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Diane Menashe Leads Through Trials and Intention

Diane Menashe Leads Through Trials and Intention
October 1, 2020
When Diane Menashe joined Ice Miller in December 2019 as a partner in Litigation and Director of Litigation & Pro Bono Activities, she brought with her rare trial skills and experience.
Diane Menashe has tried more than 100 cases to jury verdict. She has extensive experience in criminal defense, having represented clients in the most serious cases, including more than 30 clients charged with the death penalty in state and federal courts. Earning favorable jury verdicts, which Diane has done a significant number of times, is of equal importance as negotiating the absolute best pretrial outcomes for her clients. Her law practice at Ice Miller focuses on trial work in both criminal and civil cases.
Last week, Diane was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. The ACTL is recognized as the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North American, dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice.
Earlier this year, Diane was inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The IATL is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases). While the majority of the Fellows come from the U.S., the IATL includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process.
“Nobody has anything like the jury trial experience Diane has,” said Ice Miller partner and fellow ACTL and IATL Fellow John Gilligan. “State prosecutors have a lot of trials but this experience is not the same as representing the accused – from where you start and what resources you have to what prejudices the jury brings with them. Diane’s experience is unparalleled.”
Diane is one of only three women from Ohio invited to become an IATL Fellow. She is the only woman ACTL Fellow with a primary practice focused on criminal defense in Columbus, Ohio. Diane is one of only two Ice Miller attorneys (and the only woman!) to obtain fellowship in both organizations.
Diane continues to accrue trial experience as she is next scheduled to start a criminal jury trial on December 1, 2020.

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