Diane Messer joined Wanda Sobieski as a member of Sobieski, Messer & Associates in 1993 after several years as an associate with Baker Worthington Crossley Stansberry & Woolf—the law firm now known as Baker Donelson. In the last 25 years representing individuals seeking assistance in matters of divorce, child custody, property division, and more, Ms. Messer has earned the trust of hundreds of clients through her work as a zealous and aggressive advocate, helping her clients return to a place of peace and happiness after divorce or separation.
Ms. Messer’s years of experience working in courts throughout East Tennessee as well as her past experience as a social worker render her uniquely suited to expertly navigate complex custody and financial cases. She has reached successful resolutions for hundreds of clients in complex high net worth divorces and works with each client to craft a sound strategy to maximize the fair resolution of the case while minimizing unnecessary stress or difficulty on the family and the family’s finances.
Ms. Messer commits to every client to thoroughly prepare that person’s case, setting them up for the best possible chance of success—whether it can settle out of court or needs to eventually be resolved by a judge.
In addition to her extensive experience in family law litigation, Ms. Messer is also experienced in the field of alternative dispute resolution and is committed to employing the technique best suited to meeting her client’s goals most efficiently. She has trained in Collaborative Divorce and Mediation and can advise clients on the best way to effectively resolve their case.
Ms. Messer is a member of the East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) and a member of Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women. She is also an active member of the Knoxville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association. Ms. Messer received her bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College in 1977 and her J.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1986.
A native of Sevier County, Ms. Messer has been married to her husband Doug for 38 years. They have two dachshunds, Lillie and Dexter, are active in animal rescue work, and enjoy traveling to beautiful beach destinations.