Michael S. Selvaggi

Michael S. Selvaggi

Areas of Practice // Zoning, Planning and Land Use // Municipal Government // Educational Law // Estate Planning & Probate Litigation // Real Estate

Email:  mselvaggi@lsaclaw.com

Michael Selvaggi is the Managing Shareholder of Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen.  He has practiced law in New Jersey since graduating from Seton Hall University School of Law and has developed an expertise in several practice areas.


Importantly, Mr. Selvaggi is recognized as one of the leading land use and planning attorneys in northern New Jersey.  He appears regularly before zoning and planning boards on behalf of clients requiring site plan and subdivision approvals or variance relief.  His services are relied upon by privately-held entities; Fortune 500 companies; not-for-profit organizations and home owners.  Mr. Selvaggi also serves as the attorney for municipal land use boards, counseling them on a host of differing applications.

Given his vast experience, Mr. Selvaggi has gained an in-depth understanding of the relevant environmental laws that impact all land use matters.  He is intimately familiar with the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act; the freshwater wetlands regulations; and the storm water management rules.  He has lectured on such issues and his insight is desired by those contemplating a possible development proposal.

Mr. Selvaggi possesses the skills to assist a client in all aspects of the land acquisition and development process, including contract negotiations, the environmental regulatory process and the eventual closing.  He is often retained by clients to safeguard their interests in real estate transactions and lease negotiations.

Further, Mr. Selvaggi skillfully represents business entities in their formation, acquisition, sale and merger.  He works closely with corporations, limited liability companies, non-profit agencies, and partnerships to provide advice on a wide array of legal issues.  He is also counsel to several regional banks in northwest New Jersey.

Additionally, Mr. Selvaggi devotes a significant portion of his practice to local government law.  He is the appointed attorney for several municipalities in New Jersey.  He is knowledgeable about the Open Public Meeting Act, the Open Public Records Act, public bidding and contract matters.  He also represents a number of boards of education.

Mr. Selvaggi also has an active guardianship and probate litigation practice.  Families have relied upon him when hoping to have a guardian selected by the court for a loved one who they fear may be incapacitated.  He is frequently appointed by the Superior Courts in New Jersey to represent alleged incapacitated persons in guardianship matters.  He also represents litigants involved in challenges to the probating of a will or other testamentary instrument.

When not practicing law, Mr. Selvaggi dedicates a substantial amount of his time to a variety of charitable and civic causes.  He has served as President of the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce; was the President of the Warren County Bar Association; and was a two time Trustee to the New Jersey State Bar Association.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for Abilities of Northwest New Jersey and volunteers his time to serve as the director and a coach for the St. Luke CYO Basketball program.  He is also an active trustee on the Foundation Board for Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and President of the Parent Club for the West Morris Central Girls Basketball Club.

Our law firm services clients in Central and Northern New Jersey, including Warren County, Sussex County, Morris County, Essex County, Somerset County, Hunterdon County, and Passaic County out of our two offices in Hackettstown and Morristown, New Jersey.

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