About

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Diane de Seve is a solo practitioner and has been practicing criminal law for 20 years. For the last 14 years she was associated with Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, LLP, located in Palo Alto. She has handled a wide variety of state and federal cases including, domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence (DUI), petty theft, grand theft, shoplifting, securities fraud,insurance fraud, embezzlement, bribery of a public official, resisting arrest, sex offenses, drug offenses, assault, battery, elder abuse and burglary. Ms. de Seve also has extensive experience handling juvenile matters and suspension/expulsion hearings before school boards. Her broad practice includes representing clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission. She represents clients primarily with criminal matters pending in Santa Clara County (Palo Alto, San Jose and Morgan Hill) and San Mateo County (Redwood City and South San Francisco) and has extensive court and trial experience.

Knowledge & Dedication
Ms. de Seve graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, in 1979. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude (top 3%), in 1986. Her honors include membership on the Moot Court Board, where she qualified as a quarter-finalist in the National Robert F. Wagner Sr. Labor Moot Court Competition. She was also selected to participate in the Cardozo Criminal Law Clinic, directed by Professor Barry Scheck (founder of the Innocence Project), for which she received the highest ranking in her class.

Upon graduating from law school, Ms. de Seve worked at the Legal Aid Society Criminal Appeals Bureau in New York City. Thereafter, she worked at a New York City law firm representing clients in a variety of complex civil and white-collar criminal defense matters involving RICO, securities and trade secret law. She moved to Palo Alto in 1992 where she took a leave to raise her children and resumed practicing as a criminal defense attorney in Palo Alto in 2001.

Ms. de Seve is admitted to the California State Bar and the New York State Bar. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She is a member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Public Defenders Association, State Bar of California Criminal Law Section, the Santa Clara Bar Association, the San Mateo Bar Association and the Palo Alto Bar Association.