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PRACTICE AREAS
Construction Law
Commercial Litigation
 
EDUCATION
Vanderbilt University, J.D.
Columbia University,
Graduate Program
Architecture
SUNY at Stony Brook, M.S.
Quantitative Policy Analysis
SUNY at Stony Brook, M.S.
Mechanical Engineering
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
New York
 
COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. District Court, New York
U.S. District Court,
Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court,
Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court,
Southern District of New York
 
FACULTY MEMBERSHIPS
Cornell University
 
 

Michael K. De Chiara
Senior Partner
Hon. AIA New York State

New York
T: 212.682.6800
E: mkd@zdlaw.com

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Michael S Zetlin - AV Rated - Martindale-Hubbell

Michael K. De Chiara, a founding Partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, is experienced in virtually all aspects of the law as it relates to the design and construction industry. In addition to litigation and contractual matters, he often advises clients on financial affairs and general business matters covering partnership law, corporate law, employment law, and professional practice matters, including ownership transition and licensing issues. Mr. De Chiara serves as general counsel to many of the country's larger engineering and architectural firms, and represents owners, developers, engineers, architects, construction managers, contractors and other parties in the construction industry. Mr. De Chiara has successfully handled some of the largest design and construction cases in recent times and has represented clients in proceedings before the United States Senate.

Mr. De Chiara is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 USA Guide, Super Lawyer Magazine, and Best Lawyers of America as a leading litigator in construction law and has received the notable AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. De Chiara is a recipient of the AIA New York State President's Citation for Outstanding Service, and the March of Dimes' Thomas E. Diana Spirit of Volunteerism Award in recognition of his dedication to the community at large.

FELLOWSHIPS

  Institute for Urban Design                                                                             

HONORS & AWARDS

  Michael De Chiara Presented With Honorary Member of AIA New York State Award 
  Chambers USA Leading Lawyer, New York Construction                        

ORGANIZATIONS

  American Council of Engineering Companies — General Counsel, New York Chapter; Member, Legal Counsel Forum
  American Institute of Architects New York State — General Counsel
  AIA – ACEC/NY Special Advisory Committees — Chairman
  New York Building Foundation — Board Member/General Counsel
  New York Landmarks Conservancy — Board of Directors
  New York Building Congress — Member, Energy; Healthcare; Planning, Growth & Sustainability; Public Building & Procurement; and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees
  Society of American Military Engineers
  Real Estate Board of New York
  Construction Management Association of America
  American Bar Association - Member, Construction Industry Forum
  New York City Bar Association
  New York State Bar Association

