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Tom Yoder focuses his practice on commercial insolvency matters, specializing in business bankruptcies and commercial workouts. Having over 38 years of experience, he has represented every bankruptcy constituency, including secured creditors, trade creditors, Creditor’s Committees, Trustees, lessees/lessors, bond holders, equity interests, selected debtors, asset purchasers and venture capital entities. He has participated and appeared in bankruptcy cases throughout the Eastern United States, specifically the Southern Districts of New York and Delaware, and has experience in all aspects of the bankruptcy process, including estate administration, bankruptcy financing, asset sales, litigation (particularly defending preference and fraudulent conveyance adversary proceedings), discharge issues, confirmation, post-confirmation matters, and bankruptcy appeals.
Tom also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, commercial alternative dispute resolution, and state court receiverships.
Tom has been recognized for professional achievement on numerous occasions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a Past-President of the Indiana State Bar Association and has held numerous leadership positions within the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (President), the Indiana Bar Foundation (Fellow/Board of Directors), the Allen County Bar Association (Board of Directors), and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. He has been awarded Sagamore of the Wabash distinction, Indiana’s highest citizen honor.
Tom is an avid cyclist and runner, having completed 18 marathons (including six Boston Marathons). He also has been an indoor cycling YMCA instructor for almost 20 years.
Tom is a frequent speaker at local, state, regional and national legal education seminars, having given over 150 presentations to lawyers and business personnel (including over 100 alone for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum). He has published two (2) books on commercial bankruptcy as a co-author, winning the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Publication of the Year award for 1997.
Tom has received numerous professional honors, including being an “AV® PreeminentTM”* rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, based on peer review ratings. He has also been selected for the past 20 editions of the Best Lawyers in America®, every Indiana edition of the Indiana Super Lawyers®, Fort Wayne Best Lawyers, including “Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Lawyer of the Year,” and the Super Lawyers in America®.
Tom earned his B.A., cum laude, in 1974 from Hanover College, and his J.D. in 1977 from Indiana University Mauer School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Indiana state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
*AV® Preeminent ™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. The AV rating is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.