Corinne Donohue Adams
Ms. 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, Ms. 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, Ms. 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, Ms. Adams also assisted with mediations in Chapter 11 cases.
Ms. 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, Ms. 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, Ms. 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.
St. John’s University School of Law
Dean’s List, Law Review: American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Articles & Notes Editor
- B.A. summa cum laude, Government and Law, and Women’s and Gender Studies
Phi Beta Kappa (national honor society)
Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society)
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the 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
- 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
Represented debtor in Chapter 11 case with multi-million dollar 50+/- acre property.
Represent Chapter 7 trustee by handling all aspects of case, including litigating multiple adversary proceedings and liquidating entities, real properties and other assets of the estate.
Represented Chapter 11 entity debtor in approval of disclosure statement and confirmation of plan of liquidation.
Successfully pursued and settled separate objections to debtor’s disclosure statement and to confirmation of debtor’s Chapter 11 plan, in debtor’s fourth bankruptcy case, for a secured creditor and an unsecured creditor by negotiating favorable early payments to creditors at closing on sale of debtor’s real property for $17,050,000.
Successfully defended Chapter 7 trustee in adversary proceeding by creditor seeking reformation of deed of trust and determination of extent, priority, and amount of lien against debtor’s membership interest in a limited liability company.
For a copy of the court’s decision, please click here.
Friedman and Stackman, Co-Trustees of The Michael J. Friedman Family Trust and as Personal Representatives of the Estate of Rhona Friedman v. Roger Schlossberg
Represented Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee/equity security holder debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of individual debtor’s bankrupt limited liability company by successfully negotiating settlement of equitable subordination adversary proceeding by equitably subordinating hundreds of thousands of dollars less than sought and negotiating $2,600,000 reduction in claim sought against individual debtor.
Successfully represented bankruptcy trustee in negotiating settlement with exchange of membership interest in debtor’s limited liability company and assignment of unsecured claim for payment of funds to bankruptcy estate.
Counsel to Virginia government contractor, as Chapter 11 debtor, in successful sale of assets and assignment of government contracts, including payment of owed back-wages to employees.
$30,000,000 multi-phase entity structure, financing and development of The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Queenstown, MD.
$7,200,000 purchase of office building located at 839 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, Maryland, representing purchaser, Glen Frost, Esquire.
$2,000,000 sale of office building located at 108 Severn Avenue, Annapolis, MD.
Counsel for small business undergoing re-domestication of principal office from Virginia to Maryland.
Secured creditor’s counsel in the bankruptcy cases of two restaurant chains in the Southern District of New York.
Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Executive Committee Reporter / CLE Chair (2015-2016), Executive Committee Program Chair (2016-2018), Executive Committee Secretary/Treasurer (2018-2019), Executive Committee Secretary (2019-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 (2016-2018), Secretary (2018–2019), Vice Chair (2019-2020), Co-Chair (2020-Present)
International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation – DC Network, Communications Committee Co-Chair (2016-2017), Programming Committee Co-Chair (2017-2018), Secretary (2018-2020), Director At Large (2020-Present)
Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
Maryland State Bar Association
Anne Arundel Bar Association
Panelist, “What’s Hot with Executory Contracts?”, Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association in Maryland
Speaker, Remarks for acceptance of International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s Rising Star Semi-Finalist Award, 25th Annual Fall International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Conference in Texas
Panelist, “So you want to be the Liquidating Trustee or Distribution Agent?”, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C.
Panelist, “Consumer and UST Ethics Issues: Bankruptcy Billing, Bundling and the Upright Decision”, 14th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Conference in Pennsylvania
Speaker, Remarks at Judicial Investiture for United States Bankruptcy Judge in Virginia, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation in Virginia
Speaker, “Serving the Insolvent or Bankrupt Client and Getting Paid”, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts in Maryland
Panelist, "Employment and Benefit Issues: Rejection of Employment Contracts & Effect on Non-Compete Clauses - Bankruptcy Code § 365", Walter Chandler American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C.
Panelist, "Pathways to Success in Individual and Small Business Chapter 11 Cases", United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York in New York
Panelist, "Behind the Scenes: Roundtable Discussions with Bankruptcy Judges", Suffolk Academy of Law in New York
Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and St. John's University School of Law's Duberstein Competition, St. John's University School of Law in New York
Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list: Selected for inclusion in the area of Bankruptcy: Business, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
Participated in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Next Generation program in 2019
Awarded International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s Rising Star Semi-Finalist Award
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
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, representing Chapter 7 clients
"Stopped Payments as Avoidable Unauthorized Post-Petition Transfers", American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (August 2018)
Frenville Overruled; Claims Arise Upon Exposure in the Third Circuit, ABI Bankruptcy Case Blog (Dec. 1, 2010)
Frenville Overruled; Claims Arise Upon Exposure in the Third Circuit, ABI Business Reorganization Listserv (Nov. 24, 2010)