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Michael B. Lavery is a Member in the Municipal Government and Litigation Departments. Mr. Lavery concentrates his practice in local government law, litigation and Land Use law. Mr. Lavery presently represents a number of governmental entities and serves as Special Counsel to the County of Warren for Open Space & Farmland Preservation.
Mr. Lavery serves as Township Attorney for Hardwick, Lopatcong, Mansfield, Oxford and Washington (Warren County) Townships, Special Counsel to Parsippany-Troy Hills Township and Mine Hill Township, as well as Attorney for the Frelinghuysen Township Land Use Board, the Chester Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Warren County Soil Conservation District.
Mr. Lavery earned his law degree from Rutgers University, where he served as a member of the Stratton Moot Court Board and President of the Student Bar Association. He received his B.A. from the University of New Haven where he received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University. Mr. Lavery is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Lavery is a member of the Election Law Committee for the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a former Director of the Local Government Law Section of the State Bar Association.
Mr. Lavery served as the Mayor of Hackettstown for two terms from 2005-2011. He has also served as Republican State Committeeman for Warren County and as Legislative Aide to then-Senator Leonard Lance (R-23), who presently serves as Congressman for the 7th District. Mr. Lavery serves the community as a member of the Hackettstown Medical Center Board of Trustees and is former President of the Hackettstown Medical Center Foundation Board. Mr. Lavery also serves on the Centenary University Board of Trustees. Mr. Lavery is a past President of the Hackettstown Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a founding member of the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lavery formerly served as Chairman of the District 13 Fee Arbitration Committee.
On June 25, 2015 Mr. Lavery was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve as a Commissioner for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. In June of 2016 Mr. Lavery was elected Chairman of the Commission.
Mr. Lavery formerly served as a Member of the Executive Board of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and as a member of the Board of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors.