Corinne Donohue Adams

Corinne Donohue Adams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Annapolis, MD

Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC
 | 185 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Suite 130
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 443-569-0756
Fax: 410-571-2798
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2014
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (60%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

Corinne Donohue Adams’s practice primarily focuses on bankruptcy and litigation. She represents corporate and consumer debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, trustees and equity security holders in all aspects of cases under Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Her practice involves drafting the full range of pleadings to navigate her clients through the bankruptcy process, including litigating on behalf of her clients, negotiating settlements, appearing and arguing in court, and conducting and defending depositions and other discovery matters. Mrs. Adams also handles each of these aspects on behalf of assignees in assignment for the benefit of creditors matters.

Additionally, Mrs. Adams represents clients in the transactional side of her practice.  She assists clients in closing on multimillion-dollar loans, forming entities, and drafting organizational documents for entities. Mrs. Adams also volunteers to handle matters on a pro bono basis.  

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. Mrs. Adams lives in Maryland.

About Corinne Adams

Admitted: 2014, Maryland

Professional Webpage:


  • 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
  • Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Reorganization under Chapter 11 and Drafting: Contracts
  • Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list: Selected for inclusion in the area of Bankruptcy: Business, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Bar Admissions: U.S. District Court District of Maryland; Maryland; U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; District of Columbia; New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and Supreme Court of the United States of America. Professional Organizations: Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Executive Committee Reporter / CLE Chair (2015 - 2016), Executive Committee Program Chair (2016 - 2018), Executive Committee Secretary/Treasurer (2018 - 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 (Present); International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation – DC Network, Communications Committee Co-Chair (2016), Programming Committee Co-Chair (2017), Secretary (2018 - Present); Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland; American Bankruptcy Institute; Maryland State Bar Association; and Anne Arundel Bar Association.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Represents Chapter 7 clients through MVLS., 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Panelist, “So you want to be the Liquidating Trustee or Distribution Agent?”, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C., 2018
  • 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, 2018
  • Corinne Donohue Adams has served in the following roles: Panelist, "Consumer and UST Issues: Bankruptcy Billing, Bundling and the Upright Decision", American Bankruptcy Institute; 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; and Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and St. John’s University School of Law’s Duberstein Competition, St. John’s University School of Law., ,
  • Frenville Overruled; Claims Arise Upon Exposure in the Third Circuit, ABI Business Reorganization Listserv , Author
  • Panelist, "What's Hot with Executory Contracts?", Bankruptcy Bar Association Spring Break Weekend, 2019
  • Frenville Overruled; Claims Arise Upon Exposure in the Third Circuit, ABI Bankruptcy Case Blog, (Dec. 1, 2010), Author
  • Stopped Payments as Avoidable Unauthorized Post-Petition Transfers, News at 11, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Author, 2018


  • 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., 2016
  • In re: Enrizon Worldwide, Inc. – Represented Chapter 11 entity debtor in approval of disclosure statement and confirmation of plan of liquidation., 2018
  • Settled potential objection to plan by successfully negotiating for language in the confirmation order that waived the stay period post-order allowing the parties to proceed to closing on the sale pursuant to the plan more quickly., 2017
  • In re: FPMI Solutions, Inc. – 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., 2017
  • Represented casino in non-dischargeability action against debtor. Continued representation through appeal., 2014
  • On behalf of bankruptcy trustee, negotiated and drafted settlement regarding assignment of all rights, title to, and interest in membership interest in debtor's limited liability company, assignment of debtor's claim, and waiver of objections to claims against limited liability company in exchange for $12,000 paid to the bankruptcy estate, and release of a guaranty., 2017
  • Local and co-counsel to debtor in bank holding company’s Maryland Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. The case featured the successful auction sale of the debtor's operating subsidiary and a confirmed plan of liquidation., 2014
  • Debtor’s Counsel for 10 restaurant entities in Washington, D.C. Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy cases., 2014
  • On behalf of bankruptcy trustee/equity security holder debtor in bankruptcy case of debtor's bankrupt limited liability company, negotiated and documented 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., 2017
  • Settled two objections to disclosure statement and two objections to plan in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case for two creditors of a bankrupt condominium association by arguing that creditors of the debtor should be paid at a higher priority under the United States Bankruptcy Code than creditors of the individual unit owners of the debtor. Successfully negotiated payment for secured creditor and unsecured creditor of $220,000 and $124,500, respectively, to be paid at the closing on the sale of the debtor's real property for $17,050,000., 2018


  • Formed limited liability company and drafted operating agreement., 2017
  • Represented purchaser of real property in bankruptcy sale. Negotiated with debtor's counsel and advised on bankruptcy aspects of sale.  Drafted closing documents and assisted with closing on $7,200,000 sale., 2017
  • Represented borrower in negotiating loan documents, and closing on $5,000,000 loan for real estate development. , 2018
  • Represented seller in negotiating and drafting closing documents for sale of real property for $2,000,000., 2018
  • Drafted lease agreement., 2018
  • Counsel for small business undergoing re-domestication of principal office from Virginia to Maryland., 2018

Representative Clients:

  • In re: Flat Out Crazy LLC- Secured creditor’s counsel in the bankruptcy cases of two restaurant chains in the Southern District of New York., 2013
  • Represented debtor in individual Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and handled all aspects of his case and related litigations., 2018
  • In re: Steven F. Madeoy - Represent Chapter 7 trustee, Roger Schlossberg, for over 5 years in Chapter 7 case by handling all aspects of case, including litigating multiple adversary proceedings and liquidating entities, real properties, and other assets of the estate., 2018
  • In re: Whiskey One Eight, LLC: From 2015-2018, represent Debtor through bankruptcy case and sale of +/-50 acres of land for $10,300,000. Bankruptcy work included representation through debtor-in-possession financing, reorganization, and sale processes. Worked on all litigations against numerous entity and individual defendants., 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Awarded International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s Rising Star Semi-Finalist Award., 2018


  • Served as the newsletter co-editor for the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation's Greater Maryland chapter newsletter.  Drafted and edited quarterly newsletters from 2014 - 2016. Reviewed and edited quarterly newsletters from 2016 - 2018 as communications committee co-chair. Continue to submit news to newsletters., IWIRC Greater Maryland Newsletter, Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Restructuring

Educational Background:

  • Completed undergraduate studies at: Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, B.A. summa cum laude. Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (national honor society); Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society); and Marquis Scholar. Major: Government and Law, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Office Location for Corinne Donohue Adams

185 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Suite 130
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Last Updated: 5/16/2019

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