Lisa Yonka Stevens

Lisa Yonka Stevens

Columbia, Maryland

Professional Experience 

Lisa Stevens is a member whose practice focuses on corporate bankruptcy, creditor's rights, commercial litigation and insurance recovery. She has significant experience working with businesses in financial distress and has represented corporate debtors, lenders, secured creditors and unsecured creditors, in all aspects of litigation, deal making and dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC, Ms. Stevens represented corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes in State and Federal Courts throughout the country and abroad in international arbitration. She has been involved in all aspects of litigation and has successfully recovered millions of dollars for her clients. In addition to her insurance coverage work, Ms. Stevens has litigated complex commercial contract disputes and business-related torts.


Ms. Stevens is the Co-Chair of the Events Committee for the Greater Maryland Network of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC"). Prior to this position, she served as an At-Large Director on the board for two years. She is actively involved in the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland and the Anne Arundel Bar Association, where she served on the planning committee for the 2015 Bar Weekend. Ms. Stevens was recently elected as a Trustee for the Anne Arundel Bar Association (2015-2016 term).

Ms. Stevens served as a law clerk for The Honorable James P. Salmon of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals from 2004 to 2005. In 2003, she was a Rose Zetzer Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and a summer associate at Dickstein Shapiro, LLC. During law school, Ms. Stevens was a research assistant for the Center for Health and Homeland Security and interned with The Honorable Andre M. Davis of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Ms. Stevens received her J.D., with honors, from The University of Maryland School of Law, where she served as the Notes and Comments Editor of The Maryland Law Review. In addition, Ms. Stevens was awarded The Joseph Bernstein Prize for the most significant piece of legal writing submitted for publication in The Maryland Law Review during 2003 to 2004. She received her B.S., cum laude, in microbiology, with distinction, from The Ohio State University, where she was awarded the Presidential Leadership Citation, Outstanding Senior Award, and inducted into SPHINX Senior Honorary.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Bankruptcy
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Recovery

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Awarded the Joseph Bernstein Prize
    • Honors: Rose Zetzer Fellow, National Women's Law Center
    • Law Review: The Maryland Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
  • The Ohio State University
    • B.S. cum laude
    • Honors: Presidential Leadership Citation; Outstanding Senior Award; and SPHINX Senior Honorary
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Microbiology
    • Minor: Italian and Political Science

Published Works

  • Bankruptcy Law: Five Things Every Lawyer Should Know, The Advocate, Winter, 2011
  • The Sport of Numbers: Manipulating Title IX to Rationalize Discrimination Against Women, BYU Education & Law Journal 155, 2004
  • Another View: New Affirmative Action Rulings Affect Contracting, (Co-Author, with Bradley Wine), Government Computer News, September 29, 2003
  • An Open Debate on United States Citizens Designated Enemy Combatants: Where Do We Go From Here?, (Co-Author, with Michael Beattie), 62 The Maryland Law Review 975, 2003


  • Panelist, “Recent Case and Rule Developments in Business Bankruptcy Cases,”, The Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Spring Break Weekend, May 2016
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Anatomy of a Commercial Lease: Mock Lease Negotiation” , Anne Arundel Bar Association and Anne Arundel Community College, March 2016
  • Moderator, “Women in the Law: A Judicial Perspective” , Greater Maryland Network of IWIRC and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Women Leadership and Equality Program, November 2015
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Hot Topics in Commercial Law”, Anne Arundel Bar Association Bar Weekend March 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Anne Arundel Bar Association, Trustee (2015-2016)
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (“IWIRC”), Co-Chair Events Committee (2015-2016), At-Large Director (2013-2015)
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Dickstein Shapiro, LLC, Associate, 2005 - 2010
  • Honorable James P. Salmon of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005
  • Center for Health and Homeland Security, Research Assistant
  • Honorable Andre M. Davis of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Intern