Diane’s Curriculum Vitae

Diane started her mediation practice in 1981, Diane Neumann & Associates: Divorce Mediation Services. She is the principal of her firm, which, in addition to herself, offers a panel of mediators. Diane has mediated over two thousand disputes in the areas of separation and divorce, family-owned business, will and estate contests, employment, and other types of disputes.

Diane is a Past President of the National Academy of Family Mediators and a Past President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She serves with the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, mediating commercial disputes, and the Massachusetts Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Court Programs

Diane Neumann & Associates: Divorce Mediation Services is an approved ADR Provider for the Massachusetts Superior Court. Her firm is a Court Approved Program in six Massachusetts Family and Probate Courts: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester.


Diane is the author of two books and the editor of one book:

  • Choosing A Divorce Mediator; Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1996.
  • Divorce Mediation: How to Cut the Cost and Stress of Divorce; Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1989.
  • Organized and edited Handbook on Divorce; Divorce Center, Inc., Framingham, MA.

Selected Articles

“How Mediation Can Effectively Address the Male-Female Power Imbalance in Divorce” Mediation Quarterly, Spring 1992, Jossey-Bass Inc., San Francisco, California.

“Advanced Techniques” Mediation Quarterly, Winter 1990, Jossey-Bass, Inc., San Francisco, California.

“Lesbian and Gay Mediation in the 90′s.” A paper included in the workbook at the second annual Lavender Law Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Contributor Articles

Diane has contributed to the following publications:

  • Boston Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Conflict Resolution Quarterly (the Association of Conflict Resolution Journal)
  • Family and Conciliation Courts Review
  • Family Law Quarterly (American Bar Association)
  • Jewish Advocate
  • Ladies Home Journal
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Mediation Quarterly (the Academy of Family Mediators Journal)
  • MetroWest TAB
  • Middlesex News
  • Money Magazine
  • Negotiation Journal
  • Newton TAB
  • New York Times
  • Provincetown Banner
  • Redbook
  • Tri-County Tribune
  • Wellesley Townsman
  • Newsletters:
  • Academy of Family Mediators
  • Family Mediation Canada
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Society of Professional in Dispute Resolution

Education and Training

Juris Doctorate: New England School of Law, Boston, MA

Master of Arts: Counseling Framingham State College, Framingham, MA

Bachelor of Arts: Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT


Certified Mediator (MCFM)

Association for Conflict Resolution: Advanced Practitioner

Academy of Family Mediators: Consultant


Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution: University of Massachusetts Boston

Adjunct Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA

College of Professional and Continuing Education: Third Party Intervention and Mediation


Facilitated a monthly peer supervision group for mediators with a minimum of ten years of mediation experience.


Provides management consultation, mediation and training programs to individuals and both large and small businesses.


Diane is the President of Divorce Mediation Training Associates (DMTA), which has provided mediation training since the late l980′s; all approved by the national Association of Conflict Resolution.

Diane provides advanced mediation training throughout Massachusetts and nationally.

She has provided training to the following conferences, professional organizations, and higher education institutions:

  • Antioch University, Yellow Spring, OH
  • Boston College School of Law, Newton, MA
  • Boston University Graduate School, Boston, MA
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
  • Clark University Graduate Program, Worcester, MA
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation, Harvard University School of Law, Cambridge, MA
  • MA School of Professional Psychology, Newton, MA
  • New England School of Law, Boston, MA
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston, MA
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Woodbury College, Montpelier, VT

Professional Organizations

Academy of Family Mediators
Association for Conflict Resolution
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Barnstable County Bar Association
Bay Area Mediation Council of California
Boston Bar Association
California State Mediation Association
Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation
Connecticut State Mediation Organization
Dade County Mediators
Dallas Bar Association
Dispute Mediation Service of Dallas County
Divorce Mediation Institute of Ann Arbor
Family Mediation Canada
Florida Association of Professional and Family Mediators
Florida Mental Health Institute
Knoxville Mediation Program (KBAMS)
Lesbian/Gay Bar Association
Massachusetts Association of Mediation Programs and Practitioners
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation
Massachusetts Psychological Association
Mediation Development Association of British Columbia
Middlesex County Bar Association
Minnesota Mediation Programs
Minnesota State Bar Association
New Hampshire Mediation Association
New York City Family Mediators
New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
New York State Dispute Resolution Association
New York State Special Committee on ADR
Ohio Mediation Association
State Bar of California
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
Suffolk School of Law
University of Wisconsin Division of Continuing Studies
Wisconsin State Mediation Association

Selected Presentations and Workshops

Advanced Pension and Retirement Issues in Divorce
Mediating Complex Child Support and Alimony Situations
Mediating Disputes Concerning the Ownership and Use of the Marital Residence
Pitfalls in Divorce for Each Client
Complicated Custody Disputes
Roadblocks to Effective Coaching
Bias in Mediation
Legal and Financial Issues in Real Estate
Serious Conflicts and Resolutions
Power Imbalance Between Clients
Parental Conflict Regarding Children
Responsibility for Payment of College Expenses
Personal Disclosures
Child Support/Alimony Interplay for Tax Reduction
Business Evaluation for Purposes of Division of Assets
Effective Word Choice in Mediation
Capital Gains Tax Problems in Divorce
Child Development
Resolving Difficulties in Family Interactions
Money and Gender in Mediation
Assessing and Addressing Power Imbalance Between Clients
Effectively Mediating with the Angry Client
Tax Consequences of Divorce
The Best Interests of the Children
The Attorney’s Role in Mediation

Former Employment

Therapist: Therapist at Valley Adult Counseling Center, Milford, and in private practice, at Patton Counseling, Framingham.

Tax Representative: Internal Revenue Service, Framingham, MA and Boston, MA. Provided federal tax information and assisted taxpayers.

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Family Mediators, Washington, D.C.: Former President and Board member

Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Boston, MA: Former President, Board Member, and Chair of the Attorney-Mediator Ethical Committee and Certification Committee

Associations & Organizations

Boston Bar Association

South Middlesex Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

American Bar Association

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Cambridgeport Community Mediation

Committee for Gender Equality: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution

Association for Conflict Resolution