Diane J. Hvolka

Co-Chair, Leasing

Santa Monica

(310) 460-4482

(310) 594-3083

Diane represents clients in commercial real estate and business transactions, including general office, creative office, industrial and retail leasing; real property secured financing; real estate purchase and sales; brokerage agreements; insurance matters; construction, engineering and consulting agreements; property management agreements; development agreements; reciprocal easement agreements; covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) and ground leases.

Diane has more than 15 years of experience handling complex real estate transactions. During the course of her career, she has had the privilege of serving clients such as J.P. Morgan, Maguire Properties Group, Thomas Properties Group, Inc., CommonWealth Partners, LLC, Vantage Property Investors LLC, and the Grand Avenue Joint Powers Authority (a JPA formed by the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency). Diane is frequently called upon to speak to brokers and other real estate professionals on real estate issues.

Her experience includes negotiating and drafting hundreds of leases, amendments, and option agreements on behalf of office, industrial, and retail landlords and tenants, both large and small, including leases for social media companies and other creative office users, restaurants, and high-end retailers, law firms, financial institutions, entertainment companies, and fitness facilities.

Diane received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from University of California at Irvine and her law degree, magna cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law.



Thomas Lombardi, Co-chair of the 2020 Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium, Diane Hvolka Selected As a Panelist

December 03, 2020

Thomas Lombardi, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, was co-chair of the 2020 Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium, while Danielle Hvolka, member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, spoke on a panel.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

January 15, 2020

Super Lawyers has named nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Risks, Benefits of Dog-Friendly Offices

March 09, 2018

Diane Hvolka, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discussed with Commercial Property Executive about the legal, health, and safety implications at the workplace for landlords and property managers.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of Gilchrist & Rutter Attorneys

September 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is thrilled to announce that effective October 1, 2017, all of the lawyers from the Los Angeles real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, will join the firm.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Exploring the Rising Trend of Dogs in the Workplace

October 19, 2017 - Sherman Oaks, CA


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
  • University of California at Irvine, B.A., cum laude, 1999

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2021

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014-2020

Lawyers of Distinction, Member

Southern California Super Lawyer "Rising Star,"  2008-2013

"Most Influential Women In Real Estate," Real Estate Southern California, 2008

"20 Rising Stars of Real Estate," Institutional Investor News, 2008

  • California
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California

Co-Founder, Leasing Ladies Group

Co-Vice President of Membership, Commercial Real Estate Women-Los Angeles, 2008

Co-Chair, Real Estate Finance Subsection of the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2004-2006

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section

California Bar Association, Real Property Section

American Bar Association