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          During my 30 year legal career I have been practicing exclusively in the areas of consumer and small business bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, commercial litigation and loan modifications.  During this time I have helped thousands with debt problems eliminate debt and save their homes.  I also litigate in both State and Federal court.

      I practice law with my wife, Shelley Slafkes.  We are a great team. Even though we have been practicing for many years we never stop learning.  We treat every client with compassion and with respect.  As a small law firm we pride ourselves on providing high level service to every client we represent knowing that every situation is unique and important.  We promise to work hard and   fight for you as if we were fighting for our own home and our own family.

     Admitted to practice in New Jersey in 1984, I was previously a Bankruptcy Trustee for the Office of the United States Trustee in Newark, New Jersey where I administered Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases.  I have lectured and given seminars to lawyers, individuals and homeowners on bankruptcy, loan modifications  and foreclosure related topics.

    As an experienced litigator, among my proudest accomplishments was my successful representation of the prevailing Plaintiff in the case of Kemp v. Countrywide Loans.  This case gained national prominence in the ongoing battle to require mortgage lenders to follow the law before they can foreclose 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 of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County which provides shelter to homeless families throughout Essex County, New Jersey.

      Contact me to discuss your situation and how we can help you save your home and get the fresh start you deserve.


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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 45%
    29 years, 600 cases
  2. Bankruptcy: 30%
    34 years, 8 thousand cases
  3. Litigation: 25%
    34 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 Wrongful death Attorney
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  • 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
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Contact info

Levitt & Slafkes, PC

515 Valley Street, Suite 140
Maplewood, NJ, 07040


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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
2016 William H. Gindin 18th Annual Bench Bar ConferenceHome Owner's Association Fees and Bankruptcy2016
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