900 S. Gay Street, Suite 600
Knoxville, TN 37902
Knoxville Family Law Attorney
(865) 546-7770



Diane Messer joined Wanda Sobieski as a member of the firm 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 thousands 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 clients in complex high net worth divorces and works with each client to craft a sound strategy to maximize the opportunity for a 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.

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 40 years. They have two dachshunds, Lillie and Dexter, are active in animal rescue work, and enjoy traveling to beautiful beach destinations.

Sobieski, Messer & Elledge

Knoxville Family Law Attorney