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B.A., summa cum laude, Florida International University, 1997
M.A., Political Science, Florida International University, 1999
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Florida, 2005
LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida, 2011


Business and Tax Law; Corporate Restructuring


  • Business Entities  (BUSN-300-E)

        Diane Lourdes Dick

        Associate Professor of Law

        Curriculum VitaePDF


        Professor Dick joined the faculty in 2011 after receiving her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she focused on business taxation and served as a Graduate Tax Scholar. From 2005-2010, she was an Associate at Bilzin Sumberg, where she concentrated her practice in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, capital market transactions, debt restructuring and loan workouts. While in private practice, Professor Dick's matters included representing the borrower of a fully secured $100 million asset-based credit facility and serving as a special corporate counsel to the debtors in the bankruptcy reorganization of a multibillion dollar joint venture.

        Professor Dick focuses her scholarship on the intersections of tax, bankruptcy and corporate law. She has written extensively about commercial restructurings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the litigation of disputes pertaining to complex commercial financing arrangements. Professor Dick's work has been selected via blind review for highly competitive conferences, including the 16th Annual Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School, the Emerging Scholars in Commercial and Consumer Law panel of the 2015 American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, and the Third Annual Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-Leaf) Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop at George Washington University Law School. Her scholarship has also been showcased on leading corporate and bankruptcy law websites, including The New York Times Dealbook, the Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable, The CLS Blue Sky Blog (Columbia Law School's Blog on Corporations and Capital Markets), the American Bankruptcy Institute's podcast series, and Reuters BreakingViews.

        Professor Dick is a member in good standing of the Washington, Florida, and District of Columbia bar associations, and has been an active member of the Business Law Sections of the Florida Bar and the Washington State Bar. A frequent speaker at business and real estate CLEs, she served on the Editorial Committee for the Florida Bar Business Law Section's report providing guidance for Florida lawyers delivering legal opinions in business and real estate finance transactions, and currently serves on the Washington State Bar Legal Opinions Committee.



        Valuation in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: The Dangers of an Implicit Market Test, forthcoming in U. ILL. L. REV. (2016).

        U.S. Tax Imperialism in Puerto Rico, 65 AM. UNIV. L. REV. 1 (2015).

        Grassroots Shareholder Activism in Large Commercial Bankruptcies
        , 40 J. CORP. L. 1 (2014).

        Bankruptcy's Corporate Tax Loophole, 82 FORDHAM L. REV. 2273 (2014).

        The Chapter 11 Efficiency Fallacy, 2013 B.Y.U. L.REV 759 (2013).

        Confronting the Certainty Imperative in Corporate Finance Jurisprudence
        , 2011 UTAH L. REV. 1461 (2011).

        Tax and Economic Policy Responses to the Medicaid Long-Term Care Financing Crisis: A Behavioral Economics Approach, 5 CARDOZO PUB. L. POL'Y & ETHICS J. 379 (2007).

        Symposia, Professional Publications & Other Works

        Legal Ethics, Commercial Practice, and the Certainty Imperative:  A Cautionary Note, 40 N. Ky. L. Rev. 279 (2012) (invited symposium submission).

        Making Real Estate Joint Venture Marriages Last:  Lessons Learned From a Downturned Economy, FLA. REAL ESTATE J. (2009) (co-authored with Steven D. Lear).

        Note, The Impact of Medicaid Estate Recovery on Nontraditional Families, 15 U. FLA. J.L. & PUB. POL'Y 525 (2005)

        Note, The Case of the Little Yellow Cuban Biplane:  Can Interest Analysis Reconcile Conflicting Provisions in Federal Statutes and International Treaties?, 57 FLA. L. REV. 91 (2005).

        Comment, Reaffirming Every Floridian's Entitlement to a Broad and Fundamental Right to Privacy, 56 FLA. L. REV. 447 (2004).

        Recent Activity

        How Bankrupt Is Horsehead Holding? Its Investors Want to Know

        August 26, 2016
        Professor Diane Dick's research on how companies manipulate bankruptcy is featured in this story.

        Speaking Out for Shareholders in Corporate Bankruptcies

        May 15, 2015
        A DealBook column cites research by Professor Diane Dick on shareholder activism in cases of company bankruptcy.

        Professor Diane Dick chosen for prestigious forum at Harvard

        May 05, 2015
        Professor Diane Lourdes Dick will participate in the highly competitive 2015 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum this summer. Her work was selected from among hundreds of submissions nationally.

        2015's States with the Highest and Lowest Property Taxes

        April 07, 2015
        Should people consider property taxes before buying a home? Professor Diane Lourdes Dick offers guidance.