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Michael Affrunti



Michael Affrunti is an associate in Connell Foley’s Real Estate and Land Use Group, where he assists with a combination of commercial real estate transactions and land use matters. Michael’s experience ranges from a host of issues related to the development and redevelopment process, including the acquisition of real property, obtaining land use approvals from State and local governing bodies, and counseling clients on zoning and regulatory compliance.

As part of his practice, Michael concentrates on all stages of defending and challenging land use approvals in litigation disputes. Michael joins Connell Foley after completing two clerkships, with the Honorable Christine M. Vanek, Civil Division, Hudson County, and with the Honorable Francis J. Vernoia, J.A.D. in the Appellate Division. With this background, Michael is able to offer clients a unique perspective in understanding and navigating the court system.

While in law school, Michael was the Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal, which published his note Discontinuance in the Face of Destruction: The Future of Telecommunications Law After Superstorm Sandy. Michael was also a member of the Rutgers Moot Court Board, a Governor’s Executive Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and an intern for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • New Jersey Bar Association Land Use Law Section

News & Insights


  • Hon. Francis J. Vernoia, J.A.D.; Hon. Christine M. Vanek J.S.C.


Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 2015; Editor-in-Chief, Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal)

Rutgers University (B.A., 2010)


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