James Vandermark provides strategic guidance and cutting-edge solutions to clients facing financial challenges. He advises on the full spectrum of restructuring solutions, including complex business transactions, contract negotiations, financial restructurings, out-of-court workouts, commercial foreclosures and Chapter 11 reorganizations.
For each matter, James develops a strategy based on a clear understanding of his client’s needs. His goals are to preserve the business or business relationship, to minimize disruption, and to move quickly toward a workable solution. This often includes working closely with equity holders, investors, lenders, landlords, management, labor and other interested parties in varied industries such as health and fitness, tech, digital advertising, retail and real estate.
Prior to joining White and Williams, James was a Deputy City Solicitor in the Corporate and Tax Group of the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department.
Recognition and Involvement
Recognition & Involvement
James writes and speaks frequently about tax and financial issues as well as bankruptcy matters. This recently included moderating panel discussions for Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Bankruptcy in a Pandemic: What You Need to Know. He also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and is an active member of the LGBTQ Bar Associations of Greater New York and Philadelphia. He is a past president of the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association.
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
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 Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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 Texas
Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD, 2009; LLM in Taxation, 2010
Gannon University, BS, 2005
University of Pittsburgh, BA & BS, 2003
News & Insights
- 4.1.22 | Convene Cityview (Philadelphia, PA)
- Is Your Insured in a Financial Crisis? Not Sure What to Do Next? Part II: Assignments for Benefit of Creditors (ABCs)12.7.21 | Webinar
- 10.30.20 | Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Webcast)
- 6.24.20 | Webinar
- 5.6.20 | Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Alert
- 4.24.20 | Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Alert
- 1.24.20 | EDPABC 31st Annual Forum (Philadelphia, PA)
- 9.25.19 | PBI Bankruptcy Institute
- 9.16.19 | Finance Alert
- Philadelphia Taxpayers Win Challenge to City’s Discriminatory Tax Assessments of Commercial Properties7.18.19 | Real Estate Alert
- 2.5.19 | Real Estate Alert
- 1.25.19 | EDPABC 30th Annual Forum (Atlantic City, NJ)
- 10.24.18 | PBI Annual Bankruptcy Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
- 10.12.18 | Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar & Annual Conference (Atlantic City, NJ)
- 1.18.18 | Convene at the Cira Center (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1.18.18 | Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
- Possible Real Estate and Use and Occupancy Tax Relief for Philadelphia Commercial and Industrial Property Owners9.5.17 | Tax and Estates Alert
- 8.15.17 | Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Alert
- 6.26.17 | Tax Alert
- Spring 2017
- 12.27.16 | Real Estate Alert
- 11.30.16 | Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Alert
- The Chapter 13 is Ending – Now What?10.20.16 | PBI Annual Bankruptcy Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
- 9.30.16 | Tax and Real Estate Alert
- The Chapter 13 is Ending – Now What?9.8.16 | PBI Annual Bankruptcy Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
Independence Business Alliance
New York LGBTQ Bar Association
New York Turnaround Management Association
Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association
Philadelphia State and Local Tax Committee
- Obtained bankruptcy court approval for a $3.1 million sale of a UWS apartment building, partially rent stabilized, in a contentious single asset real estate bankruptcy case; In re 60 91st Street Corp.
- Represented client negotiating multimillion dollar contracts for digital advertising and cloud services with chapter 11 debtors; In re LATAM Airlines Group S.A., et al.
- Negotiated an $8.2 million property assessment reduction resulting in over $450,000 in real estate tax savings; Glasgow Inc. v. City of Philadelphia
- Represented an international construction equipment company against preference and fraudulent transfer claims utilizing mechanic’s liens and warranties as additional defenses to the avoidance claims; In re Magnetation LLC, et al.
- Successfully enforced client’s mechanic’s lien rights and recovered over $1M of assets from failed nuclear projects in Georgia and South Carolina; negotiated amendments to several commercial purchase order and equipment agreements as well as recovered prepetition and administrative expense claims on behalf of large commercial mining and construction companies in excess of $500K; In re Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, et al.
- 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 $70M; Dockside Associates/Pier 30, LP v. City of Philadelphia
- 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
- 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
- Handled preference actions, claims objections, and adversary proceedings for secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases for various companies