James S. Yoder Partner

Wilmington, DE | Direct 302.467.4524 | Fax 302.467.4554
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Jim Yoder focuses his practice on complex bankruptcy, commercial and insurance litigation. His extensive litigation experience includes but, is not limited to, cases involving insurance coverage, insured third party liability claims, as well as professional liability claims against directors/officers, attorneys, accountants and insurance brokers/agents.  Jim also handles commercial/investment fraud cases, contract disputes, replevin actions, construction contract/defect cases, misappropriation of trade secrets, and partnership/shareholder disputes. 

Jim represents secured/unsecured creditors and interested parties in a broad range of bankruptcy matters including, debtor reorganization/liquidation, creditor claim disputes, executory contract issues, lift stay motions, D&O claims, plan objections, adequate assurance disputes, administrative claims and prosecution/defense of avoidance actions.   In bankruptcy court Jim represents distressed business entities, utility companies, municipal governmental entities, community development districts, school districts, corporate directors and officers, large and mid-size domestic and multinational corporations, insurance brokerage companies, commercial landlords and tenants, equipment lessors, institutional and other lenders, construction companies, aviation companies and trade creditors of virtually every kind.  He also represents insurers in asbestos mass tort bankruptcy cases and in other bankruptcy matters affecting insurance companies. 

Jim practices primarily in the state and federal courts of Delaware and Maryland.  He is also licensed and actively practices in the state and federal courts of, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Jim 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.

Prior to joining White and Williams, Jim 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. Jim is also a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware Paralegal Certification Program.

Representative Matters

  • Defended uninsured motorist insurer in coverage action relating to wrongful death claim
  • Resolved a multimillion dollar bankruptcy claim dispute on behalf of a utility company
  • Obtained relief for corporation harmed by misuse of trade secrets
  • Defended attorney malpractice claim relating to alleged dissipation of testamentary estate’s assets
  • Defended attorney malpractice claim relating to alleged wasting of bankruptcy estate assets by malfeasance of counsel for Trustee
  • Prevailed in an administrative expense bankruptcy claim against debtor airline company on behalf of refurbished aircraft component supplier
  • Defended a raceway facility from a premises liability claim by a motorsport race participant
  • Defended a steel fabrication/erection contractor in a complex construction claim
  • Defended a motor vehicle insurance coverage claim arising from the unauthorized use of an employer provided rental car
  • Defended a property condition assessment company from a professional responsibility claim by an anchor tenant of a strip mall shopping center
  • Defended a surety broker in a professional responsibility claim by a construction contractor
  • Provided insurance coverage opinions to insurers arising from construction defect claims against residential community/condominium developers
  • Defended an insurance coverage claim by an automobile dealer for catastrophic water damage sustained during a roof renovation project
  • Prevailed in an bankruptcy asset sale objection on behalf of a Florida Community Development District
  • Commenced a motion to enforce an bankruptcy asset sale agreement on behalf of Community Development District as a third party beneficiary
  • Defended a mortgage brokerage company against a secondary lender’s claim for breach of a loan purchase and sale agreement
  • Resolved a multimillion dollar bankruptcy claim dispute on behalf of a Florida Community Development District
  • Resolved bankruptcy adequate protection objections by multiple Utility Companies in several cases
  • Defended executives of debtor entities against D&O claims in bankruptcy adversary proceedings related to multiple bankruptcy cases
  • Represented the interest of an executive of a debtor company in an involuntary bankruptcy case
  • Defended a mortgage brokerage company against a bankruptcy trustee’s claim for breach of a Loan Purchase and Sale Agreement.
  • Prevailed in several commercial landlord adequate protection/administrative bankruptcy claims
  • Prevailed in a lift stay/administrative expense bankruptcy claim on behalf of a equipment lessor and in a subsequent related replevin action in state court

Recognition & Involvement

Jim is AV® rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.  

Jim is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, DE. 



Bar and Court Admissions



New Jersey


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania



Widener University School of Law, JD, 1986

University of Delaware, BA, 1983 


American Bankruptcy Association

American Bar Association

Delaware State Bar Association