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 for 25 years and has developed an expertise in several practice areas. His broad range of knowledge enables him to competently serve the needs of large corporations and individuals alike.


Mr. Selvaggi is recognized as one of the leading land use and planning specialist 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 abilities are sought by privately-held entities; Fortune 500 companies; not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Mr. Selvaggi also serves as the attorney for municipal land use boards and counsels 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 in the area of municipal and 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.


Mr. Selvaggi’s practice includes educational law and he represents a number of boards of education in northwest New Jersey. He counsels them on a myriad of issues, negotiates collective bargaining agreements and appears in Administrative Court with respect to special education matters.


When not practicing law, Mr. Selvaggi devotes a substantial amount of time to a variety of legal and civic activities. He has served as President of the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce and is now the Warren County 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.

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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