Attorney Profile

Diane Seltzer Torre earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1991, where she was a member of Law Review. She clerked for the judges of the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland after graduating from law school. She received her B.A. in Sociology, cum laude, from Tufts University in 1988. Diane Seltzer Torre is admitted to all state and federal courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

She regularly represents and advises employers and employees in all aspects of employment and civil rights law and litigation. She has participated in countless mediations as counsel for the employee or as counsel for the employer. Typical matters which she handles include mediating and litigating EEO discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges; conducting internal investigations in the workplace; conducting management training; addressing social media usage; drafting and reviewing non-competition agreements, employment policies and handbooks, employment contracts; negotiating severance agreements; addressing reasonable accommodation issues; handling unpaid wage cases; handling wrongful discharge claims; and assisting employees with long term disability/disability retirement applications.

Ms. Seltzer Torre also acts as a private mediator of employment disputes and assists parties in resolving their issues through alternative dispute resolution and thus avoiding protracted, expensive litigation.  She believes that being practical and resolution-oriented, and having strong negotiation skills, serves clients well.

She serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she taught “Employment Discrimination” to upper level law students in the Fall 2015 semester.  Previously, she taught “Employment Law: The Employment Relationship” to upper level law students at WCL. She is on the Faculty Board of the American University Washington College of Law Labor and Employment Law Forum.

In October 2016, she was appointed by the District of Columbia Bar’s Board of Governors to serve as Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. She previously served as Vice Chair from 2014 to 2016. The Continuing Legal Education Program of the D.C. Bar offers over 150 courses per year, taught by over 300 Bar members who serve as faculty volunteers, and all courses fulfill mandatory/minimum accreditation requirements of the 45 states that have such requirements. Ms. Seltzer Torre teaches numerous courses each year for the D.C. Bar’s CLE Program.

In January 2016, the Judges of the United States District Court of Maryland awarded Diane Seltzer Torre its Exceptional Service Award.  Since 2004, Ms. Seltzer Torre has worked with two other attorneys to provide annual employment discrimination law training to all of the federal judicial law clerks in Maryland.  The federal Judges thanked her for her ongoing service to the Court by presenting her with this award and asking her to continue to provide employment discrimination law training to their law clerks.

Diane Seltzer Torre’s philosophy is that there are many good employers and there are many good employees; neither one is inherently the sole source of all conflicts that arise in the workplace. She is able to represent both management and employees in employment law matters precisely because she accepts each case on its individual merits and because she explores, on a case-by-case basis, the legal responsibility and role of each party in a given employment matter.

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In July 2010, Diane Seltzer Torre became certified as a Maryland Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and served until June 2012 as a volunteer with the Glen Echo Fire Department in Bethesda, Maryland.  Over the years, she has worked with many firefighters, EMTs, and police officers to ensure that the government does not interfere with the civil rights of people who seek to ensure public safety. She takes great pleasure in assisting firefighters, EMTs, and police officers in obtaining, or being reinstated to, positions from which they were unlawfully prohibited from holding due to their disabilities, religious beliefs, gender, prior EEO activity, and other protected characteristics.

Unlike many employment lawyers, Diane Seltzer Torre’s philosophy is that there are many good employers, and there are many good employees; neither is inherently “bad.” She is able to represent both management and employees precisely because she accepts each case on its individual merits, without classifying either group as one whose members she does not wish to represent.


From 2004 until 2006, Ms. Seltzer Torre was elected as a member of, the Board of Directors of National Capital Housing Management Corporation, a non-profit organization that provides and promotes affordable fair housing for senior citizens and disabled adults of low to moderate income.

Seltzer Torre is an involved leader in national & local bar associations. Some of her leadership activities include:

» Chair, D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (November 2016-present)
» Vice-Chair, D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (November 2014-October 2016; Member, October 2012 – October 2014)
» Co-Chair, Solo and Small Firm Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation (2008 – 2010)
» Vice-Chair, Federal Law Clerk Training program, conducted by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Labor and Employment Law (2007 – present).
» Co-Chair, Employment and Labor Relations Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation (2004-2008)
» Co-Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation, Committee on Employment and Labor’s Subcommittee on Equal Employment Opportunity (2000-2004)
» Vice President, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) (2000-2002 and 1998-1999)
» Board Member, MWELA (1995-2009)
» Newsletter Editor, MWELA (1995-1997)
» Chair, Employment Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (BAMC) (1996-1998), for which she organized, planned and taught monthly educational programs and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs
» Member, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
» Member, District of Columbia Bar’s Law Practice Management Section’s Steering Committee (1998-2000)
» Co-Chair, Solo and Small Firm Committee of the District of Columbia Bar’s Law Practice Management Section’s Steering Committee (1999-2000)
» Plaintiffs’ Co-Chair of the Regional Liaison Program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (1997)
» Past Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce