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
New Jersey, 1984
Federal District Court of New Jersey
U.S. Bankruptcy Court New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia - 1982
Farleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey
B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1979
Major: Political Science
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, El
Emory University School of Law 1982
Fairleigh Dickinson University 1979
O. Max Gardner III Bankruptcy Boot Camp 2008
Professional Associations & Memberships
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Supreme Court of NJ, District V-B Fee Arbitration Committee
Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
Lawyers Advisory Committee, US Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey
Honors and Awards
Service Above Self Award 2012
Rotary Club of South Orange New Jersey