission)
  • Certificate of Appreciation (Lakeview Mental Health Services)
Diane V. Bruns


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Motor vehicle accident, including wrongful death cases:
$100,000 to $10.5 million
Medical malpractice cases:
$540,000 to $2 million
Other personal injury, including products liability cases:
$160,000 to $3 million
Civil rights, including sexual harassment cases:
$150,000 to $1 million
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