Joseph Diab: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Joseph Diab

Special Counsel
Raleigh,  NC  U.S.A.

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  • Corporate
  • International
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Immigration
University Amherst College, B.A., 1987
Law SchoolDuke University School of Law (J.D./LL.M. in International Law, 1992)
Admitted1993, North Carolina

F. Joseph Diab concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate and international commercial law. He also serves as a North Carolina Superior Court Mediator focusing on resolution of complex commercial disputes.

He earned his law degree and master's degree in international law from Duke University where he served as a senior editor on the International Law Journal and interned with the legal departments of the United Nations and the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. He is former chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Section on International Law and Practice.


"Organizational Systems for Conflict Resolution," in Alternative Dispute Resolution in North Carolina, A New Civil Procedure, Clare, Roundtree & Manley, Editors, N.C. Bar Foundation & N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission, (2003).

"Understanding U.S. Immigration Law: An Overview of Policy, Practice and Procedure," North Carolina Bar Association CLE Manuscript, (September, 2001).

"Basics of United States Immigration Law: A Guide for Corporate and In-House Counsel," Basics of International Law: Practice Tools for North Carolina's Emerging Global Economy, North Carolina Bar Association CLE Manuscript, (October, 1998).

Note, United States Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 337 (1992). Awarded "Best Student Publication, 1992" by the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.

Career Highlights

· Chair, North Carolina Bar Association Section on International Law & Practice, 2002-2003

· Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation, 2001.

· The Hague Academy of International Law, summer session, 1992.

· International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France, summer session, 1991


Nexsen Pruet: Only Law Firm Listed for North and South Carolina in "Trade Allies" Directory
The new edition of Southern Business & Development magazine features the "1st Annual Trade Allies Directory." Nexsen Pruet is the only law firm listed in both North and South Carolina.

"Altman Weil: Law firm mergers jump 33%"
The Triangle Business Journal reports that the "marriage of Cary's Sanford Holshouser and Columbia, S.C.-based Nexsen Pruet" is one of many deals that has led to a significant jump in law firm mergers during the first quarter of 2009.

"Tar Heel law firm joining S.C. firm"
The January 5th, 2009 edition of the Raleigh News and Observer reports on Nexsen Pruet's new North Carolina office in an article called "Tar Heel law firm joining S.C. firm."

Nexsen Pruet Opens Raleigh Office; Ernie Pearson & Former Governor Holshouser Join Firm
Nexsen Pruet today announced the opening of a Raleigh office that will include Ernie Pearson, former Assistant Secretary of Economic Development for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and former Governor Jim Holshouser.


International Law Update
Appeals court says international contract requires litigation in England.

"Negotiating the Business Deal in China"
An excerpt:
"The primary reason that Western negotiators fail in China is their failure to understand the culture and its influence on Chinese negotiators.
While much can be said about China's long history and recent economic rise, no one could defensibly assert that China is currently or has historically been home to the 'land of plenty' or the 'land of opportunity.' Much of the history of China has been the history of scarcity in which large segments of the population have grown accustomed to not having enough of many basic necessities with which many Western societies have become quite familiar, such as food, money, freedom or opportunity. In the current Chinese economy, two-thirds of the population still live in an agrarian, rural environment and depend upon harvesting rice or wheat in a traditional, communal environment. Survival depends upon group cooperation and harmony. Loyalty, obedience and hierarchy hold the group together."


Negotiation Skills Workshop

The Legalities of Doing Business in China: Live Seminar

Civic & Professional Memberships

· American Bar Association, Section on Business Law

· North Carolina Bar Association, Section on Dispute Resolution


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Joseph Diab

4141 Parklake Avenue, Suite 200
RaleighNC 27612


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