Diane K. Kanca
(1955 – 2019)
Diane K. Kanca merged her practice from McDonough Law LLP with VLMMc in January 2014 and is now a senior partner at the firm. Formerly she was co-managing partner at Mc Donough Law LLP. Over the course of her 30-year career as a lawyer she has earned a well-deserved reputation as a powerful advocate on a wide range of matters including professional liability and malpractice, coverage, construction related matters and commercial and real estate litigation.
Diane earned a BS degree from the University of Connecticut, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her J.D. degree from Pace University Law School, where she was editor of the Pace Law Review. Diane is admitted to the New York State Bar, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the District of Connecticut, the District of Puerto Rico and the Western District of Texas.
Diane conducts all phases of cases from pleadings through appeals. She is frequently retained as special counsel by her insurance carrier clients to affiliate in with local counsel in New York State and other states on the liability phase and trials of complex and high exposure personal and casualty litigation.
She has been a featured speaker at ABA Professional Liability Conferences and webinars, the New York City Bar Association conferences and to private clients where she has lectured on multiple aspects of professional liability and legal malpractice, complex case management, commercial litigation and medical-legal liability.
Prior to joining Mc Donough Law in 1987, she worked at a large insurance defense firm where she practiced in the areas of lawyers’ professional liability, medical malpractice, general liability and securities litigation. Before she began her legal career, Diane practiced as a registered nurse in medical-surgical, intensive care and emergency units in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Diane was born in Fairfield Connecticut and lived in Westchester County with her husband and their beloved dog, Coco. Diane passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 27, 2019.