F. Bruce Sleeper


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10 Free Street
P.O. Box 4510
Portland, ME 04112-4510
Phone: (207) 775-7271
Toll Free: 800-756-1166
Fax: (207) 775-7935

Area(s) of Practice:

Business Services

F. Bruce Sleeper

Bruce works primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial and consumer law, and banking law.  He regularly represents clients in these areas in both state and federal courts in Maine, as well as the Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire, and has also made cameo appearances in Bankruptcy Courts in Delaware, Rhode Island and Texas.

Bruce has been a speaker and panelist in numerous programs presented by the Maine State Bar Association and others.  He is a former chair of the Commercial and Consumer Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association.  He has been a member of the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit for the Maine Office of Consumer Credit Regulation and was on a panel which rewrote Maine's collection laws in 1987.  He served on two task forces that in 1999 reviewed and revised Maine's newest version of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and also was involved in the adoption of Article 2A of that Code in Maine.  In 2009, he co-wrote legislation which updated Maine's statutes dealing with court actions for repossession of collateral.

Bruce served as a member of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority from 1995 until 2000, having been appointed to that position by Maine’s Governor King.  Bruce is a Portland-area native, attended Cape Elizabeth schools, has three grown children, and now lives with his wife in Portland.


University of Chicago, B.A., 1978
University of Michigan, J.D., with honors, 1981

Admitted to Practice

State of Maine
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Maine


Maine State Bar Association
American Bar Association


Bruce has authored or co-authored:

Bankruptcy and Municipal Tax Liens in Maine, Certain Topics, (Maine Municipal Association 2010)
Foreclosure and Repossession in Maine (Lorman Business Center 1989, 2007-2010)
Bankruptcy Law and Procedure From Start to Finish (National Business Institute 2006)
Consumer Bankruptcy Reform 2005; Making Lemonade (Maine State Bar Association 2005)
Practical Consumer Bankruptcy for Attorneys and Legal Staff (Maine State Bar Association 2004)
Creditors' Rights and Protection of Security Interests in Bankruptcy (Sterling Education Services 2002)
Recent UCC Developments:  What Maine Practitioners Need to Know (National Business Institute 2002)
Recent UCC Developments:  What Ohio Practitioners Need to Know (National Business Institute 2002)
Consumer Rights/Creditor Remedies (Maine State Bar Association 1995)
The Legal Issues of Problem Collections in Maine (National Business Institute 1991)
Distressed Real Estate In and Outside of Bankruptcy (Lorman Education Services 1990)

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