Zetlin & De Chiara actively leads seminars, conferences and roundtables, offering industry professionals insights and perspectives in the rapidly evolving fields in which we work.

Upcoming Events

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    Jaimee Nardiello-Judge

    Jaime Nardiello, Partner and CREW New York leader will serve as a judge at a mock RFP Team Challenge.

    DIG This: A CREW Careers Program in collaboration with NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) and CREW Foundation.

    Program will focus on the Development Lifecycle to educate and encourage NEW graduates about CRE careers available to them beyond the construction trades, culminating with a Mock RFP Team Challenge, in which NEW graduate teams develop project proposals responding to a Mock RFP, and present them to a panel of distinguished judges, which will determine the winners.

Past Events

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    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Richard Kalinowski

    In Richard Kalinowski's session on professional ethics, he addressed the inextricable nature of the relationship between design professionals and the general public by stressing that the safety, health and welfare of the public be the guiding principle in all design decisions. Although each professional society, ACEC, ASCE, NSPE, AIA, SARA has its own Code of Ethics, each shares a paramount commitment to the protection and advancement of the general public's interest.

    While there are many situations where an individual's ethical obligation is clear, there are just as many "gray areas" where design decisions can be legal, yet unethical as well as ethical, but illegal. These "gray areas" must be understood by the design professional and the welfare of the public must be the overriding concern.

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    4:00-5:00 ET

    Michael J. Vardaro, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Ken Simons, The Associated General Contractors of America

    Frank Giunta, HKA Global

    Michael Vardaro will discuss how COVID-19 is shaping our economy as a member of an ABA Construction Law Forum panel . Contrarian investors and companies find opportunities in good times and bad. More than half a year into the COVID-19 crisis what sectors of the economy are prospering in spite or because of the pandemic? How will these developing trends shape the future of the construction economy? 

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    2:00-3:30 PM

    Michael K. De Chiara-Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, Moderator, Anthony J. DiBrita, Jr.- Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, Lionel Bejean-Greyling Insurance Brokerage & Risk Consulting, Inc. Peter Koppisch-Willian H. Connolly Co., LLC, Mary Beth Rumple-Poole Professionals, Kevin Viana-Marshall & Sterling Insurance

    The panel of insurance experts and attorneys will address insurance coverage and risk management in these uncertain times and how you can take a proactive approach to protecting your business.

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    Tara Mulrooney, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; Mitch Simpler-JB&B; Joanna Frank-Center for Active Design; Christopher Sharples-SHoP Architects; Andrew Demming-Gardiner & Theobold

    The Post Pandemic Office: Perspectives on the New Normal.  A recording of the webinar, Panelists' Questions & Answers and a Program Summary can found be below.

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    Michael De Chiara-Zetlin & De Chiara LLP 

    Jeremy Butkovich - Shannon & Wilson, Steve DeSimone - DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Leo E. Argiris - Arup, and George Leventis - Langan. Panel in formation.

    A New Paradigm for Pre-Construction Engineering Analysis

    Recent events in both New York and San Francisco have highlighted a much under-appreciated but enormous risk caused by most large construction projects in dense urban environments.

    The effects of major construction projects on adjoining properties are not sufficiently understood. When the unanticipated problems occur they often result in significant damages, which can equal the entire cost of the new project.

    The proper analysis of these effects involve advanced geotechnical and structural analysis, often not undertaken in large complex projects.

    We will cite several well-known situations which could have been avoided if this new level of pre-construction analysis was undertaken.

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