Bankruptcy Lawyers in Hillsborough NC


Richard “Bert” Diener, Attorney
If, as some people seem to think, our profession is a constant battle, Bert comes to the fray particularly well-prepared. Serving four years in the United States Marine Corps, Bert’s travels included postings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Okinawa, Japan; and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While earning his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was selected to be a member of the UNC National Trial Team. Both he and fellow attorney Russell Johnson were trial team partners in law school and over a decade later, have joined to fight for the under-served. Bert has proven himself willing to go above and beyond the call of duty in his efforts to help others. And when discussing his work, he often quotes the Texas attorney Joe Jamail, “if you are not emotionally involved, your client is not getting your best effort.”

Amanda Gladin-Kramer, Attorney
Amanda grew up on a small farm in Hillsborough, North Carolina. She has lived in Boston, London, Key West, and Cali, Colombia, but North Carolina is home. After attending Tufts University and the University College of London for her undergraduate degree in literature, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Amanda worked as a freelance writer and editor. She also worked in communications and education policy at a local nonprofit, before attending law school at the University of North Carolina. In law school, Amanda was a staff writer for the Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and a member of the Julius Chambers Civil Rights moot court team, and worked passionately for workers’ and prisoners’ rights as part of the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic. Amanda cares deeply about education and equity. In 2011 she bicycled 500 miles in five days across North Carolina to raise funds for education. Amanda has litigated dozens of cases in workers’ compensation, custody and divorce, personal injury, and other matters. She brings a fighting spirit to her practice, seeking justice for those injured in accidents. Amanda speaks Spanish and loves to travel with her husband, Alejandro.

Elaine Hartman, Attorney

Originally from Ohio, Elaine has lived in NC for more than a decade. While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she was inspired by an acquaintance’s immigration story and decided to attend Carolina Law. She worked as a Comments Editor on the North Carolina Law Review and participated in the Immigration Clinic. When not working at an immigration attorney at Diener Law, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and shopping at thrift stores.

Russell Johnson, Attorney

Russell Johnson joined Diener Law in 2015 after spending more than a decade as one of the principal litigators at Howard, Stallings, From & Hutson, where his practice was focused on serious injury cases and complex commercial litigation. Russell has successfully handled catastrophic injury and death cases in areas such as car wrecks, medical malpractice, products liability, and dram shop liability. In commercial cases, Russell has obtained judgments in excess of a million dollars and has successfully defended multi-million dollar claims. For each of the past three years, Russell was selected by his peers to Super Lawyers Magazine’s Rising Star List (awarded to less than 2.5% of eligible attorneys.)
In 2004, Russell graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and a selected member of the Broun National Trial Team, along with firm founder, Bert Diener. During law school Russell also won a Gressman-Pollit Award for Appellate Advocacy, a Best Attorney Award at UNC’s 1L Mock Trial Competition, and authored the article “One Nation Under God: A Poorly Chosen Battle in the War Over Separation of Church and State.” Russell’s undergraduate degree is from West Virginia University where he graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honors fraternities, as well as the Golden Key National Honor Society.

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