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Bruce H. Levitt

About me

     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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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 50%
    28 years, 600 cases
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 30%
    33 years, 22 thousand cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    33 years, 3.1 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Margaret Lambe Jurow

    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.


    Margaret Jurow Foreclosure Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Levitt & Slafkes, PC

515 Valley Street, Suite 140
Maplewood, NJ, 07040


GATerminated - Nonpayment of Dues198211/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Service Above Self AwardRotary Club of South Orange New Jersey2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLevitt & Slafkes, PC.1995 - Present
Of Counsel and Chair of NJ Bankruptcy and Restructuring GroupMudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon1991 - 1995
Adjunct Professor-Paralegal Studies DepartmentFairleigh Dickinson University1991 - 1993
Senior AssociateGreenberg Margolis1990 - 1991
Panel Bankruptcy TrusteeOffice of the United States Trustee1985 - 1997
Senior AssociateDeMaria Ellis and Hunt1985 - 1990
Staff AttorneyUs Court Of Appeals For The Eleventh Circuit1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2005 - Present
Supreme Court of NJ, District V-B Fee Arbitration CommitteeN/A2002 - 2005
Bankruptcy American Inn of CourtMaster1999 - 2004
Lawyers Advisory Committee, US Bankruptcy Court for the District of New JerseyN/A1997 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Publication nameTitleDate
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE New Jersey)Homeowner's Association Fees and Bankruptcy2013
New Jersey Bar Association publicationThe Conflict Between the Bankruptcy Court and the Matrimonial Court: Real or ImaginedN/A
New Jersey Law JournalHow Bankruptcy Affects Matrimonial Obligations and ProceedingsN/A
New Jersey Law Journal"Stripping Down" Liens to Save Debtors' HomesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
O. Max Gardner III Bankruptcy Boot CampBankruptcy LitigationCertificate of Completion2008
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Taking The Mystery Out of Mortgage ModificationsLoan Modification Boot Camp2015
Bankruptcy Basics 2014Bankruptcy Basics2014
16th Annual Hon. William H. Gindin Bench Bar ConferenceConsumer Bankruptcy Issues2014
New Jersey ICLE SeminarHelping Clients Facing Mortgage Foreclosure2013
Advanced Issues in Consumer BankruptcyHome Owners Association Fees and Bankruptcy2013
15th Annual Honorable William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench-Bar ConferenceHomeowner's Association Fees and Bankruptcy2013
Live CLE SeminarBankruptcy 101: Critical Issues and the Chapter 13 Plan2012
Continuing Legal EducationLien Stripping Junior Mortgages2011
Training Seminar for Pro Bono AttorneysForeclosure Defense2010
Consumer Bankruptcy-Beyond the BasicsBankruptcy-Watch Your Mortgage2008