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Diane Menashe has tried more than 100 criminal and civil cases to jury verdict including the recent case of State v. Dr. William Husel, where the jury returned 14 not guilty verdicts for her client, an ICU intensivist, who was charged with over prescribing fentanyl while providing end of life care to patients.
Diane has extensive experience in criminal defense in both state and federal courts handling high-level felony offenses, white collar matters, death penalty litigation and juvenile cases. Since joining Ice Miller an equal share of her practice is trying complex civil litigation and handling internal investigations. 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.
Diane serves as the Vice Chair of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group. She is also the Firm’s Director of Litigation Training and Pro Bono Activities. With Diane at the helm, Ice Miller ensures that junior lawyers learn the necessary litigation skills to become effective advocates and trial lawyers for our clients. Not only does she conduct in-house training and oversee the Firm’s long standing Mock Trial program, but she marries litigation training with the Firm's significant engagement in pro bono work.
Diane teaches annually as a faculty member of Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop where she teaches alongside of some of the best trial lawyers and judges in the country. In recognition of her experience as a trial lawyer, Diane is a fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL).
Diane, a four-year collegiate rower, coached the Tulane Law School varsity women’s rowing team while attending law school at the University. She brings the team approach to her work at Ice Miller.
Representative Clients
Reported and Representative Cases
  • State v. Gustave Sapharas, 17 CR 119
  • State v. Nickolas Traylor, 17 CR 647
  • State v. Bobbi Proehl, 16 CR 424
  • State v. Russell Littrell, 16 CR 565
  • State v. John McClain, 16 CR 240
  • State v. Trevon McCreary, 15 CR 2418
  • State v. LeeAnn McClain, 16 CR 157
  • State v. Joseph Knott, 15 CR 596
  • State v. Sullivan, 15 CR 22
  • State v. Martin
  • State v. Spears
Death Penalty
  • State v. Brian Golsby, 17 CR 912
  • United States v. Lance A. Green, 2:14-cr-217
  • State v. Willie Dumas, 14 CR 2806
  • State v. Danny Hensley, 12 CR 566
  • United States v. Iradell Crumpton, 07 CR 487
  • United States v. Henderson 2;06-cr-36
  • United States v. Daryl Lawrence, 2:05 cr 211
  • State v. Martin Baxter
  • State v. Richard Robinson
Federal Cases
  • United States v. David Ayotte, 2:17-cr-72
  • United States v. Lance A. Green, 2:14-cr-127
  • United States v. Doug Hampton, 2:13-cr-180
  • United States v. Thomas Jackson, 2:14-cr-106
  • United States v. Sean Clark, 2;11-cr-253
  • United States v. Thomas Henderson, 2:06-cr-39
  • United States v. Daryl Lawrence, 2:05 cr 211
Felony Cases
  • State v. Robert Shaffer, 17 CR 678
  • State v. Charles Chandler, 17 CR 280
  • State v. Kevin Clouse, 17 CR 157
  • State v. Davis, 17 CR 503
  • State v. Brandon Edmonds, 16 CR 95
  • State v. Adam Alexander, 16 CR 478
  • State v. Joseph Pond, 16 CR 684
  • State v. Roy Fritts, 14 CR 659
  • State v. Dustin Fisher, 14 CR 667
  • State v. Roderick Davis, 14 CR 647
  • State v. Dacian Cabiness, 14 CR 55
  • State v. Logan Terry, 15 CR 220
  • State v. Zakery Neldon, 12 CR 571
  • State v. Kip Klages, 11 CR 1775
  • State v. Donald Moore, 10 CR 197
  • State v. Byler
Firm Publications
Blog Posts
Speaking Engagements
  • ACTL: Anatomy of a Trial, February 4, 2021
  • Moody Nolan: Walk the Talk: Mass Incarceration Panel Discussion, December 4, 2020
  • The Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer American Inn of Court: Pro Bono Engagement in the Legal Profession, October 14, 2020
  • Purdue Alumni Webinar: Careers in Law, September 29, 2020
  • Ohio State Bar Association Death Penalty Defense CLE, August 14, 2020
  • "Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Judicial Reform," Columbus Metropolitan Club, July 29, 2020
  • HER614 Charting Your Career, May 1, 2020
  • WELD Executive Women's Series, April 17, 2020
  • OWBA Leadership Institute Panel Discussion, March 6, 2020
  • OACDL Annual Death Penalty Seminar, November 21, 2019
  • OSLSA Advocacy Skills Training Seminar, August 8, 2019
  • OACDL Annual Death Penalty Seminar, November 16, 2018
  • ACTL Trial Skills Boot Camp, September 6, 2018
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