Dr. Keith W. Diener
Keith has argued cases in dozens of different courts in multiple states, including Federal Circuit and State Supreme Courts, worked on matters within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, before unemployment panels, and various other state and federal administrative agencies. In employment law, he has handled the spectrum of cases ranging from whistleblower to family leave to discrimination to contract to civil rights and other cases. In family law, Keith has handled complex divorces, alimony, child custody, child support, and equitable distribution matters. His combination of experience in both employment and family law serves Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law well.
Keith has a passion for research, writing, teaching and publication. He is the author of the book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Business Ethics (Routledge Press), is a professor and award-winning author of dozens of articles and book chapters. He has studied or taught in the United Kingdom, Austria, Colombia, and the United States. He has published extensively on employment law issues including multiple articles on anti-discrimination, family leave, and wage and hour laws.
Keith began his legal career in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. He was certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Guardian Ad Litem and was appointed by judges for approximately six years to advocate for the best interest of children in contested custody, abuse and neglect, and other difficult child custody proceedings. In this capacity, Keith evaluated the best interest of children, investigated, and made recommendations to the judges who appointed him. Simultaneously, for years Keith served as “Of Counsel” to a prominent plaintiff’s employment law firm in Washington, D.C. where he advocated for employee rights in the workplace.
Upon returning to New Jersey, Keith began working at My Rights Lawyers for many years, and then with Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law. In this capacity, Keith embraces the opportunity to practice law, strategize, write legal briefs, attend court, and work with clients. His experience in education and his writing and litigation skills are valuable assets to Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law and the clients we represent throughout South Jersey.
Keith is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C.
- University of North Carolina B.A., Philosophy and Religion, 2003 – University
- Georgia State University J.D., 2006; M.A., Master of Philosophy, 2006 – University
- George Washington University LL.M., Master of Law, 2007 – University
- Georgetown University D.L.S., Doctorate Liberal Studies, 2014 – University
- New Jersey
- Washington D.C.
- North Carolina
- MAALSB, Past-President
- Georgetown Club of Southern New Jersey, Executive Board Member
- Past Editor-in-Chief of the Atlantic Law Journal
- Member, NC, VA, DC, and NJ Bars
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