About M. Diane Vogt
A practicing lawyer for more than 28 years and a U.S.A. Today Bestselling Author for her short story “Surviving Toronto,” which appeared in the James Patterson edited anthology Thriller, M. Diane Vogt is the author of four published novels, two nonfiction law related management books, a book of crime puzzles, and multiple short stories. Her work has been translated into multiple languages. Diane now publishes fiction under the pen name Diane Capri.
Diane’s book reviews have been published in The Tampa Tribune and Foreward Magazine as well as other venues. Diane was the editor of the Edgar Annual 2003, the magazine celebrating Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Edgar Awards. She’s authored numerous articles in several publications including The Mystery Reader’s Journal, Crime Spree Magazine, Mystery Scene Magazine, and many more. Her first published work appeared in The Wayne Law Review in 1979.
Diane has appeared as a guest on television and radio broadcasts around the country. She has also been interviewed for works such as the nonfiction books Florida Crime Writers Speak and How I Got Published, as well as features in magazines and newspapers.
An acclaimed public speaker and educator, Diane has presented writing workshops and lawyer related workshops at conferences including the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, the annual meetings of The Florida Bar, The State Bar of Michigan, Defense Research Institute, BoucherCon World Mystery Convention, ThrillerFest, SleuthFest, Malice Domestic, Romance Writers of America (Florida Chapter), Florida Writers Association, several Business and Professional Women’s organizations, the University of South Florida, the Association of Legal Administrators, and the National Association of Law Placement and more.
Diane has taught numerous adult learner classes on a variety of subjects related to lawyers and writing both fiction and nonfiction. She was an adjunct professor at Wayne Law School teaching civil trial advocacy from 1987 – 1991.
Diane has served on the boards of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Inc. She also served as ITW’s Executive Vice President. She has also worked with publishers, literary agents, and authors in a variety of capacities.
M. Diane Vogt’s Consulting Expertise
One of the country’s highest rated lawyers responsible for substantive legal representation, business consulting, and law practice management for decades, Diane worked with business executives, entrepreneurs and professionals who found themselves in disastrous situations they did not foresee and could not resolve. Diane was frequently contacted after those situations had degenerated into crisis, often including lengthy, contentious and expensive litigation.
Diane’s unique analysis resolved situations to her clients’ full satisfaction. In addition, Diane identified several points where the client could have taken a different course, one that would have averted or reduced the harm caused by the crisis, and one that could be applied in the future to prevent another crisis. Her work in those matters led to ConnectWell Consulting LLC.
Diane’s years of work as a practicing lawyer in a variety of practices and contexts provided the seeds of her perspective on how to succeed as a lawyer, how to successfully handle a variety of unusual legal matters, and how to keep clients satisfied.
Diane’s experience includes work as an associate and partner in a large law firm where she mentored many younger lawyers. She was a member of the Michigan Bar’s Law Firm Marketing Committee, served on the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Quality of Life and the HAWL Mentoring Committee.
Diane has consulted with the country’s top law practices on attorney job satisfaction, quality of life, and keeping the keepers in professional and para-professional roles.
She is an experienced public speaker, presenter and educator.
M. Diane Vogt’s Legal Expertise
After graduating cum laude from Wayne State University Law School, Diane quickly became “AV” rated as a litigator in Detroit by Martindale-Hubbell. She is also “AV” rated in Tampa, one of the fewer than 20% of lawyers nationwide to be “AV” rated in two states. Diane was selected as a Leading Florida Attorney, an honor bestowed upon fewer than 5% of Florida lawyers and she was selected as a member of Florida Trend Magazine’s 2004 Florida Legal Elite, which included only the top 2% of Florida’s 70,000 attorneys.
She is a member of The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice in several federal courts. She has represented some of the most successful Fortune 500 corporations as both national and local counsel, as well as small businesses and individuals. Diane has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts. Her experience includes a wide range of civil matters such as employment, discrimination, commercial, construction, product liability and general personal injury.
Diane was a litigation partner in the Detroit, Michigan, law firm of Clark, Klein and Beaumont (now Clark Hill) where she began her legal career. She was the first woman lawyer to become equity partner “on track” in the 100 year-old traditional general practice firm. She served on various firm committees such as recruiting, training, marketing, client development, and associate development. She defended construction cases, commercial contracts, bankruptcy matters, employment claims, product liability claims, and many other matters for both U.S. and foreign corporate clients as lead counsel. She also taught civil trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at Wayne Law School from 1987 – 1991.
In 1992, she moved her practice to Tampa, Florida, when a client asked her to defend several thousand complicated and sophisticated product liability cases. Diane opened a boutique litigation firm and was quickly engaged to represent several clients as national, regional and local counsel on a wide variety of matters.
She has been an active member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Preview Tampa Alumni, Vice President of Encore Theatre Advisory Board. Diane served as editor of The Rap Sheet, the quarterly newsletter of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and as a member of the board for more than five years. She has served as judge of the Edgar committee for Best Paperback Original published in 2002 and editor of the Edgar Annual 2003. She served as National Events Committee Chair, Vice President of National Events and Executive Vice President of the International Thriller Writers, Inc. She is active in Sisters in Crime.
Diane’s lifestyle and recreation
Diane enjoys cooking, reading, book appearances and conferences, travel, kayaking, films and working out. Diane and her husband of more than 35 years have been snowbirds for the past fifteen years, dividing their time between Florida and northern Michigan. They enjoy hosting their large extended family and friends who visit frequently. They are avid dog lovers sharing their lives with the real boss of the Vogt household, their miniature schnauzer, Miki.