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Michael J. Affrunti

Associate

Overview

Michael Affrunti concentrates his practice on regulatory affairs and commercial litigation in a variety of industries that routinely intersect with state, county and local government authorities. His experience includes a unique blend of counseling business and development leaders on compliance issues, advancing applications and causes before public entities, and prosecuting and defending litigation at all levels of state and federal court. In the litigation context, Michael has represented clients on a host of issues concerning land use and redevelopment law, construction defect and breach of contract claims, public bidding disputes, and numerous employment-based claims.

Michael has a deep understanding of government affairs and its impact on client concerns. With a background working with county and local boards, Michael is well-equipped to guide clients through the nuances of public meeting and approval procedures. His experience ranges from obtaining and defending public contract awards and development approvals, to counseling government contractors and higher education institutions on compliance with prevailing wage requirements, discipline and termination procedures, and anti-discrimination and sexual harassment response policies.

Michael also has substantial experience advising clients on emerging areas of the law, such as the regulatory landscape surrounding economic incentive programs and the highly anticipated cannabis marketplace. In the wake of COVID-19, Michael was responsible for monitoring key legislation and executive orders, and developing policies for businesses in the education, healthcare and construction industries as they sought to navigate workplace safety concerns and implement health screening and telecommuting measures.

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. While in law school, Michael was the editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal, 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.

Activities

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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Speaking Engagements

Publications

Clerkships

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

Education

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

Rutgers University (B.A., 2010)

Admissions

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