Zetlin & De Chiara has extensive experience with negotiating and drafting construction contracts and handling disputes for commercial buildings including global bank headquarters, office buildings and financial institutions. We have crafted all types of contracts including: design, contractor, license agreements and project labor agreements. Our attorneys have handled Design-Build and other alternative building method contracts.
The following are select representative matters:
We were asked by our client to guide the development of a case involving construction and schedule deficiencies in Washington, D.C.
We represented an EPC contractor in an administrative hearing before the New York State Department of Labor for alleged prevailing wage rate violations.
We represented a contractor in alter-ego ERISA and LMRA litigation commenced by Labor Union Benefit Funds.
We are advising on a complex ownership transition of a high-profile design professional practice, which includes new entity formation, amending ownership and financial mechanisms within existing entities, multi-jurisdictional firm-level licensing issues as well as intellectual property, estate planning and tax issues.
We drafted and negotiated the full range of design and construction agreements in connection with a substantial office headquarters renovation project on behalf of a major national sports league.
We represented a prominent developer in the negotiation and drafting of a construction management agreement for the construction of an 850,000 square foot office tower constituting one of the first significant developments in the New York metropolitan area following the 2008 recession.
- Corporate Reorganization, Compliance Review and Licensing of Design Professionals for an International Engineering Firm
We acted as a strategic adviser providing guidance to an international engineering firm in its internal corporate reorganization.
We represented the owner of the landmarked Empire State Building, one of New York City's iconic skyscrapers, in negotiating and drafting agreements for the highly unusual design-build delivery system for a new auxiliary FM antenna on a transmission tower atop the Empire State Building, with associated equipment and a temporary cocoon installation to ensure safety and to avoid interruption of building operations.
An engineering inspection revealed the building was in a state of disrepair due to the tenants failure to fulfill its lease obligations.
Represented a union contractor in a Federal Court ERISA/alter ego action. The action was commenced by three separate union trust funds arising out of a project that was part of a major New York City development. Plaintiffs alleged in excess of $3,000,000 in damages and sought additional damages for work performed by the alleged alter ego company on a separate project. Plaintiffs also sought to recover all costs and legal fees incurred in the litigation. The Court granted the defendants’ summary judgment motion and dismissed the case in its entirety.
We represented an international bank in negotiating and drafting design and construction contracts for its corporate headquarters in Connecticut.
We represented the developer of a Madison Avenue building for a global bank's office and amenities building.
We represented the construction manager of a global financial institution, in a major redevelopment project which included demolition and renovation of its midtown location.
We represented the purchaser of a grandfathered engineering corporation.
We represented the owner/developer of an high-end storage facility in New York.
Represented subcontractor in contract claims against owner.
Large multinational engineering firms often turn to us for business counseling.
We represented an international insurance company in connection with the negotiating and drafting the design and construction contracts for a new corporate campus, a multi-million dollar project in the New York Metro area.
We counseled a major international law firm in the preparation of its design and construction agreements for the relocation of its headquarters on Manhattan.
We represented a major international law firm in drafting and negotiating numerous construction agreements for the extensive renovation of its office headquarters as well as certain auxiliary facilities located in New York City.
We drafted general contractor and construction management agreements for the build out of several retail stores on behalf of a luxury retail brand.
We drafted and negotiated the architect, design consultants and general contractor agreements relating to the office fit-out of the headquarters for a major financial technology firm.
We represented the design team against claims in excess of $26 million related to mold found in a multi-use high-rise building in South Florida.
We represented the owner and developer of an office building in New Jersey.
We prosecuted claims of property owners for damages caused by inadequate construction practices.
We negotiated and drafted design contracts for an international pharmaceutical company's biomedical research facility in Boston, Massachusetts.
We obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of a Not-For-Profit Corporation preventing a landlord from removing a curtain painted by a world-renowned artist owned by the Not-For-Profit without its permission and consent.
We advised a multi-national design professional on licensing requirements in various U.S. jurisdictions.
We represented a major owner/developer in negotiation and drafting of a project labor agreement for its $3 billion, 1.6 million square-foot office tower and related public improvements in the area of Grand Central Terminal.
We negotiated the design contracts for a new mixed-use building on a prominent technology company's campus in California on behalf of our client, the architects.
We represented a major owner/developer in retrofitting of its Times Square venue in order to accommodate the iconic New Year's Eve countdown ball drop.