Meet the partners who provide a uniquely tailored experience for our clients.
Fred W. Bopp III
Fred has been practicing law since 1989. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts and has appeared before the bankruptcy courts in the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Illinois, and New York. Fred graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in History and then from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He practiced with a law firm in Portland, Maine before coming to Holman, Howard, Bopp & Guecia in 2018. Cecilia and Fred formed Bopp & Guecia in January of 2019.
Fred’s practice has focused on significant complex commercial civil litigation (representing both plaintiffs and defendants), the pursuit and enforcement of creditors’ and debtors’ rights and remedies, real estate and landlord-tenant disputes, bankruptcies, reorganizations, insolvencies, liquidations, financial restructurings, workouts, receiverships, construction/contractor disputes, sales, contract review and negotiations, workouts, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, and related matters and proceedings. He is a longstanding trusted legal advisor to individuals and businesses in a wide range of engagements, both in and out of state and federal court, including numerous financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases, receivers, business owners, buyers of real estate, landlords, tenants, parties involved in litigation, acquirers of assets, healthcare and benefits administrators, manufacturers, Chapter 11 Creditors’ Committees, Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees (in Maine and Massachusetts), and debtors in bankruptcy. Fred 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, 12, and 13 plan confirmation, contract negotiations, and other bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrates disputes as a member of the American Arbitration Association National Panel.
Fred is AV Peer Review rated for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell and his peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2005 in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy.
Fred is a member of the Cumberland County, Maine (Member: Sections of Bankruptcy & Reorganization, Consumer & Financial Institutions Law, Federal Practice, Litigation, and Solo & Small Firm), New Hampshire, and American Bar Associations (Member: Sections of Business Law, Litigation, Law Practice Division, and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division) and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also a Maine Bar Foundation Fellow and a Co-Trustee of the Bopp Family Charitable Foundation.
Fred and his wife live in Falmouth, Maine with their three sons. Fred is a foodie who enjoys a good meal, can regularly be found playing softball and pickleball, and is an avid boater and pinball enthusiast.
Cecilia J. Guecia
After growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Cecilia Guecia attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At Wesleyan, Cecilia majored in History, focusing on the Middle East and South Africa, performed in plays and musicals (taking one to The Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival), and was an active member of The Eclectic Society.
After graduating from Wesleyan, Cecilia was an actress in New York City and Boston. Cecilia left acting to participate in a year-long AmeriCorps literacy program, then she attended law school at The University of Maine School of Law. During law school, Cecilia worked at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, participated in the Protection from Abuse Program, and was a member of the Moot Court Board. After a judicial clerkship, Cecilia worked at a handful of small law firms before becoming an entrepreneur and starting her own law firm. Her partner, Fred Bopp, joined her in 2018, and the firm moved to its new and present location, 121 Main Street in Yarmouth, in 2020.
As an attorney, Cecilia truly has a “Main Street practice.” Cecilia provides a wide array of legal services for individuals, families, and small businesses. Her practice is intimate, efficient, and highly-skilled. Cecilia has acted as the Legislative Liaison for the Family Law Section of the Maine Bar, she is a founding board member of Maine Community Law Center and a member of Maine Attorneys Saving Homes, and she was recently appointed to the Town of Yarmouth Affordable Housing Committee.
Cecilia is a member of the American Bar Association (Section Member: Real Property, Trust and Estate Law). In her free time, Cecilia can be found hiking the woods of New Hampshire with her husband, who is an avid rock climber and carpenter/cabinetmaker, cooking and baking, reading everything, most particularly history and non-fiction outdoor adventure stories, talking on the phone to her daughters at college, and hosting “friends from away” at her Yarmouth home.