Phone: (908) 526-0707
Fax: (908) 725-8483
56 East Main Street, Suite 301
Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Mr. O’Grodnick is a Partner at Savo, Schalk, Gillespie, O’Grodnick & Fisher. Since 2006, Michael has focused his practice in real property law and commercial litigation, with a particular concentration in land use, zoning, landlord-tenant, tax appeals, chancery matters, and all types of contract disputes.
Michael represents land developers from concept to construction and regularly appears before Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment all over NJ. Michael has represented nearly all of New Jersey’s largest real estate developers and has shepherded hundreds of millions of dollars of land use applications in Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and Middlesex Counties; including, North Branch Walk (364 luxury apartments/town-homes), Amwell Terrace (126 luxury apartments), Brookhaven Lofts (599 luxury apartments and a hotel), Hillsborough Village (191 luxury rentals/28000 SF retail), Branchburg Center (19000 SF medical/office), Summit Green (535 luxury apartments/town-homes), Hills at Warren (192 luxury townhomes/apts.) in addition to various other commercial uses such as warehouses, offices, self-storage facilities, COAH housing, nursing homes, recreation/tennis centers, churches, breweries/distilleries, residential subdivisions and retail applications.
Michael graduated Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2002 and earned his Juris Doctorate from New England Law Boston in 2005, where he was a member of the Land Use Law Society. Having litigated thousands of cases, Michael has developed a reputation as a practical, fair, and hard-working trial attorney. Throughout his career, Michael has successfully obtained millions of dollars in judgments on behalf of his clients and has prevailed on numerous cases in the Appellate Courts and has recently prevailed in a seminal Appellate Division Case regarding the statute of limitations for mortgage foreclosures.
Michael’s other core practice areas include civil and corporate litigation, municipal law, contract review and negotiation, partnership disputes, commercial disputes, construction/insurance coverage disputes, will/estate litigation, collections, quiet titles, and general small claims/special civil part claims. Michael has represented many of the major NJ residential and commercial landlords and developers and has litigated well over 700 landlord/tenant eviction trials. He lectures in the area of landlord/tenant and land use law to other attorneys and real estate professionals.
Mr. O’Grodnick is admitted to practice in New Jersey State and Federal Courts and was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in 2014. Michael also represents several municipalities and was recently appointed as a Municipal Prosecutor in Raritan Township and Hampton Borough and Litigation Counsel for the Township of Bridgewater, and has served as Special Litigation Counsel to Somerset County. Beginning in 2021, Michael will be the Municipal Prosecutor for Frenchtown Borough, Alexandria Township, Holland Township, and Raritan Township. Michael has previously served as Municipal Prosecutor in South Plainfield, and was recently appointed as Tax Attorney for Manville Borough, Middlesex Borough and Bridgewater Township. Michael also served as Board Attorney for South Plainfield Planning Board and South Plainfield Board of Adjustment. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Somerset County Bar Foundation and is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.
Mr. O’Grodnick is responsible for all levels of case management through Trials and Appeals.