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Diane Lynn Paull

Divorce and separation Attorney at Jacksonville Beach, FL

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Diane Paull, Diane Paul

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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 20 years
    Michigan - MI 41 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2003
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1982
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Diane

Learn Diane’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    22 years

  2. Family
    Family law covers all areas of divorce, separation, child support, custody, visitation, etc. This area falls under our primary focus in family law matters, which is 80% or more of our practice. When you need a strong and knowledgeable attorney to advise and protect your children, your finances and your legal rights, call us. We are YOUR Beaches family law attorneys.

    22 years

  3. Wills and living wills
    We work with you to make preparing a Will and other Estate documents easy and economical. It's like the dentist, you just need to get it done! Let us help you through, making it understandable and working to properly document your wishes.

    32 years


Family law, divorce, custody, child support, paternity, and related matters became my primary focus of practice  over 18 years ago, after I discovered the positive impact I can have on a family at one of its most difficult times.

I was first licensed in Michigan in 1982, then came to Florida in 1995 with  Barnett Bank.  After Barnett was sold to Bank of America, I was committed to staying in Florida and contributing to its legal community.  I began working with my Senior Partner while taking Florida Bar examination in 2001.  I was voted Managing Partner in July 2003, and now run the Firm's day-to-day operations after our senior partner retired in 2005.


“Lord, Grant that
I may be able in Argument,
Accurate in Analysis,
Strict in Study,
Candid with Clients and
Honest with Adversaries.
Stand beside me in Court,
So that today I shall not,
In Order to win a Point,
Lose my Soul.”


Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2022,2015,2012
Client's Choice
2022 2015 2012

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Contact Diane

Simpson & Paull, P.L.
1326 3rd Street South
Suite 2
Jacksonville Beach, FL, 32250-6377


