Mr. Fessenden is the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Maine. He has served in that position since 1981. He also acts as Trustee for all Chapter 12 cases filed in Maine, and occasionally as a Chapter 11 Trustee. A graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, Mr. Fessenden was the founding directing attorney of Legal Services for the Elderly, the first rural statewide AoA-funded program in the country.
Mr. Fessenden was in private practice in Brunswick, Maine from 1980 through 1994. Mr. Fessenden has taught bankruptcy as adjunct faculty on and off for many years at the University of Maine School of Law. He is a current member and former chair of the local bankruptcy rules committee, and a current member and former chair of the Bankruptcy & Reorganization Section of the Maine State Bar Association.
He coached the University of Maine School of Law Duberstein teams for eight years through 2012.
Apart from his trustee duties, Mr. Fessenden is a mediator/arbitrator for the state court Rule 16B ADR program and frequently serves as a referee in civil cases. He is Chair of the Grievance Commission for the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Mr. Fessenden has been faculty at numerous CLE programs for the Maine State Bar Association, the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the New Mexico Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, and the Maine Federal Judicial Conference, The Academy ,among others.
He is married to attorney and ethicist Anne Underwood. They have three children and four grandchildren. One of Pete’s many hobbies is sending birthday cards.