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Diana Santos Johnson | Associate
Bankruptcy

Office: 370 Knollwood Street, Suite 600, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: (336) 717-1302
Email: dsantosjohnson@waldrepwall.com
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Diana habla español.

Diana joined Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC in 2021 as an Associate and is part of the firm’s bankruptcy team. Prior to joining WWBB, Diana worked as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. She also served as an Associate Attorney at Bolton Law Group, P.A. representing individual and small business debtors in bankruptcy proceedings in the Middle District of North Carolina.

Diana is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, was a Volunteer Service Corps Member, and received a Certificate in Spanish Interpreting. While attending North Carolina Central University School of Law, Diana was a Staff Member of the North Carolina Central Law Review.
 

Diana enjoys being involved in her community and volunteers with several local nonprofit organizations.

Education

 

  • J.D. 2009 North Carolina Central University School of Law, Dean's List

  • B.A. 2005 Wake Forest University, Spanish, Dean's List

Bar Admissions

 

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2022

  • United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, and all corresponding bankruptcy courts, 2010

  • North Carolina, 2009

Honors

 

  • “Legal Elite” Young Guns, Business North Carolina, 2024

  • The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) "Top Lawyers Under 40" Award Recipient, 2023

  • The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) “40 Under 40” Honoree, 2021

  • NC Pro Bono Honor Society, 2017, 2018, 2021

  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law, 2017

  • NCCU NOW, Young and Rising Alumni, 2013

  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Fellow, 2012

  • American Bar Association Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law, 2008

Professional Memberships

  • Forsyth County Bar Association – 31st Judicial District Bar, Winston-Salem, NC; At-Large Executive Committee Member, 2019-2020

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, NC; Bankruptcy Section Member, September 2010-Present; Minorities in the Profession Committee Member, February 2012-September 2018; Women in the Profession Committee Member, July 2020-Present

Civic Activities

 

  • Piedmont Advantage Credit Union (PACU), Winston-Salem, NC; Board of Directors, 2022-Present, Foundation Committee Member, 2020-Present; Supervisory Committee Member/Chair, 2020-Present

  • Winston-Salem Zoning Board of Adjustment; Member, June 2016-2020

  • Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC; Board Member, September 2016-Present; Corporate Secretary, September 2017-September 2019

  • Forsyth County Zoning Board of Adjustment, Winston-Salem, NC; Alternate Member, March 2015-May 2016

  • Hispanic League, Winston-Salem, NC; Board Member, September 2012-December 2014

  • Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, NC; Children's Ministry

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Selected Publications and Presentations

  • "Paving the Path: What I Wish I Knew in Law School," Panel  Moderator, NCBA Minorities in the Profession Event, ¡Adelante! | Moving Forward! 2024, Cary, NC, February 3, 2024

  • "Chapter 13 Issues: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly," Moderator, Webinar Hosted by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), January 23, 2024

  • "Consumer Session: Conversions in Chapters 13 and 7," American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) 2023 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL, July 21, 2023

  • "Recalibrating Your Consumer Practice in the New Economy," 43rd Annual Bankruptcy Seminar of the Middle District, Hampton Inn in Aberdeen, NC, April 22, 2023

  • Bankruptcy: Your Friend During Tough Financial Times," Noticias (a publication for the 2023 HNBA/VIA Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2023. Click here to read the publication. The article is on pages 18-19.

  • "The Holy Grail: Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Discharge Issues," 2023 Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute 49th Annual Seminar, The Whitley Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead), Atlanta, GA, March 23, 2023

  • "Living Life in a Real Estate Bubble," 2023 Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute 49th Annual Seminar, The Whitley Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead), Atlanta, GA, March 23, 2023

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