Diane Lourdes Dick
Assistant Professor of Law
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 how tax and bankruptcy laws shape corporate responses to financial and economic distress. She has written about commercial restructurings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the litigation of disputes pertaining to complex commercial financing arrangements. Her current research explores how stakeholders of financially distressed firms exploit various loopholes in Chapter 11 to transfer value outside of bankruptcy's distributional norms. Professor Dick's recent publications include: Grassroots Shareholder Activism in Large Commercial Bankruptcies, forthcoming in The Journal of Corporation Law, Bankruptcy's Corporate Tax Loophole, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2273 (2014), and The Chapter 11 Efficiency Fallacy, 2013 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 759 (2013). Her scholarship has been showcased on leading corporate and bankruptcy law websites, including 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, The Conglomerate Blog on Business, Law, Economics and Society, and Reuters BreakingViews. In 2013, she was one of twelve legal scholars invited to present her work at the Third Annual Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-Leaf) Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop at George Washington University Law School.
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. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, she was the articles editor of the Florida Law Review and won numerous awards during her law school tenure for scholastics, writing and service.
Grassroots Shareholder Activism in Large Commercial Bankruptcies, ____ J. CORP. L. ____ (forthcoming, 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, forthcoming in UTAH L. REV. (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 Amalysis 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 Rigth to Privacy, 56 FLA. L. REV. 447 (2004).
- 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
- Secured Transactions
- Business Entities
- Corporate and Financial Law & Policy
- Corporate and Partnership Taxation