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  Technology, Optimized Patient Experience, Resiliency and Sustainability are Hot Topics Discussed by Industry Leaders at Healthcare Master Builders
  Join New York’s Healthcare, Design, Engineering and Construction Leaders on June 4th for Healthcare Master Builders
  Zetlin & De Chiara Attorneys Present CLE Program for the Association of Corporate Counsel
  Communication and Due Diligence are Keys to Success According to Experts at The Building Next Door: The Impact Of Construction On Adjacent Buildings
  On April 9th Join The Conversation At The Building Next Door: The Impact Of Your Construction Project On Adjacent Buildings
  Michael De Chiara Moderates ENR’s Healthcare Construction Conference
  Michael De Chiara Moderates BISNOW Construction and Development Summit Panel
  Boutiques Look For Edge Against Big Law Firms, Bloomberg Law video interview, August 14, 2013
  Ethics for Design Professionals, RLI Corp. Webinar, August 2013
  Zetlin & De Chiara Joins Key Experts in Conference on Urban Resilience, March 2013
  Panelist - "A View from the Future," Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Seminar, June 2012
  Panelist - "BIM and Contract Administration: Building the Connection Between Design and Construction," AIA National Convention, May 2012
  Presenter — "Owner-Contractor Agreements from the Architect's Perspective," AIA 2011 TriState Convention, September 2011
  Moderator — "2011 Spring AIA-ACEC Committee Meetings," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, June 2011
  Moderator — "2011 Insurance Industry Summit," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, February 2011
  Co-Presenter — "Understanding and Negotiating Critical Contract Provisions," Zetlin & De Chiara with RLI, January 2011
  Moderator — "AIA/ACEC Special Advisory Committee Meetings," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, May 2010
  Moderator — "The State of the Insurance Industry Managing Risk and Protecting Profitability," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, January 2010
  Presenter — "The Contractual and Liability Issues of BIM and IPD," Global Design Alliance Webinar, November 2009
  Moderator — "AIA/ACEC Special Advisory Committee Meetings," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, October 2009
  Panelist — "An Introduction to IPD," McGraw-Hill Construction Seminar Series, September 2009
  Moderator — "Energy to Build New York," New York Construction, July 2009
  Moderator — "AIA/ACEC Special Advisory Committee Meetings," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, May 2009
  Moderator — "9/11 Responders and the Structural Risk Involved," CASE Spring Risk Management Convocation Breakfast, May 2009
  Moderator — "The State of the Insurance Industry and Implications for Building New York," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP and McGraw-Hill, January 2009
  Presenter — "The Current Economic Crisis and Its Impact for Regional Construction and Development," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, McGraw-Hill and New York Construction, November 2008
  Moderator — "AIA/ACEC Special Advisory Committee Meetings," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, November 2008
  Presenter —"Integrated Project Delivery and BIM," Second Annual Architects and Engineers Expert Retreat, Beazley Group, September 2008
  Moderator — "BIM Symposium," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, McGraw Hill, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and AIA Florida, August 2008
  Moderator — "AIA/ACEC Special Advisory Committee Meetings," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, June 2008
  Moderator — "2007 Annual Joint Session on Current Issues for Design Professionals," December 2007
  Moderator — "2nd Annual BIM Symposium," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, McGraw-Hill and New York Construction, November 2007
  Moderator — "AIA/ACEC Special Advisory Committee Meetings," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, October 2007
  Presenter — "Retrofitting Green: Why It Makes (Dollars and) Sense!," hosted by McGraw-Hill, New York Construction, ULI, and USGBC, June 2007
  Moderator – "Annual Joint Session on Insurance Issues," AIA-ACEC New York State, May 2007
  Moderator – "Annual Joint Session on Insurance Issues," AIA-ACEC New York State, November 2006
  Moderator — "It's a BIM New World—The Next Revolution in Design and Construction Technology," McGraw-Hill and New York Construction, October 2006
  Moderator – "Annual Joint Session on Insurance Issues," AIA-ACEC New York State, October 2005
  Moderator – "Annual Joint Session on Insurance Issues," AIA-ACEC New York State, October 2004
  Moderator – "Annual Joint Session on Insurance Issues," AIA-ACEC New York State, October 2003
  Presenter - "Owner-Drafted Contracts: Sign Here Stupid!," AIA National Conference, May 2003
  Presenter – "Water Intrusion and Mold Remediation in New York," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Seminar Series, September 2002

PUBLICATIONS

  NY Will See More Design-Build, So Know The Pros And Cons, Law360 Expert Analysis, November 13, 2013
  Public Project Design-Build In New York, Mann Report, October 2013
  Are We Nature-Ready? Mann Report, May 2013
  Co-Author - "Collaboration by Contract: The Legal Side of Integrated Project Delivery," Zetlin & De Chiara Review, September 2012
  Author – "Interview with the Presidents," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Review, February 2012
  Author – "Arc Tunnel Project – Westway Revisited," Real Estate Weekly, May 2011
  Author – "Foreign Employment Issues for the Unwary," Quarterly Review, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, 2010
  Author – "When the Crane Collapses: From the Owner's Perspective," Quarterly Review, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, 2008
  Author – "BIM: The Professional and Legal Ramifications - A Voyage into the Unknown," Quarterly Review, 2006
  Author – "An Interview with David J. Bresnahan," Quarterly Review, 2006
  Co-Author/Co-Editor — "New York Construction Law," Aspen Publishers, 2003

IN THE NEWS

 

  Futurist Identifies New Opportunities for Growth and Innovation in AEC Industry
  Legal Climate Affects Construction Industry Innovation Explains Michael De Chiara
  Michael De Chiara Talks Green Building Materials with Interiors & Sources

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