- 03.27.2023City & State
(New York, NY – March 27, 2023) Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced today that Co-Founding Partner Michael S. Zetlin has once again been named to City & State’s Law Power 100 list for 2023.
- 01.04.2023U.S. News Best Lawyers Ranks Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Tier 1 in National, Metropolitan New York, and New Jersey PublicationsU.S. News
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced that the firm has once again been selected for National Tier 1 in the areas of Construction Law and Construction Litigation by U.S. News for its annual “Best Law Firms” ranking. Additionally, the firm is ranked as Metropolitan Tier 1 in New York City and in New Jersey.
Zetlin & De Chiara Senior Partner Carol J. Patterson has been named to City & State’s 2022 “Responsible 100,” a list of “New York’s 100 most outstanding corporate citizens.”
The award is intended to honor an “elite group of NY’s most powerful executives, thought leaders, visionaries and influencers, who are setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership in improving their communities and making transformative change.”
Roy Schwartz, Principal, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, received a Chapter Citation Award for his service to the Queens Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Together with Ray Mellon, a Senior Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, Roy has served as legal counsel to AIA Queens.
May the New Year bring you health and prosperity!
(New York, October 7, 2022) – Lion H. Song has joined Zetlin & De Chiara LLP in its New York office. Mr. Song represents design professionals, real estate owners and developers, and other members of the construction industry in litigation matters.
- 09.17.2022New York Real Estate Journal
Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, was featured in the New York Real Estate Journal as an industry leader. The publication asked her about her career.
In an article on construction materials costs, Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner is quoted:
...The cost increases haven’t dampened demand, with construction for industrial and warehouse properties pushing ahead at full steam, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Managing Partner Michael Vardaro told Bisnow.
“I think we've seen certain things in the housing sector that maybe don't translate exactly in the commercial and industrial sectors, because those sectors, we've seen continued interest and people are moving forward with projects,” Vardaro said. “I won't say that everyone is not worried about the future, but they seem to be moving forward cautiously.”
Zetlin & De Chiara partners Michael Zetlin, Michael De Chiara, Bill Chimos, Tim Hegarty, Ray Mellon, Jaimee Nardiello, Carol Patterson, Loryn Riggiola, and Jim Terry were once again recognized by Best Lawyers in their 2023 list of top Construction attorneys.
Additionally, Hal Blanchard, Rachel John, Anazette Ray and Roy Schwartz were selected as Ones to Watch.
James G. Papadakis has joined Zetlin & De Chiara in its New York office. Mr. Papadakis’s litigation practice concentrates on complex business disputes involving construction, insurance, and property matters. He represents construction industry clients in breach of contract, extra work and construction defects, insurance issues, as well as collections work involving mechanic's liens and payment bonds.
- 06.06.2022Zetlin & De Chiara, LLP’s Construction Law Practice Named to the Construction Executive’s Top 50 Construction Law Firms™Construction Executive
(June 7, 2022) Zetlin & De Chiara’s Construction Law practice was once again included in Construction Executive’s Top 50 Construction Law Firms™ list for 2022. The rankings are determined by surveying over 600 U.S. construction law firm practices. The survey gathered information related to 2021 revenues from the firm’s construction practice, number of attorneys who practice construction law, number of states in which the firm is licensed to practice, year in which the construction practice was established, and number of construction industry clients served.
New York, June 3, 2022) - Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced that litigator Anthony De Ingeniis has joined the firm in its New York office. Mr. De Ingeniis represents clients in construction and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. Mr. De Ingeniis, was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his M.A. and B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
- 06.01.2022Chambers USA
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP continued to be recognized as leaders in the Construction sector, with the firm and five of its partners receiving high rankings in the Chambers USA ranking of America’s leading business lawyers.
- 05.31.2022New York Real Estate Journal
Anazette Ray was recently featured in the NY Real Estate Journal's Ones to Watch Spotlight. She was interviewed by the journal and recognized for her wealth of experience representing architects and engineers in a wide variety of litigation matters.
