Rest assured you can trust an experienced member of our legal team to provide you with knowledgeable guidance, help and advice. You can count on us to remain committed to your interests in approaching your legal needs with competence and creativity. At Diana L. Skaggs + Partners, PLLC, we’re here to assist you with all legal family and divorce matters—before, during and after litigation.
Diana L. Skaggs / Partner
In and out of the courtroom, Diana L. Skaggs is on the forefront of new developments in the practice of family law and is recognized for her innovation in the field as well as her continued dedication to families, children and public service. She received the Louisville Bar Association’s 2006 Revell Family Law Award in honor of these commitments. Past President of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, where she also served on the national Board of Governors, Skaggs takes an active role in professional organizations and frequently teaches other family law attorneys and judges at continuing legal education courses. She is A.V. rated by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in Best Lawyers in America in the field of family law and selected for inclusion in 2007 through 2018 Super Lawyers as being among the top 5% of family lawyers and has been listed as one of the top 25 women lawyers in Kentucky across all fields of practice. The Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers honored her with its 2010 “Raising the Bar Award.” Her most recent honor was being elected a Diplomate of The American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a national organization limited to 100 divorce litigators. Skaggs, who received her Juris Doctor degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1982, maintains professional memberships and has held offices in several regional and national organizations. She formed Diana L. Skaggs + Associates in 1999, although she has devoted her practice to family law for more than twenty-five years. In 2014, the firm name was changed to Diana L. Skaggs + Partners PLLC. Though the firm focuses on all aspects of divorce and family law, Skaggs concentrates her practice in complex financial divorce, including business valuation, trusts, tax, tracing of non-marital funds and integrated solutions for wealth management and preservation. “While most matters are settled privately, my extensive trial experience and our staffing allow us to handle complex litigation where necessary or appropriate,” says Skaggs.
Elizabeth M. Howell / Senior Associate
Elizabeth M. Howell has devoted her practice to family law in Kentucky. Though the firm focuses on all aspects of divorce and family law, Howell concentrates her practice in complex financial divorce, including business valuation, trusts, executive compensation, tracing of non-marital funds and creative solutions for complicated assets. She enjoys advocating for her clients both in and out of the courtroom. Her approach to family law puts clients and their goals first.
Howell remains up to date on Kentucky family law statutes, cases, and trends. She annually presents updates to other family law attorneys and judges at continuing legal education courses. Howell was selected for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Kentucky Rising Stars lists. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Howell joined Diana L. Skaggs + Partners, PLLC in 2014, following her 2013 graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude. Howell fell in love with family law because of the ability to work face-to-face with clients on matters that directly impact their daily lives. Howell is passionate about family law, including using alternative dispute resolution methods to amicably and efficiently resolve contentious family law matters. She particularly enjoys working with clients to increase their understanding of the legal process to reduce clients’ stress during what can be a very difficult time.
Howell also works pro bono educating area attorneys, social workers, college administrators, and law school classes on Title IX. Howell has served in a variety of roles in the Louisville and Kentucky legal community. At home, she enjoys spending time with her young daughter, especially visiting the library to read the latest children’s books.
Emily T. Cecconi / Associate
Emily T. Cecconi joined Diana L. Skaggs + Partners, PLLC in 2018, following her graduation from the University of Kentucky College of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude. Ms. Cecconi's interest in family law began when she worked as a law clerk for a Kentucky circuit court judge during the summer following her first year in law school. While working toward her degree, Ms. Cecconi served as a certified legal intern with the University of Kentucky College of Law Legal Clinic. As a member of the U.K. Legal Clinic, Ms. Cecconi used a limited license to advise, counsel, and represent indigent clients in a variety of civil legal matters, including divorce and advanced directives. Prior to law school, Ms. Cecconi graduated Cum Laude from Bellarmine University with a B.A. in English and Political Science.
Nathan R. Hardymon / Associate
Nathan R. Hardymon joined Diana L. Skaggs + Partners, PLLC as an associate in 2019 after having
been a Staff Attorney for the Honorable John M. McCarty, a Family Court judge in Daviess County,
Kentucky. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2018
cum laude. While working toward his degree, Mr. Hardymon served as a Certified Legal Intern with
the University of Kentucky College of Law Legal Clinic. There he utilized a limited practice license to
advise, counsel, and represent indigent clients in a variety of civil legal matters, including dissolution
of marriage. Prior to law school, Mr. Hardymon graduated in 2015 from the University of Kentucky
with an M.A. in Linguistic Theory and Typology, and in 2013 with a B.A. in Linguistics and a B.A. in
Sandra G. Ragland / Associate ~ In Memoriam
Sandra G. Ragland joined Diana L. Skaggs + Associates as an associate, after receiving her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1999. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a paralegal in family law.
She enjoyed working in many facets of family law. Ragland said she was drawn to cases involving difficult child custody issues and cases in which the parties were ending long-term marriages. She said, “In both situations, I encourage clients to attempt to maintain healthy relationships with ex- spouses, not only for the benefit of their children, but also for their own well-being. I am a strong advocate of a collaborative approach to problem-solving, with a primary focus on meeting the needs of the parties and their children, rather than a lock-step application of statutes and precedents.” Ragland considered her work not only a career, but a calling. Sandra passed away on March 29, 2013, after an illness.
Mary L. Ruiz / Legal Assistant
While Mary Ruiz is a highly experienced and excellent legal assistant, what our clients and colleagues most love about her is her warm and friendly manner. If you call our office for an appointment, Mary will assist you. We have received many, many compliments from callers saying how much they enjoyed speaking with Mary. It is a frightening step for many people to call a lawyer’s office, but when you ask for Mary you will be glad you did. She is exactly who you would want as the woman who lives next door. Mary joined our team in 2005. She has over 36 years of experience as a legal assistant in all areas of law. She particularly enjoys working in a family law firm where her motivation to help others is so well fulfilled.
Alex Kennedy / Legal Assistant
Alex Kennedy began her work with us in 2012 as a receptionist, and upon Rita Horton's retirement was promoted to legal assistant. We are so pleased Alex chose a position with us to begin her career in the legal field!
Alexandria Brown / Receptionist
Alexandria began working for us part-time as a receptionist. She greets visitors, answers the phones, takes our filings to the courthouse, and performs other various administrative duties. She has 11 years previous experience working at a law firm. When she is not working, Alexandria enjoys time spent with her son and family.
Rita Horton / Retired
Rita Horton began working for Diana L. Skaggs in 1990 as a legal secretary and provided administrative support primarily for her. As accurate a typist as was ever born, Rita was also a highly valued member of our team for her dependability. If there was snow or ice on the ground, she would nonetheless be in the office at 7:30 a.m. unless someone called her and insisted she not come in. She never missed work and used to have to be told to take more vacation time. Once her children were scattered as far as Guam and she had out-of-town grandchildren, Rita did enjoy her well-deserved vacation time. She attended Purdue University and began her working career at a stock brokerage firm in Milwaukee before moving to Louisville and beginning a new career as a legal assistant for another attorney. Rita retired December 3, 2015. It was our great privilege to have had her in our office for 25 years!