Diane Lourdes Dick

Associate Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 466
(206) 398-4134


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


Associate Professor Diane Lourdes Dick focuses her teaching and scholarship on complex business transactions, with particular emphasis on commercial finance, corporate bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate 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 overseeing business and commercial real estate transactions. Reflecting her dedication to shaping business and tax law and policy, Diane currently serves as Treasurer of the Washington State Bar Association's Business Law Section, 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.



Reevaluating Risk and Return in Chapter 11 Secured Creditor Cramdown Plans, forthcoming in AM. BANKR. L. J. (2019) (co-authored with Brian Hulse & Kevin Badgley of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP).

The Bearish Bankruptcy, forthcoming in GA. L. REV. (2018).

Bondholders vs. Retirees in Municipal Bankruptcies: The Political Economy of Chapter 9, forthcoming in AM. BANKR. L. J. (2018).

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).