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Yoder, James S.
824 North Market Street, Suite 902 P.O. Box 709 Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302-467-4524
Fax: 302-467-4554


Current Employment Position(s)

PartnerBusiness Department

Lawyer Overview

Mr. Yoder is a partner in the Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group of the Business Department.  Generally, Mr. Yoder represents business creditors in a broad range of matters including, claim disputes, executory contract issues, lift stay motions and preferential transfer avoidance actions.  Mr. Yoder represents insurers in asbestos, mass tort bankruptcy cases and in other bankruptcy matters affecting insurers.  Furthermore, he represents utility companies, typically with regard to pre-petition claims and post-petition adequate protection matters.

Mr. Yoder has acted as counsel for creditors and other interested parties in many large bankruptcy cases including: Abitibibowater, ABFS, Accuride, AC&S, Adva-Lite, AEC Holding Co., AM Communications, American Buildings Co., AmeriKing, APS Holdings, APW Enclosure, Bake-Line Group, Blake of Chicago, Bombay Company, BRAC Group, Breuners Home Furnishings, Broadband Office, BVL Holdings, Cable & Wireless, Cadence, CFM US, Chi-Chi's, Chrysler, Combustion Engineering, Communications Dynamics, Constar, Custom Food Products, Datatec, DESA Holdings, Discovery Zone, Dura Automotive, Drug Fair, EXDS Communications, Exide, Factory-2-U, Federal Mogul, Fleming, General Motors, GenTek, Glass Group, Goody's Family Clothing, Hayes Lemmerz, Hechinger, Innovative Communications Corp., Integrated Health Services, Intermet, IT Group, KB Toys, Linens Holdings, Matlack Systems, MDIP, Meridian Automotive Systems, Monaco Coach, MR Wind Down, MUMA, Nationsrent, NTK Holdings, Oakwood Homes, Oakwood Living, Old Ladder, OPUS East, Pillowtex, Pope & Talbot, PPH Liquidation, Quigley, Radnor Holdings, Rhodes, Ritz Camera, SH Liquidation, Sitnal, Special Devices Inc., Sun Outdoor Holdings, Stone & Webster, Three A's Holdings, Tokheim, TW Inc., TWTR, Universal Auto, Verasun, Visteon, Western MacArthur, Wickes Furniture, WR Grace and Zenith.  Also, Mr. Yoder has varied experience in non-bankruptcy litigation relating to commercial law, construction law, insurance coverage, professional liability, products liability, and transportation law, primarily in state and federal courts in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining White and Williams LLP, Mr. Yoder was the Managing Director of the law firm of Tighe, Cottrell & Logan, P.A. in Wilmington, DE.  He also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable George Farrell, III, Superior Court of New Jersey, Salem County.

Mr. Yoder received his B.A., from the University of Delaware in 1983 and his J.D. in 1986 from the Widener University School of Law.  He is licensed to practice in the states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Mr. Yoder is admitted to appear before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Federal District Courts for the Districts of Delaware, New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Yoder is a Mediator trained under the auspices of the Superior Court of Delaware and on the panel of approved Mediators/Arbitrators for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Mr. Yoder has published for and lectured at continuing legal education seminars on preferential transfer avoidance actions as well as on other bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy topics.  He has authored a chapter on executory contracts and unexpired leases for "Inside the Minds:" Understanding the Legal Issues Behind Executory Contracts in Bankruptcy, Aspatore Books, 2006.  He is a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware Paralegal Certification Program. 

Mr. Yoder has been AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.   Mr. Yoder is also a former member of the Board of Trustees for Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, DE.    

80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Construction Law, Contracts, Insurance Law, Personal Injury -- Defense, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice Law, Professional Responsibility


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • Delaware, 1987
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • Maryland, 1997


  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, May, 1986
  • University of Delaware, May, 1983