Construction Law
Commercial Litigation
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
Hofstra University, B.A.
magna cum laude
New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court,
Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court,
Eastern District of New York



Raymond T. Mellon
Senior Partner
Hon. AIA New York State
Hon. AIA Brooklyn
New York
T: 212.682.6800
E: rmellon@zdlaw.com

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Michael S Zetlin - AV Rated - Martindale-Hubbell

Raymond T. Mellon, a Senior Partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, is a leading construction litigator and experienced trial lawyer with an extensive background in representing prominent architectural, engineering and contracting firms on business negotiations and in litigation. In addition to actively consulting with clients on general business matters, construction contract drafting and negotiation, and risk management strategies, Mr. Mellon has successfully represented many design professionals in disciplinary and licensing proceedings before the City and State of New York. Mr. Mellon has also successfully represented some of the largest developers in the United States and advises owners, developers, engineers, architects, construction managers, contractors and other parties in the construction industry.

Mr. Mellon has held the notable AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 1996, and has been named a New York Super Lawyer in the practice area of construction litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Mellon is consistently recognized for his contributions and legal service to the design community and the profession of architecture. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Presidential Citation from the Society of American Registered Architects and most recently received the New York Society of Architects Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, Mr. Mellon has been named an Honorary AIA member of the Brooklyn AIA Chapter and Honorary AIA member of the New York State AIA.

Mr. Mellon served as Articles Editor for the Hofstra Law Review while attending Hofstra University School of Law.

  American Institute of Architects, Brooklyn - General Counsel
  American Institute of Architects, Queens - General Counsel
  Society of American Registered Architects - General Counsel (National and New York Chapters)
  Architects Council of New York City, Inc. - General Counsel
  New York Building Congress - Member, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
  Real Estate Board of New York
  Phi Beta Kappa
  “When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Defending Design Professionals in Disciplinary Proceedings,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, May 2015
  Ray Mellon Speaks on License Agreements Between Adjoining Property Owners at ASCE Program
  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
  Zetlin & De Chiara Joins Key Experts in Conference on Urban Resilience, March 2013
  AIA Design-Build Webinar "How to Start an Architect-Led Design-Build Entity," June 2009
  NYU Real Estate Institute "Legal Issues in the Development Process," March, November 2006
  AOD National Conference "Safety Wins: Security from Design to Technology to Operations," June 2005
  AIA National Convention "Leadership and Building Security, Sustainability and Advocacy," May 2005
  The American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association, "Building Security Design and Post 9-11 Exposure," October 2004
  National Symposium on Healthcare Design, September 2004
  American Society of Landscape Architects, July 2004
  Global Design Alliance, June 2004
  Society of American Registered Architects National Convention, October 2003
  AIA/NYC Convention "Building Security Design: Achieving Transparency in Civic Architecture," October 2003
  AIA/CSI Annual Meeting, "Achieving Transparent Security," October 2003
  Author - Department of Buildings biggest problem may be bureaucratic delay, Daily News, February 2015
  Fingers pointed in DOB bribery scandal, Real Estate Weekly, February 2015
  Construction Next Door: Three Easy Steps To Plan For Success Published in Mann Report Management, February 2013
  "Design Professional Good Samaritans Face Rough Road in New York," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Newsbulletin, January 2012
  "Be Careful How You Dig: Court Held Excavators Responsible for Damage to Neighboring Property," Newsbulletin, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, July 2012
  "Finish Your Office Move: Notify the State Education Department," New York Real Estate Journal, June 2008
  "Being Aware of Design Obligations," The Concrete Producer Magazine, February 2007
  Author - "The Construction Standard of Care After 9/11," Design-Build Dateline, 2006
  Co-Author - "Liability Exposure After September 11, 2001," appearing in "Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design," McGraw-Hill, 2004
  Co-Editor - "New York Construction Law," Aspen Publishers, 2003
  Numerous other articles available on request.