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Shelley B. Slafkes
  • Partner






During my 30 year career I have practiced law in both the private and non-profit sectors. My practice is concentrated in the areas of consumer rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. In 1995, my husband Bruce Levitt and I decided to found our own firm, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C. so that we could focus our practice on small businesses and on individuals from all walks of life in both bankruptcy related and litigation matters.

My core belief is that you succeed by treating others with fairness and respect. When you sit down with me to discuss your difficult financial situation, I will treat you as a real person, with real concerns and not just another case number.

Here’s some of my background. I received my undergraduate degree with honors, in psychology from Brooklyn College and my law degree with honors from Emory University Law School. In 2008 I earned my Masters of Social Work with honors from Rutgers University and am a licensed social worker. I believe that my social work training and experience allows me to bring a unique perspective to the practice of bankruptcy and foreclosure law.

I have had articles published in the New Jersey Law Journal and have participated in the Bankruptcy Inn of Court and Max Gardner's Consumer Defense Academy

I have a long standing commitment to volunteerism and the importance of contributing to my community. I served three terms as an elected member of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. I have also mentored youth and served on numerous nonprofit boards including Family Promise of Morris County, Family Connections, South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race and the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund. Additionally, in 2005 I had the honor of serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, Children’s Advisory Subcommittee.

Areas Of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1984
  • Federal District Court of New Jersey, 1984


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Rutgers University School of Social Work
    • Masters in Social Work - 2008
  • Brooklyn College
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Professional Associations

  • Essex County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Bankruptcy
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Foreclosure
  • NACBA National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Essex Countys Top Lawyers 2018