Jeffrey T. Piampiano


207.253.0522 Direct
207.772.3627 Fax

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Deb McKenney


  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, J.D., 2000
  • University of Maine, M.S., 1996
  • Colgate University, A.B., 1993


  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • Turnaround Management Association
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Maine State Bar Association


  • Cleaves Law Library Board of Directors (2002 - present)

Jeff Piampiano is an attorney in Drummond Woodsum’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights and Trial Services groups.   He has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers USA, and New England Super Lawyers for his bankruptcy expertise.

Jeff’s practice focuses on bankruptcy matters and debtor/creditor litigation.  He currently serves as a private panel Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in the District of Maine and has administered hundreds of cases, including cases for businesses and individuals.  In this role, as well as in connection with representation of other trustees, Jeff has gained substantial experience selling distressed assets and successfully avoiding and recovering fraudulent and preferential transfers.  When he is not serving as a trustee, he regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, and other trustees in bankruptcy cases in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Notably, Jeff has twice served as counsel to the bankruptcy trustees for Great Northern Paper Company, helping them recover millions of dollars to distribute to creditors.  Jeff also has substantial experience representing parties in commercial disputes before federal and state courts involving receiverships, mechanics’ liens and other statutory liens, and collection matters. 

When not practicing law, Jeff is active in the legal community.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Cleaves Law Library for over a decade.  He also regularly contributes articles and presents at seminars and conferences on bankruptcy law and civil litigation.


  • Best Lawyers USA
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy (2013-2016)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012-2016)
  • New England Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Rising Star (2008-2011)
  • Chambers USA, Maine, Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy


  • Author, "Spoliation and Preservation of Evidence" A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Maine (MCLE 2014)
  • Co-Author, "Directors in the Twilight Zone II," International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals, chapter discussing corporate director liability in the Unites States (2nd edition 2005, 3rd edition 2009, 4th edition 2013)
  • Author, "Retirement Benefits: What You Should Know," Maine Townsman Magazine, (December 2012)
  • Author, "Coastal Erosion and the Risk of Liability for Coastal Land Developers," J. Small & Emerging Business Law, 347, 4(2) (2000)


  • Bankruptcy Changes & Developments: Objects in the Mirror are Closer than They Appear
    October 23, 2015
  • The Ethical Duty of Investigation: Does It Reach into Social Media?
    July 17-20, 2014
  • Advising Businesses Dealing with Financially Troubled Customers - How to Limit Exposure to Preference Liability under Section 547 of the Bankruptcy Code