Probate; Wills; Trusts and Estates; Estate Planning; Elder Law
Admitted: 2004, Pennsylvania
Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., 2003)
Member: Monroe County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
Biography: Senior Judicial Law Clerk to President Judge of Monroe County – 2003-2013
Cases Published: Pennsylvania Land Title Association v. East Stroudsburg Area School District, 913 A.2d 961 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2006), petition for allowance of appeal denied, 593 Pa. 743, 929 A.2d 1163 (2007)
Attorney Diane Dagger’s legal experience began long before college and law school. After high school, Diane attended the Jefferson County Vocational-Technical School in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, where she specialized in and earned certification in Legal Secretarial Technology. From 1972 through 1979, she worked as a legal secretary for law firms in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Attorney Dagger also worked for two years as legal secretary for the Jefferson County District Attorney in Brookville, Pennsylvania. From 1980 through 1986, Diane worked alongside her father as an insurance adjuster/investigator for B & M Adjusting Services in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Upon returning to the legal profession in 1986, Diane attended Penn State University, Worthington Campus, where she earned her Paralegal Certificate. While continuing to work full time as a paralegal, Diane pursued her education at East Stroudsburg University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in December 1997.
During Attorney Dagger’s previous career as a legal secretary and paralegal, she gained experience in personal injury litigation, both plaintiff and defense; real estate transactions; municipal law; estate planning and administration; bankruptcy; debt collection; business formation; and criminal law.
In August 1998, Diane relocated to Lansing, Michigan, where she entered The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in January 1999. While attending law school, Diane continued to work full-time as a legal secretary for several large law firms in the Lansing area and she attended law school on weekends and evenings. Diane also served a four-month internship in the Sixty Plus Elder Law Clinic, Estate Planning Division at the Law School where she gained experience interviewing and counseling clients; evaluating their estate planning needs; and preparing wills, durable powers of attorney, and medical directives. Diane earned her Juris Doctorate degree in January 2003, and she also earned the Certificate of Merit Award in Law Practice Management.
Following law school, Diane returned to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where she accepted a position as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Vican, President Judge (deceased) of the 43rd Judicial District Court of Common Pleas, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Diane served in this position from August 2003 through January 2005 when she was promoted to Senior Judicial Law Clerk and remained until Judge Vican’s retirement in December 2011. From January 2012 through February 2013, Diane continued to serve as Senior Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Margherita Patti Worthington, President Judge of the same Court.
In February 2013, Diane accepted her current position as an Associate Attorney in the Estate Division of the law firm of Cramer, Swetz, McManus & Jordan, P.C., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She has brought to this position not only the education and experience gained during law school, in particular, the Sixty Plus Elder Law Clinic, Estate Planning Division; but her years of experience as a legal secretary and paralegal which have proven to be highly valuable to this position.
Attorney at Cramer, Swetz, McManus & Jordan, P.C., located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania serving Monroe County and surrounding areas including Northampton County, Lehigh County, Carbon County, Pike County, Wayne County, Lackawanna County and Luzerne County.