Emeline L. Kitchen Diener


Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania
Attorney Emeline Kitchen-Diener started her career in the legal
field, working for a hospital management corporation, AID Inc. in
Bala Cynwyd, PA. This included contract drafting and reviewing,
and EEOC claims. When the corporation was sold, Attorney Diener
ventured out on her own, opening a practice focusing on family law,
real estate contracts disputes, civil litigation, and land use. Emeline
then joined forces with Herbert F. Rubinestein in Broad Axe,
Montgomery County Pennsylvania. This was a general civil practice,
with a preponderance of local taxation, municipal solicitorship, and
several zoning hearing board solicitorships. When this office closed
Emeline began focusing her talents working with Joseph P. Hanyon
in civil litigation and municipal zoning matters. In her spare time
Emeline enjoys being a legal journalist and has had many articles
published to date.

Areas of Practice

  • Municipal and Land Use Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1976


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. – 1976
  • Bryn Mawr College
    • B.A. cum laude – 1972
    • Major: Anthropology

Published Works

  • Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Pennsylvania’s Equine Activities Immunity Statute, Sidebar, Montgomery County Bar Association publication, October 2011
  • Consenting Adults: About Those Permission Slips we sign for our Kids, The Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine, March 2013
  • Water, Water Everywhere (But Not to Drop a Line), Journal of the Pocono Plateau, March 28, 2013
  • Uninformed Consent: Making Sure Clients are aware of the Collateral Civil Consequences of Guilty Pleas, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September 2013
  • If I May: A Few (More) Thoughts on Civility at the Bar, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, March 2014
  • Whose Lake is it? When Law and History Intersect, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September 2015
  • Precedent in the Age of the Information Banquet, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, March 2016
  • “Upon our Oaths”: Rituals of Swearing and Solemnization” The Pennsylvania Lawyer, November 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Main Line Lawyers Forum, President
  • Editorial Committee of the PA Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • AID, Inc, Associate Counsel , 1977 – 1978
  • Solo Practice, Wayne, Pennsylvania , Attorney, 1978 – 1989
  • Herbert F. Rubenstein, Associate, 1989 – 2013


  • French