James A. Vidmar
Jim Vidmar has always concentrated on business reorganization cases and debtor/creditor issues. He has significant experience working with businesses in financial distress. He has participated in many business insolvency cases in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, including work on behalf of Chapter 11 debtors, trustees in bankruptcy, banks, landlords and creditors’ committees. Mr. Vidmar has represented purchasers of loans and parties in bankruptcy sales. He often represents homebuilders and developers. He has defended many claims against commercial guarantors.
Mr. Vidmar is a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for Maryland and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. In 1992, Mr. Vidmar became the first lawyer in Maryland to become board certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification. He has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2007 through 2019 Maryland Super Lawyers and the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers editions in the category of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. He was named a top lawyer in business reorganization by Washingtonian Magazine. He is included in the 2010 to present editions of The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Vidmar has also served as a mediator in cases pending before the federal bankruptcy court and the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. He has completed the forty-hour mediation training course sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers.
University of Baltimore School of Law, 1980
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1976
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Linowes and Blocher LLP, Partner, 1990 – 2009
- Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, Partner, 1988 – 1990
- Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, Associate, 1983 – 1987
Counsel to debtors in sale of regional ski resort, golf course and real estate project. Finalist in M&A Advisor 2013 Real Estate Deal of the Year.
Directed debtors’ successful bankruptcy auction sale of WISP Resort and dozens of valuable real estate lots in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in Maryland.
Counsel to debtor in sale of hotel project.
Counsel to debtor in Chapter 7. See article: Tax Surprises Can Follow When Payroll Firms Implode, Wall Street Journal (April 24, 2013).
Counsel to debtor in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of a software developer and distributor.
Counsel to receiver (Maryland Insurance Commissioner) in receivership of regional health maintenance organization. Work included the court-approved sale of HMO business and resulted in one-hundred percent payment to unsecured creditors.
Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 liquidation of nationally operated computer systems integrator.
Counsel to debtor in sale under Chapter 11 of satellite communications device manufacturer.
Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 of manufacturer of point-of-sale check coding device. Resulted in assets being sold to debtor’s principal.
Counsel to debtor in corporate liquidation of software developer.
Counsel to debtor in sale of $14,000,000 farm on Maryland’s eastern shore pursuant to debtor’s plan of reorganization.
Counsel to waste handling facility developer in Chapter 11.
Counsel to principal secured lender in liquidation of eighteen-store grocery retailer.
Counsel to creditors in involuntary bankruptcy of National Football League licensed entertainment show. Reported at 276 B.R. 407 (Bankr. D. Md. 2002).
Counsel to lender in recovery of loan secured by UHF television station.
Counsel to regional air-freight trucking firm in Chapter 11 reorganization. Debtor’s plan was confirmed.
Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 of regional earth-moving and road building company. Debtor’s plan was approved.
Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 of 2,500 lot residential housing development. Debtor’s plan was approved.
Debtor’s counsel in dispute regarding newspaper access to bankruptcy proceedings. Reported at 88 B.R. 730 (Bankr. D. Md. 1988).
Counsel to debtor in lien dispute. Reported at 124 B.R. 465 (Bankr. D. Md. 1991).
Debtors’ counsel for real estate developer resulting in confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
Debtor’s counsel for mixed-use office and commercial building resulting in profitable sale.
Counsel to debtors in confirmed joint Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for manufacturing company and related real estate company.
Represented senior secured lender and provider of debtor-in-possession financing in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of regional road construction and asphalt production business with $50 million in annual sales.
Counsel to bankruptcy trustee in liquidation of pioneering telephonic advice company known as the “Psychic Friends Network.”
Chair, Dean's Advisory Council, University of Baltimore Law School Advisory Council, 2018-present; Member, 2004-present
Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, 2010-present
President, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, 1999 - 2000
Member, Board of Directors, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, 1992
Business Bankruptcy Law, Board Certified, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, 1992
"Sales of Assets Under the Bankruptcy Code", MICPEL, 2009
Panelist, "Hot Topics in Claims Resolution", Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Spring Break Weekend, 2004
Panelist, "Getting the Chapter 11 Case on the Highway", Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland Spring Break Weekend, 2003
Panelist, "Real Estate Bankruptcies", American Bankruptcy Institute, Views from the Bench 2003, Georgetown University, 2003
Lecturer, "What Litigators Must Know About Bankruptcy", MICPEL, 2002
Lecturer, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers, 1988 - Present
Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1988 - 1990
Maryland Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy: Business, 2007-2020
Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 2010-2020
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, representing Chapter 7 clients
“Act Fast on Appeal of Confirmed Plan Before Equitable Mootness,” Lisa Yonka Stevens and James A. Vidmar, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (May 2019)
In re Hagerstown Block Company, 570 B.R. 494 (2017) (successfully represented corporate Chapter 11 debtors in their objection to proofs of claim filed by shareholders who had exercised their stock redemption rights)
Contributory Editor, Ginsburg & Martin on Bankruptcy, 4th Ed., 1999
Moving for Relief from the Automatic Stay, A Guide for Lawyers and Lenders, MICPEL
"Use Clauses' and the Bankruptcy Code: A Cautionary Tale," Commercial Leasing Law Journal Newsletters, Volume 17, August 2004
"What Litigators Must Know About Bankruptcy," Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers