Diana JohnsonWaldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC, Winston Salem, NC
“Diana is extremely competent at issue identification and understanding the fine nuances of bankruptcy law that can often [elude] some professionals.”
DIANA is an associate at Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she practices business bankruptcy. Prior to joining Waldrep Wall, she was a staff attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc., a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals, and an associate at Bolton Law Group, PA, a regional bankruptcy law firm. While working at Legal Aid and Bolton Law, she helped hundreds of individuals and businesses file chapter 7, 11, 12 13 bankruptcies.
Diana was the first person in her family to attend college. She watched her parents, who were among the first Spanish-speaking residents of the town where she grew up, help other immigrants feel welcome when they settled there. This inspired her to pursue a legal career in which she could help others. Having grown up in rural eastern North Carolina, she also became interested in farm-preservation. She interned at the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP) and eventually returned there as an attorney. Around this time, LLPP had received funding from North Carolina to assist homeowners facing foreclosure during the Great Recession. She learned the ins and outs of bankruptcy so she could help homeowners save their homes.
Diana was recognized by NC Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law in 2017 and was also a member of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society in 2017 and 2018. She currently serves on the corporate board of directors for Smart Start of Forsyth County, a nonprofit organization that focuses on equitable access to early childhood education. She also serves on the Foundation and Supervisory Committees of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union, has been an at-large committee member for the Forsyth County Bar Association, and has been a board member with the Hispanic League, an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for Latinos in her community. In addition, she has served on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession (MIP) Committee, and has served on the City of Winston-Salem Zoning Board of Adjustment, helping to resolve zoning and land use issues.