Summary of Workers Comp Experience
Diane Savage is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Virginia and has extensive experience with complex litigation, labor relations, medical, and forensic science issues. She is currently a solo practitioner and is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct mediations for Superior Court, Family Financial, and District Court cases and she is approved by the North Carolina Industrial Commission to mediate worker’s compensation cases. She is elected to serve on the Council to the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Ms. Savage is former counsel to Chairman Stephens of the National Labor Relations Board, former counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and former Director of Research for the National Union of Hospital and Heath Care Employees. In those capacities, she had extensive experience in arbitrations, mediations, fact-findings, contract negotiations, and grievance handling. In addition, Ms. Savage designed and taught Contemporary Labor Issues at State University of New York, Empire State College, and frequently lectured on collective bargaining agreements, unfair labor practices, and representation elections.
Ms. Savage received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987 and received the American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in trial practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labor Studies from State University of New York where she received a Recognition Award for her achievements. Before attending law school, she conducted medical research in the Departments of Surgery, Molecular Biology, Pediatrics, Cardiology and Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Over a twelve year period there, she chaired a committee on establishing criteria for laboratory technicians and technologists and participated in several contract negotiations, numerous fact-findings, mediations, grievance proceedings, and arbitrations.
Ms. Savage lectures extensively on forensic science issues throughout the eastern United States, including recent lectures on DNA and the Duke Lacrosse Case and the National Academy of Science Report on Strengthening Forensic Science in the U.S. She has been a frequent lecturer at local state bar associations, the North Carolina Bar Association, law school classes, Capital College, NITA, the Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Criminal Practice Institute, and the DC Public Defender Service. She has also lectured at The Network of Women Lawyers, New York Lawyers’ Guild, and the Physicians’ Forum.
Ms. Savage contributed to and is acknowledged in R.L. Soffer et.al., Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme from Rabbit Pulmonary Particles, 71 Proc. Nat’l Acad. Sci. USA 1720-1724 (May 1974); Heinz O. Herzel et al., Absence of a Lateral Border Zone of Intermediate Creatine Phosphokinase Depletion Surrounding a Central Infarct 24 Hours after Acute Coronary Occlusion in the Dog, 41 Circulation Research 673-681 (Nov. 1977); Emil Scarpelli, MD, The Surfactant System of the Lung.
Ms. Savage is the former Chair of the Forensic Task Force for the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers and a long time member of the Bench Bar Liaison Committee for the NC Bar Association and the Lawyers in the Schools Committee and chaired the NCBA Video Access to Justice Project Task Force. Ms. Savage currently is President of NCAST, North Carolina Attorneys for Science and Technology. I will mediate in the following counties Orange, Durham & Wake.