Shirley M. Diefenbach

Partner - Estate Planning


Shirley M. Diefenbach is a partner and member of the law firm. She began her law practice in New York, where she was an associate of a nationally recognized Elder Law and Estate Planning law firm. Through her many years of practice, she has had the opportunity to help hundreds of families with their estate planning and trust and estate administration needs. Shirley is the managing partner of the Trust & Estate Administration practice group within the law firm.

Shirley earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, and her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. While in law school, Shirley was the Internet Editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and a member of the Tax Clinic. In that capacity, she represented low-income taxpayers in audits, administrative appeals, offers in compromise, and other tax collection matters.

Shirley is admitted to practice law in New York and North Carolina. Shirley is also accredited by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to represent clients before the Agency.

Shirley is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Durham-Orange Estate Planning Counsel, the Durham County Bar Association, and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.

On a personal note, Shirley has been married to her husband, Scott since 1999, and have two sons, Nathan, born in 2008 and Gavin born in 2012. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.