Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C.

New Jersey Law Firm | Hackettstown | Morristown | NJ

News February 16, 2018

Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C  is pleased to welcome Ravi S. Bhalla as Of Counsel

Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C  is pleased to welcome Ravi S. Bhalla as Of Counsel to the Firm.  In this capacity, Ravi will provide strategic advice and counsel to the Firm, enabling it to draw on his broad range of legal expertise as a seasoned litigator and trial attorney.   Among Ravi’s areas of […]

News August 29, 2017


Governor Chris Christie recently signed into law certain changes to the Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act (“PREDFDA”), pertaining to procedures for community association board elections and voting rights of members.  In part, the law provides that members of an association in good standing shall have the right to nominate themselves or other owners […]

News July 20, 2017

Michael B. Lavery Appears on NJTVNews

Founding partner, Michael B. Lavery, is the New Jersey Republican Party Chair.  He recently was interviewed by NJTVNews Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron to discuss the challenges that lie ahead for the Republican Party as it heads into a heated gubernatorial election this fall.  You can see Mr. Lavery’s interview by clicking www.njtvonline.org\news\video\new-gop-state-chair-says-guadagno-can-win-without-rnc\

News June 26, 2017

Lavery Elected GOP Chairman

Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen is proud to announce that one of its founding shareholders, Michael B. Lavery, has been elected to serve as the Chairman for the Republican Party in New Jersey.  His selection follows the recommendation given by Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee for Governor. As chair of the State’s Republican Party, Lavery […]

News May 22, 2017

Smart Summer Hiring

With the summer approaching quickly, many “seasonal” businesses such as tennis clubs, golf courses, outdoor restaurants, etc., are faced with the reality of the need to obtain staffing in order to meet the business’ need.   Many businesses are preparing to handle the increased volume by hiring students on summer break, many of whom will work […]

News April 21, 2017


  While automobile accidents can often result in serious injuries, life-changing injuries are more likely to occur when a truck is involved.  In determining the liability of a truck driver, there are many factors that do not exist in the typical car accident.  Therefore, when you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, […]

News April 11, 2017

Appellate Division Broadens Open Public Meetings Act’s Rice Notice Obligation

  The Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”) requires that public entities conduct business in an open public meeting, unless there is a specific exception specified under the Act.  One of those exceptions is the discussion of personnel matters which must occur in closed session to protect the privacy of the employee.  In 1977, the Appellate […]

News March 20, 2017

Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen Hire a New Associate

Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C. is delighted to announce that William H. Pandos has joined the firm as an associate.  Mr. Pandos graduated from Drexel University School of Law in 2014, after receiving his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 2011.  Following law school he served as the judicial clerk to both the Honorable […]

News March 10, 2017

The Highlands Act and Lessons Learned

Thirteen- the number of years municipalities, property owners and developers have grappled with the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (“Act”).  For the 88 municipalities in the Highlands Region it has often been an adversarial and contentious relationship with the Highlands Council and the Department of Environmental Protection, the two agencies that oversee enforcement of […]

News February 14, 2017

2017 Estate, Gift and GST Tax Update

As of January 1st, the federal estate tax exemption increased from $5.45 million to $5.49 million with the highest federal estate tax rate remaining at 40%.  The federal lifetime gift tax exemption and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) exemption also increased from $5.45 million to $5.49 million.  The annual federal gift tax exclusion amount did not increase […]