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James C. Vandermark Associate

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6857
vandermarkj@whiteandwilliams.com
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James concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, tax, and commercial law. He represents a variety of businesses, including financial institutions, corporations, insurance companies and government entities. His experience includes advising creditors and debtors in commercial and consumer bankruptcy cases as well as complex state and local tax matters. James also represents clients involved in bankruptcy restructuring efforts and adversarial proceedings, disputes involving business tax and real estate tax assessments, and other sophisticated commercial litigation matters. 

Prior to joining White and Williams, James was a Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. In that role, he handled litigation involving creditor’s rights, tax disputes and other civil matters for local government agencies. He has extensive experience representing clients before administrative boards, trial courts and has handled appeals before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court and The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

James works closely with clients to fully understand their needs and to formulate practical and efficient strategies for managing risks, resolving disputes, and reaching their goals. He is also actively involved in several industry associations, including the Philadelphia State and Local Tax Committee and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, for which he served on the Local Rules Committee.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the City of Philadelphia in a state court trial and appeal involving the fair market value of a condominium development for real estate tax purposes. After three years of litigation, the City received favorable decisions before both the Court of Common Pleas and the Commonwealth Court, which resulted in an adjustment to the real estate assessment in excess of $70 million. Dockside Associates/Pier 30, L.P. v. City of Philadelphia, No. 2258 C.D. 14 (Pa. Cmwlth 2016)
  • Defended the City of Philadelphia in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding brought by a debtor seeking damages, including attorney fees, for an alleged violation of the automatic say. Although, the Bankruptcy Court found the City’s acts constituted a willful violation, the City argued that attorney’s fees could not be awarded as the debtor failed to establish the City’s acts caused an injury. On appeal, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overruled the Bankruptcy Court and found in favor of the City. City of Philadelphia, Civil Action No. 15-01685 (E.D. Pa. 2015)
  • Represented the First Judicial District (“FJD”) against allegations brought by a debtor that the FJD efforts to collect prepetition court costs violated the discharge order entered in the debtor’s bankruptcy case. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a matter of first impression, agreed with the FJD’s position and found court costs excepted from discharge and thus, attempts to collect prepetition criminal court costs do not violate a discharge order. In re Lopez, No. 13-3620 (3d Cir. 2014)
  • Handled preference actions, claims objections, and adversary proceedings for secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including: Hostess Brands Inc. (S.D. NY), American Airlines (S.D. NY), and Circuit City (E.D. Va.)

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Bar and Court Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

Temple University, JD, 2009, LLM in Taxation, 2010

Gannon University, BS, 2005

University of Pittsburgh, BA & BS, 2003

Memberships

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference; Local Rules Committee

Philadelphia State and Local Tax Committee

Lawyers Club of Philadelphia

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