Jeremiah J. Vandermark

Jeremiah concentrates his practice in the fields of bankruptcy and commercial law and represents a variety of businesses, including financial institutions, corporations, and municipalities.  His experience includes litigation, corporate restructuring, and commercial transactions.

Areas of Practice:  Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights, Business and Corporate, and Litigation

Jeremiah’s recent representations include:

  • Representation of financial institutions in asset recovery workouts;
  • Litigation of bankruptcy matters on behalf of financial institutions, including relief from stay, seeking dismissal of bad faith bankruptcy filings, defending against objections to mortgage payment increases, contests to proofs of claims, etc.; and
  • Advising and litigating on behalf of municipal housing authority regarding bankruptcy matters.

Jeremiah also recently provided significant assistance in the representation of the following complex matters:

  • Representation of a law firm reorganizing under the protections of Chapter 11;
  • Representation of a Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession in an adversary proceeding seeking remand and relief of stay to allow the continuation of a state court malpractice action;
  • Litigating on behalf of a Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession in an adversary proceeding seeking to extend the automatic stay to non-debtor parties;
  • Representation of a business in defense of complaint alleging formation of partnership and seeking ownership interest in the business;
  • Representation of manufacturer in breach of contract action brought by general contractor alleging manufacturer’s breach in the development of a state of the art laser water purifying system for a municipality; and
  • Structuring corporate transactions for favorable tax consequences.

Prior to joining Tucker Arensberg, Jeremiah was an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, where he represented the City in complex bankruptcy, tax, and real property litigation.   While with the City, Jeremiah litigated the following notable cases:

  • City of Philadelphia v. Walker, 2015 WL 7428502 (E.D.Pa. 2015).

A bankruptcy matter where the debtor sought attorney’s fees for the City’s violation of the automatic stay.   Although the Court found the City’s acts constituted a willful violation, the City argued that attorney’s fees could not be awarded where its acts did not cause injury to the debtor.  On appeal, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overruled the Bankruptcy Court and found in favor of the City.  The decision is a persuasive deterrent to debtors filing unmeritorious actions.

  • Dockside Associates/Pier 30, L.P. v. City of Philadelphia, No. 2258 C.D. 14 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2016).

A state court appeal by condominium developers challenging the City’s assessment of market value.  After three years of litigation, Jeremiah argued the matter before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.  The windfall decision rendered by the Court resulted in excess of $3,000,000 of revenue for the City and School District of Philadelphia.

Jurisdictions:  Jeremiah is admitted in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.  In addition, he is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania.

Education and Background:  Jeremiah earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Pittsburgh Tax Review.  He also received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Awards and Honors:  Jeremiah was the recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence (2013).  Additionally, Jeremiah is a veteran of the United States Navy and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal for his service in Kunar, Afghanistan (2009).

Memberships and Activities:  Jeremiah is a member of the Judith K. Fitzgerald Western Pennsylvania Bankruptcy American Inn of Court; Allegheny County Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section; the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Business Section; the American Bar Association, Business Section; and the American Bankruptcy Institute.