5.0 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2009
She was very good. I felt very confident with her handling my case. I still have questions and her and her staff are still there helping me out!! DEF. use her!! She gets it done!
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2009
Dream Team
Diane Paull handled my divorce. When I first met Diane and the staff, I was convinced they would be my "DREAM TEAM" my now X had no idea what he was not ready for "It's cheaper to keep her" What can I say about Diane, yes she has experience, integrity and skill. Of course there's professionalism and style. But with all that the lady has "GAME" with a slam dunk support staff. I have referred clients and will continue to so. They're AWESOME Ms. B
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Posted by Jared | November 7, 2022
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Child Custody
Diane fought hard throughout the entire process. She was empathetic and listened to all my concerns throughout our custody case. She was easy to get ahold of via phone and emailed back promptly. Thank you for all you did for me Diane and Co!
Posted by Heather | November 5, 2022
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Not just a lawyer
I met Mrs. Paull in 2006. She is very skilled in areas of family law. She is driven to solving issues along with her team with excellent results. She has strong communication skills with her clients and educates them throughout the process. She has guided me through some tough periods in my life. In addition, she has given me advice and help in other areas too. Having a great lawyer like Diane can make any process you have easier to handle. She is truly an intelligent, caring and remarkable woman. Her dedication and passion is top notch. She has become a true blessing to my family and a good friend.
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Posted by Nickolas | October 31, 2022
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Great Attorney / Great Results
When I knew my world had just turned upside down and it was time to hire an attorney to help me, I decided to hire Ms. Paull. My decision was based on a few factors, one being the overwhelming amount of positive (and genuine) online reviews. Ms. Paull never lost sight of the goals for my case and most importantly, I could tell that she truly cared about me as her client. She would not let me give up, no matter how bad things seemed. She is compassionate, tough, and her experience is worth every penny paid, and then some. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney to be on my side.
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Posted by Kristy & David Tauch | October 27, 2022
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Mrs. Paul helped my husband and I at a very vulnerable time in our life. She has made our dreams come true with making sure my husband got his makeup time sharing after his son was taken away from us for a whole year. She made sure to make my husband aware of his parental rights and made sure his son was never taken away from us again with a new and improved timesharing schedule that gives us so much more time with his son and equal parental rights. We couldn’t thank MRS. Paul enough for going above and beyond for my family. She’s fierce, motivated and driven and will do anything in her power to help her clients and that’s why we hired her on the spot!
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Posted by Debra | October 27, 2022
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My champion
Diane and her team went above and beyond in representing me in my divorce. Diane fought to minimize the impacts of my divorce on me. She brought the truth forward, deflecting chronic lies told to focus on facts, and thoroughly reviewing the details of our situation and financials to come to the best settlement possible. With all the unnecessary drama created by my Ex, she could have easily drawn my case out to earn more money from me; instead she managed our time well, minimize additional financial burden to me, and achieved a reasonable end result. Her commitment to represent me with honesty and integrity and champion my case is a testament to her ethics, diligence, and professionalism. I highly recommend Diane and her team to others seeking justice, equity, and a trustworthy attorney.
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Posted by CJ | October 27, 2022
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ALWAYS available and the BEST attorney I've ever had!
Diane always made me feel as though I was the only case she was handling and never once made me question my decision in hiring her. Day or night, she was available to answer questions or address concerns for issues keeping me up at night.
Posted by Jessica | October 19, 2022
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Not enough stars
There aren't enough stars for Diane. I have had the pleasure of working with her for over 2 years now in a very tricky case. Never once have I felt out of the loop. She is one of the hardest working people I know with a heart of gold who quite honestly under charges me. She's brilliant too and always thinking steps ahead.
Posted by Brad | October 15, 2022
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Fights for your peace of mind
Amazing, on time, professional, as a male I thought I was going to get royally screwed from my ex, Mrs Paull fought for me and got me 50% custody of my daughters….. thank you.
Posted by Amy | October 14, 2022
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The best
Dianne handled my divorce in 2019 with an abusive partner and is still helping today three years later. She is always there for me and daughter. She is always by the book and makes sure there isn't grey area left to be interpreted. Her team will fight and support you!
Posted by Mary | January 22, 2022
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Never gives up
Ever since my initial divorce, and the current struggles with my child and her father, she has never given up in her support of what's best for my child and myself. She is highly intelligent and been doing this for a long time. I wouldn't trust anyone else but Diane to take care of my family.
Posted by Susan | February 13, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Good experience
I was unhappy with the attorney I had already hired when I met with Diane. she was very knowledgeable very friendly very willing to give me advice whether I chose to hire her or not. She spent a lot of time thoroughly looking over my case while charging me a minimal amount for the consult. She seemed to really know the law and was very thorough. I highly recommend you speak with this attorney before you make a decision on who you choose to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2017
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Truly Outstanding Lawyer
From the beginning, Diane Paull and her team were amazing to work with. I spoke with other family law attorneys, however I was sold on Diane after our consultation. She was empathetic yet direct and provided me with solid recommendations on getting out of a toxic situation when I was completely unaware of my rights. Her demeanor is very warm, however don’t be fooled – she knows when to sharpen her claws! She is extremely knowledgeable in law, confident and ready to fight for her clients. We were thrown several surprising curve balls during my case and she handled them brilliantly. Diane surpassed my expectations of what a lawyer should be and counseled me through some rough patches. As an added benefit, she is hilarious, which helped me through what felt like an eternal case. I am counting on her until my child is 18!
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Posted by Alyssa | May 24, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
Diane Paull did a great job with my family law case. I initially went to Mrs. Paull for legal help after hiring another lawyer that over charged me and did not fight for anything I wanted during the case. When Mrs. Paull took over the case she was very optimistic, reasonable, and efficient. She did all the paperwork necessary. She kept me informed with everything going on in my case and included me in decision making. She worked around my schedule whenever we needed to meet to discuss the case. She is a fighter and stands up for her clients. I would defiantly recommend her and use her services again.
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Posted by Adrienne | May 16, 2016
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Top Notch & Professional
I highly recommend Diane and her staff. Diane is a tough as nails attorney who fought for me when I was ready to throw in the towel during an emotionally draining divorce. She was empathetic yet stern and I never doubted her ability to handle my case with professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2016
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Finalized Divorce
I hired Diane after a friend used her for her divorce. She came highly recommended and Diane did not disappoint. I met with Diane months prior to actually filing for divorce just to get information regarding the process. I knew from the very beginning she was my lawyer. She is easy to talk to and I she always listened and took me seriously. She was very honest about outcomes. Diane suggested a specific mediator and we were able to settle without going to trial. She is very organized and detailed oriented. Her staff is amazing as well. Thanks Diane....
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2016
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The best!
Diane was a blessing for our family! She stuck with me through a lot of vicious attacks and protected me from them and guided me on how to deal with them! I owe the most important part of my life to her... Thank you!!
Posted by Deborah | August 31, 2015
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Flawless service and care
Diane Paull provides excellent legal services. She is professional yet caring. I feel as though I am her only client. She has handled my divorce and my wills. Her staff is also very competent and friendly. I highly recommend you contact Diane Paull if you want your best interests protected and want someone who can and will fight for that.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2015
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A Lawyer Beyond Compare
I first met and retained Diane Paull last year to handle my divorce. At the time, I was a broken spirit who severely needed guidance and compassion. I found that in spades in Diane's practice. She was frank, yet kind. The office staff had great patience while dealing with me, which I knew at times was not easy. Diane was concise and told me exactly what I could expect throughout the whole process--both good and bad. While my ex's attorney was shady and tried to bully her way through court, Diane was steady and level headed the whole time. Her experience and expertise is second to none. And most importantly (to me anyways) she placed my children's needs as her main priority, fighting for what was best for them, period. Hands down, I would recommend Diane all day, every day, to anyone. She is amazing--professional, knowledgeable, and most of all, a shark. To her clients she is personable and sweet, but I would not want to be on the other side of Diane in a courtroom! I owe the stability of my current home life to Diane. She helped level the playing field between my ex and I, and provided me with the tools and confidence to move forward on my own.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 345-345 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Simpson & Paull, P.L.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Vice President
  • Merrill Lynch
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Florida Community College At Jacksonville
  • 1996 - 1998
  • 2nd Vice President
  • Barnett Banks
  • 1995 - 1998
  • 2nd Vice President
  • National Bank of Detroit
  • 1990 - 1995
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  • University of Detroit School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Oakland University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Trissler v Trissler
  • Won reversal on Appeal


  • Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2015 - Present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Jacksonville Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Executive Officer-Treasurer
  • Florida Family Law Amer. Inns of Court
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Marquis™ Whos™ Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 1983
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  • University of Detroit Law Review
  • Coverture
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  • Business Law
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (23)
Endorse Diane
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"At the time of this writing I am a 15th year practitioner and I look up to Diane as a mentor and a trusted fellow attorney whose word is as good as gold."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having recently resolved a family law case with Attorney Paull, I can personally attest to the fact that she is someone who is not only a pleasure to work with, but who advocates tenaciously on behalf of her clients. A decision to retain Diane as counsel is a wise decision indeed."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Paull is a strong advocate for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Diane is a strong advocate. She possesses the legal knowledge and skills to obtain desired outcomes in difficult cases for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Hard worker, aggressive and knowledgeable, but I can work with her and resolve issues."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Attorney Paull. Attorney Paull is a zealous advocate for her clients and is an asset to the legal profession. Although she was opposing counsel on a family law matter, it was nonetheless a pleasure to work with her."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very dedicated to her clients. She is passionate about fighting for her client's rights."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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