Diane St. Yves
Diane’s Beliefs, Goals and Principles
After working in the legal profession for the majority of my adult life, I have made it a priority to determine what my client’s goals are regardless of the matter before me. Keeping my client’s goals in perspective, managing expectations and working toward my client’s goals are my top priority. It is imperative that I keep close contact with my clients so that I am clear about the facts, that I ask the right questions and obtain information that can assist us going forward.
I have been not only an advocate but a party to family law litigation. I strive to keep my client informed in the process by understanding their fear, loneliness and the stress of the situation. My ultimate goal is to make the process smooth and understandable so that each client understands that, while they may not receive the results they would like, they understand why it happened.
I am unwilling to tell my clients my “success rate.” As a family lawyer, it is not my goal to “win” but to achieve the best result possible for each client. The labyrinth of the family law process can be involved and complicated and I want my clients to understand it to the best of their abilities. My goal is to give them a sufficient understanding so that we can work toward an amicable resolution rather than going to trial or court which will work toward destroying the family to the extent it still remains. As much as I may enjoy the process of trial, the emotional and financial burden is extremely difficult for the family and can destroy the shreds of decency between the parties ultimately affecting the children’s relationships with their parents.
I have a reputation within the family law community of being nice but strong and tough. I enjoy this reputation because it helps to obtain the best results for my clients. I believe in being prepared for every foreseeable glitch, opening and opportunity to improve my client’s position which means my staff and I work around the clock to gather the most valuable information, research and evidence possible to achieve the best result. I operate under the principles of integrity, professionalism and kindness; however, am always willing to try the case to a judge or jury to seek justice for my client and my client’s family.
Originally from Ohio, Diane found her way to Texas after serving four years in the United States Army, Military Intelligence Branch. Diane learned French and Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California during her tour of duty and earned the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in January 1985.
Always wanting to pursue a career as an attorney, Diane took her first position as a legal secretary in Copperas Cove, Texas, a city which borders Fort Hood, Texas, her last duty station. She attended Central Texas College where she received her Associates of Applied Sciences degree as a Paralegal graduating with a 4.0 GPA and highest honors. In 1994, Diane became one of the first board certified family law paralegals in the State of Texas. Her certification was through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization the same organization that manages attorneys in specialized areas. In 1998, Diane added to her resume by earning her certification in Civil Trial Law also from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
After moving to Houston in 1995 and while working as a paralegal in a civil litigation firm, Diane began attending the University of Houston as an undergraduate in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2001, she graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor of arts in political science. In 2003, she entered the University of Houston Law Center evening student program. Graduating in December 2006, she passed the bar exam and earned her license to practice law in Texas in May 2007.
After practicing primarily in the area of family law for the minimum possible time, Diane applied for and took the board certification exam in family law becoming board certified in December 2013, through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In October 2019, Diane was admitted as a fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Diane has been a speaker at local bar associations, State Bar events and other CLE programs. Diane has published articles on “Secondary Traumatic Stress” and “Work/Life Balance Issues”. Diane is a prior member of District 4 Grievance Committee and is an active member of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program assisting fellow attorneys dealing with mental health and addiction issues.
Always expanding her interests and career, Diane applied for and was admitted to the New Hampshire State Bar in April 2014 and the New York State Bar in 2018 and was admitted to the Washington D.C. Bar in October 2019.
A member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation – Lifetime Fellow and Texas Family Bar Foundation further shows her commitment to her profession. Diane is also a member of the Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and serves on numerous boards and is engaged in other organizations providing services to the community. She is also a featured speaker at seminars and conferences.
University of Houston
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science
1996 – 2001
University Of Houston
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certification:>
2013 Family Law
State Bar of Texas (2007 – Present)
COURTS OF ADMITTANCE
Texas State Courts
- • US Supreme Court
- • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- • Texas Eastern District Court
- • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
- • Texas Western District Court
Other States Licensed:
- New Hampshire
- New York
- District of Columbia
- State Bar Board of Directors (2019-present)
- Advisory Committee for Blinn College
- Member, Board of Trustees and Advisory Board at The Council on Recovery (1999-present
- Leadership Board 2016 – 2017 The Council on Recovery