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Georgetown University, J.D., cum laude, 1995

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with high honors, 1992


Dianne Bailey leads the firm's Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations Practice Group. Her practice is dedicated to the representation of nonprofit organizations, their senior management and volunteer leaders. She has extensive experience advising a diverse group of nonprofits in all aspects of their organization, administration and management. She has represented schools and universities, churches and other religious organizations, endowments, supporting organizations, corporate and family foundations, sports philanthropies, museums, business leagues, social clubs (including fraternal organizations), trade organizations and a complement of charitable groups.

Dianne writes and speaks nationally on topics related to nonprofit organizations, focusing in particular on corporate governance and tax compliance. She has been engaged as an expert witness in state and federal litigation matters, providing strategic counsel and trial testimony. In addition, Dianne has facilitated public dialogs including serving as guest moderator of Carolina Business Review, the most widely watched broadcast program on business and public policy in the Carolinas. She also has taught as an adjunct professor at Charlotte School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Honors & Awards

  • The Mecklenburg Times, 2015 Woman of the Year
  • Women Executives, Spirit of WE Award, 2013 
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Women of Justice Awards, Public Service Practitioner Award, 2012
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Women in Business Achievement Award, 2011
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte’s “40 Under 40,” 2005 
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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Community Affiliations

  • Current Community Involvement 
    • Discovery Place, Board of Trustees, 2011-present; Chair, 2015-16
    • Women Executives, Board of Directors, 2010-11, 2012-present; President Elect, 2015-16 
    • Women's Philanthropy Institute Council, 2016-present
    • Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network, Board of Directors, 2013-present; National Leadership Forum 2015, Co-Chair
    • Junior League of Charlotte, Community Advisory Board, 2006-2012, 2014-present
    • Carolina Breast Friends, Advisory Council, 2014-present; Co-chair, 2014-present
    • Women's Impact Fund, Board of Advisors, 2010-present
    • Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Goodwill Community Engagement Council, 2015-present
    • North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, CEO Advisory Board, 2015-present
  • Past Community Involvement
    • Dianne previously chaired the boards of Women's Impact Fund, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, and First Presbyterian Church Diaconate, where she also served as an Elder.
    • She previously served on the boards of Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Mint Museum Auxiliary, and Echo Foundation.
    • She also has raised funds and other support for Girls on the Run of Charlotte, Carolina Breast Friend's Pink House and Charlotte Ballet.
    • Leadership Charlotte, Class 25 
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