Diana L. Fuller is one of the founding principals of Smith & Fuller, having founded the firm with Hugh Smith some 29 years ago. Diana concentrates her practice on product liability and complex construction litigation. She is also the President and Managing partner of the firm, which includes handling of the administrative side of the law practice. She brings extensive and varied experience to the practice.
Diana is a magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University (B.S. – Business Administration), where she also attended law school. Diana graduate cum laude from West Virginia University school of law in 1977 (J.D.).
Before going into private practice, Diana distinguished herself by serving as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable William Terrell Hodges in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa division. She then joined one of the most prestigious law firms in Tampa, where she met Hugh Smith. Hugh and Diana began Smith & Fuller several years later.
Diana is admitted to the West Virginia State Bar (1977), the Florida Bar (1978), as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Southern District of West Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. She has been an active member of a number of professional associates, including the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is a past chair, vice chair, and treasurer of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and in her earlier career she served as a national delegate to the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar. She is also an arbitrator in the Middle District of Florida Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, and a founding member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Peer Review Committee. Diana has also served on the National Council of the West Virginia College of Law, and for more than a decade was a Master in one of the American Inns of Court. In 2001, Diana was honored by membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization whose membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar and multi-million dollar awards and settlements.
Diana has authored a number of articles and has lectured extensively to various attorney groups.