About Diana

Diana Adams, Esq.

Diana is a mediator, lawyer, speaker, facilitator, and coach. Healthy honest communication is the thread throughout Diana’s work. In all of these roles, Diana encourages and teaches others to speak beyond taboos, through fear, about crucial issues like relationships, consent, sexuality, monogamy, parenting, money, and trauma. By skipping or mishandling these conversations to avoid conflict, we can face misunderstandings that lead to conflict in families and relationships, we may not meet each others needs or hopes, and we may not honor each others boundaries fully. Communication and emotional skills are soft skills that often are not taught because we assume adults will pick up along the way- but we very often don’t. 


Diana is passionate about sharing real-world tools to transform communication, self-awareness, and our lives.


Diana is a popular keynote speaker and facilitator on these issues as well as on LGBTQ family law issues, and is interviewed as an expert regularly in publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and on television shows such as The View.


Diana is a trained mediator by the NY Peace Institute and the Center for Understanding in Conflict, and has worked with hundreds of couples, triads, and other families to support peaceful decision-making and healthy communication. 


Diana received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School focusing on feminist legal theory and American government reform. Diana practiced welfare law reform for New York City and worked in legal services for women and families in poverty before starting her innovative boutique law practice Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC in 2006, focusing on advocacy for LGBTQ and chosen families.



WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DIANA?


Diana travels between New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, managing our European and NY offices, and is available to clients in both regions, with frequent touring of the U.S. and Europe in between. Diana welcomes opportunities to meet with clients and do speaking appearances along her travels. 


When not stated, Diana is in Frankfurt, Germany seeing clients in that region in person and clients around the world via video conference.


Here is an up-to-date schedule of Diana’s future travel to New York and elsewhere.  

  • October 12, 2018:  Speaking at the Women, Sex & Power Symposium in NYC: https://www.opencenter.org/women-sex-power-a-symposium/ 
  • October 13-26, 2018: NYC, Boston, Albany
  • Early February 2019: NYC
  • May 2019: Venice, Italy; NYC
  • June 2019: Rome, Italy; Burgundy, France
  • August 2019: NYC; Philadelphia; Belgium
  • October 2019: Virginia