Diane Lourdes Dick

Diane Lourdes Dick

William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 466


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  • Business and Tax Law
  • Corporate Restructuring


  • 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


Professor Diane Lourdes Dick focuses her teaching and scholarship on business and tax law, with particular emphasis on commercial finance, business bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and business entity taxation.

A prolific author, Diane has published or forthcoming articles in law reviews, peer-reviewed journals, practitioner-oriented publications, and on prominent commercial law blogs. Diane's work has been selected via blind review for highly competitive conferences, including the 16th Annual Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, the Emerging Scholars in Commercial and Consumer Law panel of the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, and the George Washington University Center for Law, Economics & Finance Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop. She has been invited to deliver lectures at the Harvard Kennedy School, The Brookings Institution, and at professional association meetings, law schools, and graduate tax programs around the country. Her scholarship has been showcased by The New York Times and Reuters BreakingViews, and has been cited and discussed by courts and litigants.

Diane is also active in practitioner circles in the Pacific Northwest and around the country, and regularly consults with attorneys, investors, private equity funds, and think tanks about commercial finance, bankruptcy and insolvency, and business taxation. She is a member in good standing of the Washington, Florida, and District of Columbia bar associations, and has co-authored reports in Washington and Florida providing guidance for lawyers involved in business and commercial real estate transactions. Reflecting her dedication to shaping business and tax law and policy, Diane currently serves as Reporter for the Dodd-Frank Study Group of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and as a member of the WSBA Legal Opinions Committee, the Washington Corporate Act Revisions Committee, and the Washington Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. From 2020-21, she served as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Business Law Section.


  • Recent Federal Tax Questions in Bankruptcy Cases, forthcoming in BANKR. L. LETTER (2021) (invited submission).
  • Hostile Restructurings, forthcoming in WASH. L. REV. (2021).
  • The Case for a Bankruptcy Shareholder Ombudsman, 41 No. 1 BANKR. L. LETTER 1 (2021) (invited submission).
  • Bankruptcy, Bailout, or Bust: Early Corporate Responses to the Business and Financial Challenges of Covid-19, 40 No. 7 BANKR. L. LETTER 1 (2020) (invited submission).
  • Equitable Powers and Judicial Discretion: A Survey of U.S. Bankruptcy Judges, 94 AM. BANKR. L.J. 265 (2020) (invited submission).
  • Windstream Holdings: It's a Wonderful Case, 39 No. 12 BANKR. L. LETTER 1 (2019) (invited submission).
  • Reevaluating Risk and Return in Chapter 11 Secured Creditor Cramdown Plans, 93 AM. BANKR. L.J. 175 (2019) (peer-reviewed journal; co-authored with Brian Hulse & Kevin Badgley).
  • Public Hospital Bankruptcies and an Evolving Functional Interpretation of the Bankruptcy Code, 39 No. 8 BANKR. L. LETTER 1 (2019) (invited submission).
  • The Bearish Bankruptcy, 52 GA. L. REV. 437 (2018).
  • Bondholders vs. Retirees in Municipal Bankruptcies: The Political Economy of Chapter 9, 92 AM. BANKR. L. J. 73 (2018) (peer-reviewed journal).
  • Valuation in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: The Dangers of an Implicit Market Test, 2017 ILL. L. REV. 1487 (2017).
  • Recognizing Taxpayers as Stakeholders in Municipal Bankruptcies, 14 J.L. ECON. & POL'Y 91 (2017) (invited submission).
  • 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).