Diana Florence began her career as a prosecutor 25 years ago in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, putting people first. There she fought for people who never thought they’d win, going after powerful interests and large scale corruption. She won landmark convictions against companies and individuals for defrauding 9/11 charities, terrorizing the elderly, domestic violence, wage theft, and deadly work conditions. She held powerful interests accountable by prosecuting developers and construction companies for cheating workers and taxpayers. In a historic case against Harco Construction, she ultimately secured justice for the family of a 22 year-old construction worker, Carlos Moncayo, who was buried alive at work.
As head of the Construction Fraud Task Force, she worked to build trust with workers, tenants, nonprofits, unions, immigration advocates, and elected officials. Prior, Diana was in Trial Bureau 40 and the Rackets Bureau.
With her experience and knowledge of investigations, she drafted and lobbied for legislation to close the loopholes that allow corporations and individuals to commit large scale crimes. Carlos’ Law would establish higher fines for corporations who endanger their workers, and another bill would reclassify wage theft as the more serious crime of larceny.
Diana graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a BA in Art History with a concentration in Spanish as well as her law degree. She has taught trial advocacy for over two decades to lawyers in the DA’s Office and has lectured investigators and lawyers from around the world on topics ranging from inter-agency cooperation to prosecuting fraud, racketeering and workplace homicide.
Born in Manhattan, Diana is a long-time resident of Kips Bay where she lives with her husband and two children.