Carney Appleby Law


Diane L. Dornburg Of Counsel


Diane Dornburg has been an associate at Carney Appleby Law for two decades and has been practicing law since 1976. Diane was born in Wheaton, Minnesota, and attended Gustavus Adolphus College, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in sociology in 1973. She attended The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and received her Juris Doctor in 1976. Diane was admitted to the Michigan bar in 1976 and the Iowa bar in 1977.

Diane provided legal services to low income persons in Ann Arbor, in Muscatine, Iowa, and in Des Moines, for over 25 years. She was an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Polk County for most of that time, practicing primarily in family law. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, domestic abuse, and paternity.  She has a special interest and experience in utilizing alternative approaches to difficult problems. Diane has been the attorney of record in twenty (20) Iowa appellate court cases, including Jorgensen v. Vargas, 627 N.W.2d 550 (Iowa 2001).

Diane served on the Iowa Supreme Court’s Family Law Case Processing Task Force.  She is the legislative chair for the Family & Juvenile Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and a member of the Polk County Bar Association Family Law Committee.

Diane taught Family Law in the MSW program at the University of Iowa School of Social Work for nearly twenty years and co-authored the casebook for that class. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the Drake Legal Clinic, supervising clinical law students. In addition, she has been a speaker at a number of continuing legal education programs. She is the author of the Drake Discourse Law Review article, Parenting Coordination:  A Positive alternative for High-Conflict Families, November, 2017.  She co-authored Family Law and Custody Issues: Family Violence and Substance Abuse, published by Lorman Educational Services, August, 1994.

In addition, Diane has served as a volunteer facilitator of continuing care groups at Powell Chemical Dependency Center since 1985. She was a licensed foster parent for 20 years. She has served on the church council and various committees, and presently coordinates Adult Spiritual Formation classes. Previously she has served on the boards of non-profit corporations for the establishment of residential facilities for chemically dependent women and of Metro Women’s Network.

Areas of Practice:

  • Family Law
  • Full-service or limited representation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Traditional divorce and custody
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