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Joseph Diab



Joe Diab’s work has always been about helping others through difficult challenges, from his earliest job as an Emergency Medical Technician to his current legal and consulting practice. Throughout his legal training he focused on humanitarian international law and his studies led him to an advanced degree in International Law from Duke and specialized training at the International Court in the Hague, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and Harvard’s Program on Negotiations.

Joe’s international work brought him to the legal department of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees where he briefed cases supported by the United Nations in the U.S. Supreme Court and courts of appeal. He also clerked for the Organization of American States, preparing cases presented to the Inter-American Court of Justice.

Keeping business in the Boardroom, not the Courtroom


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. and LL.M in International Law, 1992
  • Amherst College, B.A. Political Science, French, 1987
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Section on Dispute Resolution.
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Section on Dispute Resolution,
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Section on International Law, Past Chair
  • Board of Directors, St. Timothy’s School, Raleigh, NC
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Proficient in French
  • NC State University Jenkins MBA Program, Visiting Lecturer, Negotiation Skills
  • NC State University, School of Textiles, Visiting Lecturer, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Faculty, NC State University Certificate Program on Business Coaching

“Negotiating the Business Deal in China” National Business Institute CLE manuscript, December 7, 2010 for “The Legalities of Doing Business in China.”

“Organizational Systems for Conflict Resolution,” in Alternative Dispute Resolution in North Carolina, A New Civil Procedure, Clare, Roundtree & Manley, Editors, N.C. Bar Foundation & N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission, (2003).
“Understanding U.S. Immigration Law: An Overview of Policy, Practice and Procedure,” North Carolina Bar Association CLE Manuscript, (September, 2001).

“Basics of United States Immigration Law: A Guide for Corporate and In-House Counsel,” Basics of International Law: Practice Tools for North Carolina’s Emerging Global Economy, North Carolina Bar Association CLE Manuscript, (October, 1998).

Note, United States Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 337 (1992).


"When I’m not working, I enjoy being behind the camera. It’s relaxing and creative. Any activity that can force a lawyer to create something without using words is pretty powerful. Photography forces you to slow down and be fully present in order to see something worth capturing. I will take photos of everything. I started with landscapes because they stand still. Then I began taking classes and studying with some professional photographers and that led to portrait and studio work. That’s great when I have the time, but now most of my life revolves around family and my daughter, so there are an awful lot of soccer action shots in my portfolio, and that’s just fine with me.”


Joe Diab main bio photoJoe Diab outside NP photo

“I encourage my clients to use their lawyer as a resource rather than a remedy. It is often the best strategy to maximize your options and minimize your costs.”