Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, one of the country's leading law firms, focuses its practice on all aspects of construction law and the built environment. We provide sophisticated legal and business counsel to real estate owners, developers, financial institutions, owner's representatives, design professionals, construction managers and contractors. We are committed to meeting our clients' legal and business advisory needs and exceeding their expectations for service.
The firm provides counsel throughout the planning, design and construction process, from drafting and negotiating contracts to outlining risk management strategies. Large-scale projects frequently lead to costly disputes. Zetlin & De Chiara has extensive experience representing clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and also advises on business formation, licensing and corporate issues.
Many of our attorneys have in-house construction counsel experience, architecture and engineering degrees, and LEED accreditation.
Zetlin & De Chiara has been on the forefront of new approaches, solutions and models for advancing the construction process for clients. We advise clients on the benefits and challenges of new technologies, innovative methodologies, alternative construction delivery methods and industry trends, including:
- Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
- Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)
- Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
Zetlin & De Chiara was founded in 1992 when Michael Zetlin and Michael De Chiara recognized the need for a boutique law firm that focused on, understood, and spoke the language of “construction and design”. Senior Partners Ray Mellon and Carol Patterson soon joined them and, together, they built one of the premier construction law firms in the nation. Over the last 28 years, the firm has been instrumental in helping clients bring their projects to life.
Zetlin & De Chiara is committed to enhancing the landscapes of our communities by partnering with our clients and helping to bring their projects to life. We are focused on producing superior results that lead to successful projects and satisfied clients.