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Pro Bono Profile: Jesse Diner

Jesse Diner has been involved with Legal Aid programs in Broward for more than 20 years, serving on the Board of Directors, the Executive Council, fundraising committees, and in other high profile roles. Many may not realize that Jesse regularly takes pro bono cases, helping clients resolve their housing and consumer issues through dedicated work with Broward Lawyers Care.

Most recently, he represented a client who is a full-time caretaker of a disabled child with only disability income and food stamps. Client was being sued to collect on a 20-year-old debt, however the collector could not prove authority to collect the debt. The original debt was close to $6,000, but with 20 years of interest accrued, the debt collector was seeking roughly $18,000. Diner defended the client, and in the end, the debt collector agreed to dismiss the case without collecting a dime.

Diner explains his commitment to pro bono legal representation, saying, “There is a clear need to assist many people who do not have the skills and resources to help themselves. Lawyers can help fill that void by using their training and abilities to help those less fortunate. We all need to strive to make a difference.”

Jesse is a Past President of The Florida Bar, Past President of the Broward County Bar Association and Past Chair of Legal Aid Service of Broward County. He was honored with the Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award from Legal Aid Service of Broward County in 2017.

Jesse grew up in Hollywood, Florida, receiving a B.A. degree at Gettysburg College and a J.D. from St. John’s University in New York. He is a commercial and trusts and estates litigator with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.

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