Legal Professionals

Diane J. Zelmer


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Diane J. Zelmer represents clients in general commercial litigation matters, with a concentration in construction and surety law.  Prior to founding Zelmer Law, Ms. Zelmer practiced with a large Florida firm and a mid-sized construction litigation firm, concentrating in representing sureties, owners, public and private contractors in both trial and appellate proceedings. Ms. Zelmer has experience in construction lien claims and contractual disputes, involving construction and latent defects, design defects, time delays, additional work and change orders, guaranteed maximum pricing, unforeseen site conditions, wrongful termination and enforceability of no damage for delay and liquidated delay damage clauses.  She also has experience with payment and performance bond actions, involving equitable subrogation, setoff priorities to contract balances, conditional payment bonds, and timely compliance along with bid protests.

In addition, Ms. Zelmer’s diverse background allows her to provide a practical business industry perspective to her construction clients, who are necessarily impacted by inter-related practice areas.  In addition to her construction and surety practice, Ms. Zelmer has a broad range of experience at both the litigation and transactional level, representing clients in accounting, international law, taxation, asset protection, securities law and corporate law.  During Summer 2005, the Ms. Zelmer was selected for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Summer Honors Program in Miami, Florida, and during Spring 2006, she interned as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn in the Southern District of Florida.  While at the University of Florida, College of Law, Ms. Zelmer served as a member of the Florida Law Review, where she received the Best Research Award and served on the Publication Committee.  In April 2005, The Florida Law Review selected Ms. Zelmer’s case comment for publication.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Zelmer obtained experience as an accountant, concentrating in foreign payroll taxation as well as U.S. corporate and individual taxation.  Ms. Zelmer also has eight years of experience as a paralegal in corporate law, estate planning, probate, taxation, foreign trusts, and asset protection. 


  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Florida, 2006
    • Florida Law Review
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Accounting, Florida Atlantic University, 2003

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • Florida Southern District Bankruptcy Court


  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum and Litigation Section
    • Steering Committee Member of Division 7 - Liens, Bonds and Surety (2010-11)
    • Chair of the Bankruptcy/Creditor Rights Working Group (2010-11)
    • Second Liason to the Publication Committee (2010-11)
    • Fellowship Award Recipient (2010-13)
  • Florida Bar Association, Real Property Probate Trust Law Section, Construction Law Section, Construction Law Committee
  • Broward County Bar Association, Construction Law Committee
  • FDOT Dispute Resolution Board