Corinne Donohue Adams

Corinne Donohue Adams

Columbia, Maryland

Professional Experience 

Corinne Donohue Adams' practice focuses on bankruptcy and litigation. She represents corporate debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, and trustees in all aspects of their cases.

Prior to joining Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC, Mrs. Adams served as the term law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Grossman in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. During her federal clerkship, Mrs. Adams handled hundreds of matters in cases under chapters 7, 11, and 13. These matters involved a full range of issues arising under the Bankruptcy Code. As a judicial clerk, Mrs. Adams also assisted with mediations in chapter 11 cases.

Mrs. Adams received her J.D., with honors, from St. John’s University School of Law, where she served as an Articles & Notes Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. Through her journal, Mrs. Adams published a blog and listserv on the implications of a bankruptcy case on practitioners. She also completed courses through the LL.M. in Bankruptcy program at St. John's, and earned a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Reorganization under Chapter 11. Also at St. John's, Mrs. Adams worked in a debtor-creditor litigation clinic where she represented elderly, low-income individuals. She received a B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, for a double major in government and law and women's and gender studies from Lafayette College.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Business Law Issues

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • St. John's University School of Law, Queens, New York
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Review: American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Articles & Notes Editor
  • Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (national honor society)
    • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society)
    • Honors: Marquis Scholar
    • Major: Government and Law
    • Major: Women's and Gender Studies

Published Works


  • Speaker, Remarks at Judicial Investiture for United States Bankruptcy Judge in Virginia, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Speaker, “Serving the Insolvent or Bankrupt Client and Getting Paid”, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
  • Panelist, "Employment and Benefit Issues: Rejection of Employment Contracts & Effect on Non-Compete Clauses - Bankruptcy Code § 365", Walter Chandler American Inn of Court
  • Speaker, "Pathways to Success in Individual and Small Business Chapter 11 Cases", United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Panelist, "Behind the Scenes: Roundtable Discussions with Bankruptcy Judges", Suffolk Academy of Law
  • Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and St. John's University School of Law's Duberstein Competition, St. John's University School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list: Selected for inclusion in the area of Bankruptcy: Business, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Reorganization under Chapter 11 and Drafting: Contracts
  • Awards for Excellence in Introduction to Bankruptcy Practice: Case Analysis, Elder Law Clinic (debtor-creditor litigation clinic), Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Environmental Law, and General Externship Seminar
  • Award recipient of “Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals: Honoring 30 Young People under the Age of 30” from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Executive Committee Reporter / CLE Chair (2015-2016); Executive Committee Program Chair (Present)
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation - Greater Maryland Network, Membership Committee (2014), Communications Committee and Newsletter Co-Editor (2014 - 2016), Director and Communications Committee Co-Chair (2016 – present)
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation – DC Network, Communications Committee Co-Chair (2016), Programming Committee Co-Chair (2017), Secretary (present)
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Robert E. Grossman, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, Term Law Clerk, 2012 - 2013
  • Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, Law Clerk, 2011 - 2012
  • St. John's Elder Law Clinic (debtor-creditor litigation clinic), Legal Intern
  • Hon. Scott Fairgrieve of the Nassau County District Court, Judicial Extern

Pro Bono Activities

  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, representing chapter 7 clients