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Michael Affrunti



Michael Affrunti advises on a variety of commercial litigation involving land use, real estate, construction law and public bidding. With a strong knowledge of state and local government laws, including experience serving on a local zoning board, Michael is equipped to help clients obtain results ranging from proposed ordinances and resolutions to development approvals and public contract awards. Michael’s keen understanding of litigation disputes also allows him to prepare more complete commercial property and business transactions with an eye toward avoiding litigation.

Before entering private practice, Michael completed clerkships with the Honorable Christine M. Vanek, Civil Division, Hudson County and the Honorable Francis J. Vernoia, J.A.D. in the Appellate Division. This background provides Michael with a unique perspective in navigating the court system and implementing effective litigation strategies, and  has led to the successful defense of governmental approvals at all levels of New Jersey courts. 

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

  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association Land Use Law Section
  • Executive Board Member, Essex County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Jersey 

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  • 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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