Diane Morton

Of Counsel

Tampa, FL

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Diane Morton joined Cotney Attorneys & Consultants in 2021 as Of Counsel. Diane has practiced law in Florida for over 37 years, with much of her experience in the public and private sector with a background in Labor Law, Crisis Management, and Public and Private Boards. Diane was General Counsel and CHRO of the publicly held community bank C1 Bank until their sale to a regional institution. She was also formally an Assistant State Attorney and General Counsel to law enforcement and fire service. She taught as a full-time professor of Criminal Procedure, Forensic Evidence, and Trial Advocacy at Stetson University College.

  • Bank OZK, Executive Vice President, 2020 - 2021
  • Diane Morton-Consultant, CEO, 2016 - Present
  • C1 Financial, General Counsel and Chief Human Capital Officer, 2015 - 2016
  • St. Petersburg Opera Company—Board of Trustees, Governance Chair.
  • American Stage-Board of Trustees of professional regional theater, Sponsor and Producer of numerous productions.
  • City of St. Petersburg International Relations Commission—Homestay parent for numerous Japanese students as part of cultural exchange program, Delegate to Takamatsu, Japan diplomatic mission representing City of St. Petersburg.
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee- Elected Chair by peers to preside over Ethics complaints against attorneys, Special Assignments from the Bar regarding high profile investigations.
  • University of South Florida Alumni Association—Board of Directors, Served during the interview process and transition to new University president.
  • Palladium Theater-Inaugural Board of Trustees converting a church to a performing arts space.
  • Great Exploration Children’s Museum-Board of Trustees and Treasurer, pro bono General Counsel for oversight of legal issues as well as litigation, management of outside counsel.
  • Labor & Employment
  • 2019 Association of Corporate Counsel “Community Champion Award” Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • WEDU Be More Award 2019-Arts and Culture Organization
  • 2017 Studio @620 Community Champion Award
  • 2015 Featured Counsel - National Corporate Counsel Newsletter (ACC)
  • 2007 Bank of America “Neighborhood Hero Award”
  • Freshman Moot Court-Best Oral Advocate (Book Award)
  • Victor Wehle Trial Practice Award (Faculty Award)
  • Cecil Bailey Award-Most Promising Graduate (Female) (Faculty Award)
  • Stetson Law Review –Associate Editor
  • Stetson Trial Team-Statewide and Southeastern Regional Competition
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D.
  • University of South Florida, B.A
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