During my nearly thirty year legal career, I have concentrated my practice in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, foreclosure defense, and bankruptcy and commercial litigation. I developed my expertise representing debtors, creditors and bankruptcy trustees while working in several major law firms. In 1995 I decided to pursue my passion of helping individuals and small businesses address their financial problems by opening the law firm of Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., in South Orange, New Jersey.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey in 1984, I was previously a Bankruptcy Trustee for the Office of the Unites States Trustee in Newark, New Jersey, where I administered Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. I am a former member of the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey as well as the District V-B Fee Arbitration Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A former Master of the Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, I have had articles published in the New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Newsletter and the New Jersey Law Journal.
A lifelong New Jersey resident, I received my undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. I received my law degree from Emory Law School, where I was elected to the Board of Editors of the Emory Law Journal.
I have lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) on various bankruptcy related topics, served on several panels at the annual New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Bench- Bar Conference and have given numerous seminars to lawyers, real estate professionals and homeowners on foreclosure related topics.
As an experienced litigator, among my proudest accomplishments was my successful representation of the prevailing Plaintiff in the recent bankruptcy case ofKemp v. Countrywide Home Loans. This case gained national prominence in the ongoing battle to require mortgage lenders to follow the law before they can foreclosure and take away a person’s home.
I believe in the importance of volunteerism and have devoted many years of service to non profit organizations. I served for many years on the Board of the South Mountain YMCA and currently serve on the Board of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County which provides shelter to homeless families throughout Essex County, New Jersey.
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I've known Bruce for a long time. He is bright, diligent, no nonsense lawyer. Bruce and his partner Shelly Slafkes are dedicated consumer advocates. Bruce has been a leader in foreclosure defense issues and bankruptcy litigation in New Jersey and nationally. I endorse him without any hesitation.
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|GA||Terminated - Nonpayment of Dues||1982||11/07/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Service Above Self Award||Rotary Club of South Orange New Jersey||2012|
|Managing Partner||Levitt & Slafkes, PC.||1995 - Present|
|Of Counsel and Chair of NJ Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group||Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon||1991 - 1995|
|Adjunct Professor-Paralegal Studies Department||Fairleigh Dickinson University||1991 - 1993|
|Senior Associate||Greenberg Margolis||1990 - 1991|
|Panel Bankruptcy Trustee||Office of the United States Trustee||1985 - 1997|
|Senior Associate||DeMaria Ellis and Hunt||1985 - 1990|
|Staff Attorney||Us Court Of Appeals For The Eleventh Circuit||1982 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2005 - Present|
|Supreme Court of NJ, District V-B Fee Arbitration Committee||N/A||2002 - 2005|
|Bankruptcy American Inn of Court||Master||1999 - 2004|
|Lawyers Advisory Committee, US Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey||N/A||1997 - 2003|
|Kemp v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. 440 B.R.624 (D.N.J. 2010)||Ruling in favor of Mr. Levitt's client.|
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|Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE New Jersey)||Homeowner's Association Fees and Bankruptcy||2013|
|New Jersey Bar Association publication||The Conflict Between the Bankruptcy Court and the Matrimonial Court: Real or Imagined||N/A|
|New Jersey Law Journal||How Bankruptcy Affects Matrimonial Obligations and Proceedings||N/A|
|New Jersey Law Journal||"Stripping Down" Liens to Save Debtors' Homes||N/A|
|O. Max Gardner III Bankruptcy Boot Camp||Bankruptcy Litigation||Certificate of Completion||2008|
|Emory University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Taking The Mystery Out of Mortgage Modifications||Loan Modification Boot Camp||2015|
|Bankruptcy Basics 2014||Bankruptcy Basics||2014|
|16th Annual Hon. William H. Gindin Bench Bar Conference||Consumer Bankruptcy Issues||2014|
|New Jersey ICLE Seminar||Helping Clients Facing Mortgage Foreclosure||2013|
|Advanced Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy||Home Owners Association Fees and Bankruptcy||2013|
|15th Annual Honorable William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference||Homeowner's Association Fees and Bankruptcy||2013|
|Live CLE Seminar||Bankruptcy 101: Critical Issues and the Chapter 13 Plan||2012|
|Continuing Legal Education||Lien Stripping Junior Mortgages||2011|
|Training Seminar for Pro Bono Attorneys||Foreclosure Defense||2010|
|Consumer Bankruptcy-Beyond the Basics||Bankruptcy-Watch Your Mortgage||2008|