Diana M. Savit is a founding member of the law firm Savit & Szymkowicz, LLP, which is located in Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Savit has extensive experience as a senior litigator in private practice and the government sector. Her current practice emphasizes resolving business disputes, representing employers and employees, and securing students’ educational rights, preschool to postgraduate. Since 2007, Ms. Savit has annually been named a SuperLawyer® (for education law) in both Maryland and the District of Columbia by, respectively, Baltimore and Law and Politics magazines.
In December 2007, she was named among the top 1% of District of Columbia lawyers (for education law) by Washingtonian Magazine.
Previously, Ms. Savit headed the litigation department at Silver, Freedman & Taff in Washington, DC (1985-1995), was an assistant corporation counsel for the District of Columbia (1979-1985), and served as a general attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service (1976-1979).
- Civil and appellate litigation and litigation avoidance
- Business formation and management
- Special education
- Disability rights.
Princeton University, A.B. (cum laude) 1973
George Washington University Law School, J.D. (with honors) 1976
1976, District of Columbia; 1987, Maryland; United States District Courts for the Districts of Columbia and Maryland; United States Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia, Fourthand Federal Circuits; United States Tax Court; United States Supreme Court.
President, District of Columbia Women’s Bar Association Foundation (2008-present); past president, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (1993-04); co-chair, Board of Governors, The Chelsea School, Silver Spring, Maryland (2009-present); past president, Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources, (2004-06); member, D.C. Superior Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee, 1994 to present.
Also: past vice president, National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations; D.C. Advisory Committee on Education of the Handicapped, 1980-1981, 1984-1985; member, D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference, 1992, 1994; member, D.C. Judicial Conference, 1994, 1997,1999-2001; member, Legal Counsel for the Elderly Policy Board, 1997-2001; mediator, Superior Court of the District of Columbia; arbitrator, National Association Of Securities Dealers.
The District of Columbia Bar (member, Litigation Section); Maryland State Bar Association (member, Litigation Section); American Bar Association (member, Litigation, Law Practice Management and General Practice/Solo Firm Sections); Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (also member, Montgomery County chapter); International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (member, Board of Governors, 1994-2003); National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (Board Member, 1997-2003).
- Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo Lawyer, 3rd & 4th eds., Edited by Jeffrey R. Simmons,Published by American Bar Association/Law Practice Management Section (2001, 2004).
- Chapter author: Life After the Law Firm: Family and Personal Considerations in Deciding to be a Solo.
- Education Law 101: What education professionals need to know to help their clients/patients navigate the legal system, November 2008. Sponsored by Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources.
- Legal Issues for the Small Business Owner, EDVentures 2005. Sponsored by Education Industry Association.
- Understanding Special Education Law, October 2003. Sponsored by Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources.
- Advice on Succeeding in the Business World, February 2000. Sponsored by Georgetown University Women in Business.
- Legal Rights of Students with Special Learning Needs, January 2000. Sponsored by Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington and Jewish Social Service Agency.
- Business Ethics in Professional Life, March 1999. Sponsored by Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School/Hebrew Academy of Washington (11th grade special program).
- Panel speaker, Georgetown University Women in Business, January 1996.
- Balancing Your Life While Keeping Your Career on Track, April 1994. Sponsored by Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
- War Stories, December 1993. Sponsored by Litigation Forum of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
- Taking Care of Business: Avoiding Litigation and Successfully Resolving Business Disputes, October 1992. Sponsored by Litigation Forum of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Topic: “Thinking Defensively in Negotiating and Preparing Contracts”.
- Law and Business for the Entrepreneur: Surviving and Thriving in Troubled Times, September 1991. Sponsored by Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Topic: “Selecting Litigation Counsel”.
Martindale-Hubbell™ rating: AV; listed in Who’s Who in American Law, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th eds.
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