Bruce H. Levitt
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 of Kemp 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 currently serve on the Board of the South Mountain YMCA and the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County which provides shelter to homeless families throughout Essex County, New Jersey.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Foreclosure Defense
- New Jersey, 1984
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- Federal District Court of New Jersey
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia - 1982
- Farleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey
- B.A. magna cum laude - 1979
- Major: Political Science
- Minor: Economics
- Lecturer, Bankruptcy Topics, New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section
- Lecturer, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
- Lecturer, Legal Services of New Jersey
- Lecturer, Essex County Bar Association
- Panelist, New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Bench Bar Conference
Honors and Awards
- Former Mentor in the Honorable Daniel J. Moore Bankruptcy Inn of Court Program
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member
- Board of Directors of the South Mountain YMCA
- Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County
- Essex County Bar Association
- Former Member, Lawyer's Advisory Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Former Master Bankruptcy Inn of Court
- Fee Arbitration Committee
- Former Member District V-B Max Gardner Bankruptcy Boot Camp
- American Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
- Staff Attorney to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1982 - 1984
- Newark Law Firm of Demaria, Ellis and Hunt, 1984 - 1991
- Greenberg Margolis in Roseland, 1991 - 1993
- Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander and Ferdon, Chaired their New Jersey Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group, 1993 - 1995
- Serve as an expert witness in bankruptcy related matters