O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.
Dianne C. Bresee is a 1976 graduate of Skidmore College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a 1979 graduate of Albany Law School of Union University. Her practice focuses on insurance matters, coverage defense litigation and the defense of environmental and toxic tort claims. Dianne is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Martindale.com) and has been recognized as one of the top twenty insurance coverage lawyers in upstate New York by the SuperLawyers consumer guide (superlawyers.com) every year since 2007.
Dianne regularly represents insurers in environmental and general insurance coverage litigation. She also defends insurers and their insureds in environmental and toxic tort claims. For nearly 30 years, she has defended cost recovery and enforcement actions for petroleum spills under New York State's Navigation Law. She has served as appellate counsel in state and federal courts in numerous cases involving environmental and other insurance coverage issues. She also practices in the area of equine law.
She has frequently lectured for the New York State Bar Association and other professional organizations on developments in New York Civil Practice, Appellate Practice and Insurance Law. Dianne served for many years as a member of New York Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness, Dianne is a member of the New York State Bar and the American Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and is an elected member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
Diane is also an avid equestrian and is active in animal welfare organizations.