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Diane is an Associate in Hinckley Allen’s Real Estate practice group. Her practice supports each phase and legal aspect of the real estate industry as she assists clients in the acquisition, sale, development, leasing, and financing of real property.

Diane has considerable experience negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, leases, and related documents for complex commercial real estate transactions. Diane has assisted clients in the development and acquisition of commercial facilities, including the leasing and financing associated with such projects. She is particularly skilled with leasing for landlords of large shopping centers, and tenants in retail, office and mixed use centers. Additionally, she assists clients with land use and zoning matters, and works with municipalities to best achieve the client’s needs.

Diane is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, where she serves on the Next Generation Committee. In addition, she serves in a leadership position for the Hispanic National Bar Association Region I and is a member of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association. She is also a member of the Real Estate Finance Association. She earned her B.A. degree from Haverford College and her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Diane is a member of the Connecticut and Massachusetts Bar.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Associate (2017-Present)
    • Summer Associate (2016)
  • Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative
    • Legal Intern (2017)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Mediation Clinic
    • Legal Intern (2016)
  • Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
    • Legal Intern (2016)
  • Pratt & Whitney
    • Legal Intern (2015)

Honors & Awards

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
    • Insurance Law Center Juris Doctor Award (2017)
    • Thomas J. Staley '60 Award in Labor Law (2017)
    • CALI Excellence Award in Lawyering Process, Labor Law
    • Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative Clinic
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar: Diversity Law Scholarship, Recipient (2016)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Big Brother Big Sister

Professional Affiliations

  • Bushnell Young Professionals Group, Advisory Committee Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, Board Member
  • CREW CT
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Deputy Region 1 President: Connecticut
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Next Gen Committee Member
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
  • Real Estate Finance Association

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

News & Insight

Publication

Expedited Approval for Outdoor Permits Just in Time for Connecticut’s Re-Opening

May 20, 2020

Prior to the first phase of re-opening non-essential businesses in the State of Connecticut, which will commence on May 20, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order 7MM (“the Order”) to expedite the approval and permitting process for businesse…

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Navigating Zoning Hurdles for Alternative Uses

December 4, 2019

Every month, it seems that another Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) has approved a new alternative use business in a location that previously housed typical retail or industrial establishments: an axe-throwing business in a former warehouse, an interac…

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The Expanding Definition of Retail: Incorporating Alternative Uses in Retail Shopping Centers

July 16, 2019

As retail real estate continues to evolve, landlords are increasingly looking for tenants with alternative uses to fill vacant spaces in shopping centers. What once may have been a toy store, might now be outfitted as a fitness center. A storefront that on…

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Exclusive Use Provision in Shopping Center Leases

November 27, 2018

Retail shopping center leases often include an exclusive use provision, which prohibits a landlord from renting space in a given shopping center to another tenant that engages in the same type of business as the tenant’s primary use (e.g., a grocery stor…

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Avoiding Tender Issues in Retail Leases and Service Contracts to Ensure Favorable Outcomes in Premises Liability Claims and Lawsuits

September 5, 2018

Noble F. Allen and Diane E. Rojas explore the provisions in retail leases that trigger a tenant’s duty to indemnify landlords in premises liability actions. It will focus on how retail tenants should draft these provisions in order to minimize or elimin…

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On the Fence about Geofencing? Learn the Basics First

July 13, 2018

Technology is evolving and improving rapidly. In these changing times, retailers must adapt to, and embrace, new innovations to stay relevant. Geofencing is one method for retailers and landlords to learn about their customers, enhance the shopping experie…

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Is a lease guaranty still enforceable if modified without the guarantor’s consent?

January 19, 2018

New England Real Estate Journal (NEREJ) published this article originally created for a Hinckley Allen Retail Real Estate Newsletter in early November 2017.A guaranty secures the faithful and timely performance of a tenant’s obligations under a lease an…

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Is a Lease Guaranty Still Enforceable if the Lease is Modified Without the Guarantor’s Consent?

November 29, 2017

A guaranty secures the faithful and timely performance of a tenant’s obligations under a lease and ensures that the landlord can legally pursue the guarantor in the event of a tenant’s default.  But what happens when the landlord and tenant make subse…

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Firm News

Hinckley Allen Continues Strategic Growth, Hiring Four New Associates: Kaitlin M. Humble, Monica D. Mohan, Diane E. Rojas, and Sara J. Stankus Join the Firm

September 14, 2017

Hinckley Allen is pleased to welcome four new associates, all of whom bring a wide range of experiences and insights to our firm. As Hinckley Allen continues to grow strategically across the Northeast, these associates join a dedicated team of attorneys co…

Case Study

Counsel for Unique Mixed-Use Development

Rock Row is an experiential mixed-use development thoughtfully designed to fuse the newest building innovations and open green-spaces with its iconic natural features. Through careful planning, Rock Row combines healthy urban living, destination retail, mo…

Events

Past Event

HNBA Leveraging Latinidad in Small/Midsize Firms

February 27, 2020

Attorney Diane Rojas will be a panelist at HNBA's "Leveraging Latinidad in Small/Midsize Firms" on February 27th in Boston. Diane will talk about her experience in a Midsize firm, what the job requires, how she embraces her Latinidad in the private practic…

Past Event

ICSC New England Retail Connection 2018

March 7, 2018

We hope to see you at the Hartford International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Retail Connection. The New England Retail Connection is the one-stop for education, networking and deal making designed for retail real estate professionals seeking to d…