Diane Ruhl

Diane is the Founding Principal and Director of Ruhl Family Law Centre, establishing the firm in June 2016.

Born and raised in Mackay, Diane then commenced her study in Brisbane, but missed the tropical north so transferred to James Cook University, Townsville. After graduating, Diane spent a year as the Associate to His Honour Judge Cullinane of the Supreme Court. During her years of experience, Diane has been involved in a variety of family law matters and is well-known in the Townsville community for her client-focused, no nonsense approach and securing excellent outcomes for her clients.

Ruhl Family Law Centre was born from Diane’s passion in showing true compassion for clients and their circumstances. Diane strives to provide a cost-effective, efficient and professional service to her clients.

Diane is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer, acting on behalf of children in various litigious matters. This role ensures the child or children’s well-being and best interests remain the utmost consideration and that proper and appropriate care arrangements are implemented to protect and secure their future.

Diane is also trained in Collaborative Law practice and has a genuine interest in this area of law. Collaborative Law facilitates negotiations in relation to parenting and property matters in a respectful, private and amicable manner.

On rare occasions when Diane is not in the office, she has been known to spend her time training for triathlons and marathons. Her recent achievements include completing the Townsville Triathlon in 2016 and in 2017, she will pound the pavements or rocky terrain of Kokoda.


  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) – LLB (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Admitted – Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted – Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Collaboratively Trained (Advanced Training)
  • Independent Child Lawyer
  • Practice Management Course

Memberships / Affiliations

  • Sessional Lecturer – Family Law – James Cook University (Cairns and Townsville)
  • Townsville Business Women’s Circle. Former Chair – Educational bursary committee
  • Law Council of Australia:
    • Regional, Rural, Remote committee; and
    • Business and Human Rights committee
  • College of Law Queensland Chapter Board
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Family Law Section

Former Memberships

  • Eliminate Dengue Community Reference Group
  • Townsville District Law Association (former President, Secretary and General Committee Member)
  • North Queensland Law Association (former President, Vice President, General Committee Member)

Contact Diane

P. 07 4772 7672
E. diane@ruhlfamilylaw.com.au

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Awards / Recognition

  • James Cook University Sessional Staff Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2010
  • Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year 2011
  • James Cook University Early Career Alumni Award 2012
  • Doyle’s Guide:
    • Listed as a Leading Family Lawyer – 2016
    • Listed as a Recommended Family Lawyer – 2017
    • Ruhl Family Law Centre – Second Tier Law Firm in North Queensland in 2016 (year of establishment)