Diane V. D'Aiutolo

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Diane V. D'Aiutolo

For 30 years, Diane D’Aiutolo has represented a variety of clients in commercial litigation in state and federal courts.  A trial attorney, she also has extensive experience in resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, and other out-of-court alternatives.  Ms. D’Aiutolo concentrates her practice in medical malpractice and products liability defense, as well as commercial and contractual disputes.  She is especially experienced in the healthcare field, representing hospitals and HMOs in litigation, serving as outside general counsel to physician practices, and counseling clients in connection with risk management, claims, and transactional matters.

Representative Matters

  • Won summary judgment for a hospital in a case involving a nine-court complaint seeking $100 million dollars.
  • Defended a hospital in a lawsuit alleging defamation and tortious interference in connection with a contract between the hospital and a pharmacological product supplier; the hospital prevailed on summary judgment.
  • Defended a hospital in a lawsuit alleging defamation and tortious interference in connection with a lawsuit filed by a medical device salesperson; the hospital prevailed on a motion to dismiss.
  • Has successfully guided numerous cases towards settlement through mediation;  recently mediated a dispute on behalf of an international construction company sued for claims under the Maryland Equipment Dealers Act.
  • Drafted a health insurance company’s internal policy governing the handling of policyholder appeals.
  • Drafted numerous employment contracts for physician practices.

Ms. D’Aiutolo’s current caseload is concentrated in federal and state courts in Baltimore City and the surrounding suburban counties.   She also represents clients before various licensing boards, including the Board of Physicians.

Leadership

Ms. D’Aiutolo served as the Maryland State Representative to DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, President of the Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Board of Directors of Commercial Law Affiliates (now Meritas), and on the Commission of the Maryland Judiciary on Pro Bono.  She is currently a certified settlement facilitator for the District Court of Maryland and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Inc.

In 2012, Ms. D’Aiutolo was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.  This is the second time that Ms. D’Aiutolo has been selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.  This annual award recognizes leadership roles and other outstanding achievements of professional women who reside and work in Maryland and who are making an impact on the state.  In 2012, she was elected President of Network 2000.  Ms. D'Aiutolo is AV® Peer Review Rated – the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to joining Tydings, Ms. D’Aiutolo served as a law clerk to Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Attorney Profile

Practices

Industries Served

Education

  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1983)
  • Loyola College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980) Alpha Sigma Nu

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of Maryland

Court Admissions

  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • U.S. Superior Court for New Castle County, Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Membership
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  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Network 2000, President, 2012-2013, Vice President, 2010-2011 and Secretary, 2009-2010
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., President, 1992-1993
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Maryland-DC Society for Healthcare Risk Management
Activities
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  • Maryland Judicial Commission on Pro Bono
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Inc., certified settlement facilitator
  • Network 2000, President, 2012-2013, Vice President, 2010-2011 and Secretary, 2009-2010
  • Speaker, "Negligent Credentialing: Preparing for the Next Wave of Malpractice Claims," American Society for Healthcare Risk Management Conference, 2011
  • Greater Baltimore Committee, Member of Health Care Committee, 2005-2009
  • Meritas, Board of Directors, 1994-1997
  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, State Representative, 1994-1998
  • DRI-The Vocie of the Defense Bar, Editor, The Defense Line, 1988-1989
Achievements
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