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Fred W. Bopp III


Fred Bopp is the immediate past Chair of the Firm’s Bankruptcy/Creditor and Debtor Rights Practice Group.  He is also a longstanding former member of the Firm’s Executive/Management Committee and served as the Firm’s General Counsel for many years before being named to the Firm’s Conflict Panel.

Since joining Perkins Thompson in 1989, Mr. Bopp’s practice has focused primarily on significant complex commercial litigation (for both plaintiffs and defendants), the pursuit and enforcement of creditors’ and debtors’ rights and remedies, bankruptcies, reorganizations, insolvencies, liquidations, financial restructurings, sales, receiverships, contract review and negotiations, workouts, appeals, mediations, and related matters and proceedings.  Mr. Bopp regularly represents and advises the Firm’s clients in a wide range of engagements, both in and out of state and federal court, including numerous financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, other stakeholders, principals, receivers, businesses, corporations and other entities, landlords, acquirers of assets, healthcare and benefits administrators, manufacturers, Chapter 11 Creditors’ Committees, Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees (in Maine and Massachusetts), debtors, private parties, and individuals.  Mr. Bopp has appeared before the bankruptcy courts in the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Illinois, and New York.  He has considerable experience representing clients in preference, fraudulent transfer, and director and officer litigation, relief from stay, allowance of claims, § 363 and receivership sales, Chapter 11 plan confirmation, contract negotiations, and other bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters.  Mr. Bopp also serves as a mediator and arbitrates disputes as a member of the American Arbitration Association National Panel.

Mr. Bopp is AV Peer Review rated for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell.  His peers have selected Mr. Bopp for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy.

Mr. Bopp’s peers have recognized him as the 2017 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Portland, Maine.  Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored by The Best Lawyers in America with a “Lawyer of the Year” award.


Vanderbilt University
J.D. | 1989
Order of the Coif; Vanderbilt Law Review – Articles Editor 1988-1989; Archie B. Martin Memorial Medal; Edmund M. Morgan Prize; American Jurisprudence Awards

Bar / Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit | 2003
  • Massachusetts | 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts | 1999
  • New Hampshire | 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire | 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine | 1990
  • Maine | 1989

Publications / Seminars

  • Co-Author, Deconstructing Preference Claims in Bankruptcy, Maine Bar Journal (April 2013) and ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee Newsletter (July 2013)
  • Contributing Author, Trigild Deskbook: Guide to Receivership & Foreclosure, 4th Edition (2012)
  • Author, To Reaffirm or Not to Reaffirm: Much Ado About Nothing or the Tempest, Maine Bar Journal (2000)
  • Author, Bankruptcy 101: A Creditor’s Primer, Business Profile (1997)
  • Author, The Unwarranted Implication of a Warranty of Fitness in Commercial Leases: An Alternative Approach, 41 Vand. L. Rev. 1057 (1988)


Mr. Bopp is a Maine Bar Foundation Fellow and past General Committee Member of the Cumberland County Bar Association.  He is a member of the Cumberland County, Maine, New Hampshire, and American Bar Associations.  Mr. Bopp is a member of the Maine State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy & Reorganization Section and Consumer & Financial Institution Law Section, and a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Business Law and Law Practice Management.  Mr. Bopp is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

Service / Achievements

Mr. Bopp is a former President of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Maine.  He is also a co-trustee of the Bopp Family Charitable Foundation.