Lisa Yonka Stevens
Lisa Stevens is a member whose practice focuses on corporate bankruptcy, creditor 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, 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 Immediate Past Chair of the Greater Maryland Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Prior to this position, she served as the Co-Chair, Co-Chair for the Events Committee and as an At-Large Director on the Board. She is actively involved in the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland (“MBBA”) and serves as the Secretary with prior involvement as the Chapter Events Chair and member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Stevens has been involved in redesigning the MBBA’s website and has been a presenter for the MBBA’s monthly meetings and annual Spring Break events. In addition, she is the Co-Chair of the Community Service Committee and Board Member of the Anne Arundel Bar Association (“AABA”). She served on the planning committee for the 2019 and 2017 AABA Bar Weekends and has judged the annual AABA high school essay contest and moot court competition.
Ms. Stevens serves on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the Women’s Law Center of Maryland that reviews and recommends candidates for judicial positions throughout the State of Maryland. In addition, Ms. Stevens has been instrumental in the reestablishment of the Maryland Chapter of CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education), a national, nonprofit organization that focuses on helping schools, community organizations and others to provide meaningful financial literacy training to young people and their families.
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 was inducted into the SPHINX Senior Honorary.
University of Maryland School of Law
- J.D., With Honors
Awarded the Joseph Bernstein Prize, Rose Zetzer Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center, The Maryland Law Review: Notes and Comments Editor
The Ohio State University
- B.S. cum laude with distinction in Microbiology. Italian and Political Science Minors
Presidential Leadership Citation, Outstanding Senior Award and SPHINX Senior Honorary
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
- 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
Counsel to condominium association in confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization over competing plan filed by senior secured lender.
Counsel to debtors in confirmed joint Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for manufacturing company and related real estate company.
Court held that corporate interest was property subject to enforcement under Maryland’s “wild card” provision for collecting judgments.
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Debtor’s counsel in successful sale of restaurant, inn and hospitality venue.
Debtors’ counsel for nine real estate ventures; negotiated successful settlement that resulted in a dismissal of Chapter 11 proceedings.
Debtor’s counsel for mixed-use office and commercial building resulting in profitable sale.
Debtors’ counsel for ten restaurant entities in Washington, D.C. Chapter 11 reorganization.
Debtors’ counsel for real estate developer resulting in confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
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.
Debtor’s counsel in mixed use office, retail and hotel building owner liquidation in Chapter 11 in Maryland. Building was converted into condominiums and sold in three distinct use pieces to different buyers per confirmed plan.
Anne Arundel Bar Association, Co-Chair Community Service (2019-present, 2016-2018), Co-Chair Social Committee (2018-2019), Trustee (2015-2016)
International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Immediate Past Chair (2019-present), Co-Chair (2016-2019), Co-Chair Events Committee (2015-2016), At-Large Director (2013-2015)
Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, Secretary (2019-2020), Chapter Events Chair (2018-2019), Chapter Events Assistant Chair (2017-2018), At-Large Director (2016-2017)
Maryland Chapter of CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education), Volunteer Liaison
Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Judicial Nominating Committee
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Virginia State Bar Association
Panelist, “Evaluating Third-Party Releases in Chapter 11 Plans,” The Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt Chapter meeting, January 30, 2019
Panelist, "Issues Arising in Cases Filed by LLCs or Their Members,” The Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Spring Break Weekend, May 2018
Moderator, “How to Build Your Brand”, Greater Maryland Network of IWIRC, January 24, 2018
Moderator, “Ponzi’s the Name, Clawback’s the Game: The Anatomy of a Ponzi Scheme”, Greater Maryland Network of IWIRC and MSBA Consumer Bankruptcy Section, March 10, 2017
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
President's Award, Anne Arundel Bar Association, 2019
Maryland Super Lawyers® for Bankruptcy: Business, 2019
Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy, What’s Up Magazine, 2018
“Act Fast on Appeal of Confirmed Plan Before Equitable Mootness,” Lisa Yonka Stevens and James A. Vidmar, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (May 2019)
Burnett v. Spencer, 230 Md.App. 24 (2016) (represented client in appeal of charging order against corporate interest of a recalcitrant judgment debtor; Court held that corporate interest was property subject to enforcement under Maryland’s “wild card” provision for collecting judgments)
In re Council of Unit Owners of 100 Harborview Drive Condominium, 584 B.R. 639 (2018) (represented condominium association in summary judgment proceedings against creditors’ alleged violations of property damage to luxury condominium unit).
In re Council of Unit Owners of 100 Harborview Drive Condominium, 580 B.R. 135 (2018) (represented condominium association in obtaining summary judgment in its favor because creditors failed to establish disparate treatment or retaliation claim under the Fair Housing Act).
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).
In re Kent Manor Inn, LLC, 2017 WL 2267241 (represented debtor in successful pursuit to surcharge bank’s collateral for various legal fees and certain payroll expenses).
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