Diane D. Stalder

Diane D. Stalder



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Diane Desfor Stalder is a Partner with Scott & Whitehead.

Ms. Stalder handles a broad range of employment and labor litigation matters, including claims before administrative agencies, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment actions. She also works extensively with clients in developing and refining personnel policies and procedures, counseling management through difficult personnel issues, and conducting workplace investigations.

Ms. Stalder received her law degree from the University of Southern California. While in law school, she was active in the Post-Conviction Prison Project for two years and was a member of the Tax/Computer Law Journal staff. In 1991, Ms. Stalder joined the employment law department of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker in Orange County, where she worked until joining Scott & Whitehead in August 1995.

Ms. Stalder graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California in 1977. After leading USC’s tennis team to a national championship, she was named the University’s outstanding female scholar/athlete for 1977.

Between 1977 and 1982, Ms. Stalder competed on the women’s professional tennis circuit. She was ranked as high as No. 32 in the world in singles. She also was ranked in the top ten in doubles, reaching the doubles quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. While on tour, Ms. Stalder served as President of the Women’s Tennis Association and represented the women on the International Professional Tennis Council.

Between 1982 and 1987, Ms. Stalder worked for Philip Morris, Inc., in New York. As manager of marketing and promotions for Virginia Slims, she was responsible for the operations and publicity for all Virginia Slims brand promotions, including the 56-city world-wide tennis tour. In that capacity Ms. Stalder hired and supervised dozens of employees and consultants. Her experience as a manager in a large international company gives Ms. Stalder a practical perspective when rendering workplace legal advice to employers.

Ms. Stalder currently resides in Costa Mesa, California, with her husband and two children. She has remained involved in community activities such working as volunteering with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children, and serving as a high school mock trial coach.