- 04.25.2022City & State
Zetlin& De Chiara LLP announced today that Co-Founding Partner Michael S. Zetlin has been named to City & State’s 2022 Construction Power 100 list.
- 04.18.2022New York Real Estate Journal
Twenty years ago, the New York Law Journal published an article about a then little-used law that authorized courts to grant a license to a property owner or developer unable to make repairs or improvements to its property without entering onto a neighbor’s property (See Little-Used Law Helps Developers Held Hostage, N.Y.L.J. Aug. 14, 2002). The law in question, Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (“RPAPL”) Section 881, authorized a judicial license where a neighbor refused permission to access its property for necessary construction and repairs. It also provided the court with flexibility to set conditions on the license upon “such terms as justice requires.”
- 03.17.2022The Construction Broadsheet
James J. Terry, a partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, is a successful litigator, negotiator and advocate specializing in the resolution of complex design, development and construction management disputes across the spectrum of the built environment.
In practice for more than four decades, his portfolio includes construction defect claims, bid protests, change orders, liquidated damages, delays, cumulative impact claims, lost productivity, acceleration and inefficiency claims for national and international clients. Mr. Terry’s expertise includes the development and execution of project labor agreements (PLAs) that set labor compensation, work rules, schedules and performance expectations upfront.
- 03.16.2022CONEXPO CON/AGG 365
President Biden recently signed an executive order which will implement new pro-union project labor agreements in order to increase union membership in the federal, public and private sectors.
The move has set off a round of opposition from construction industry organizations, not to mention individuals who see the move as detrimental to fair and open competition for bids related to the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act of 2021.
(New York, NY – March 9th, 2022) Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced today that Co-Founding Partner Michael S. Zetlin has once again been named to City & State’s Power Law 100 lists.
- 02.24.2022Construction Drive
Jim Terry, Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara, explains the impact of project labor agreements in Construction Dive following President Biden's executive order.
- 12.14.2021New York Real Estate Journal
Michael De Chiara, Senior Partner, responded to the New York Real Estate Journal's Question of the Month, "What are the goals of Local Law 97 and how does NYC plan to achieve them?"
Leading construction law firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced today that eleven of the firm’s partners were selected to Super Lawyers 2021, part of Thomson Reuters. One associate was chosen for the Rising Star list.
- 09.01.2021The Real Estate Network
As the life science industry shatters records for funding, space demand and employment throughout the country, there is increasing interest in the development of this sector in the New York City real estate market. Although life sciences research and development has been a critical component of the United States’ economy for some time, historically, cities such as San Diego, Boston, and San Francisco have long dominated as life sciences centers. In the past several years, however, New York City, the country’s financial capital, has seen an significant acceleration of growth in this sector, which has only been heightened by the impacts of Covid-19. In the current post-Covid environment, life sciences has become a bright spot in the uncertain commercial real estate market, one that the City’s leaders are counting on to help fuel its growth.
- 08.19.2021Best Lawyers®
Zetlin & De Chiara lawyers received wide recognition by Best Lawyers in their 2022 edition for being among the most skilled and accomplished construction lawyers in New York and New Jersey.
- 07.28.2021The New York Times
Tara Mulrooney, partner is quoted in a New York Times article, on the rise of life science labs in New York since the pandemic. "This is one area [of the real estate market, the grows in clusters, not just in specific cities but also specific locations within cities," said Tara Mulrooney, a partner at the law firm Zetlin & De Chiara, which focuses on construction law. "Proximity to talent is vital."
- 06.23.2021Architectural Record
The office of Richard Meier & Partners is announcing today that the practice, begun by the award-winning architect in 1963, will now be called Meier Partners, and that its 86-year-old founder is officially retiring. Under a leadership restructuring plan, George H. Miller, former managing partner at Pei, Cobb, Freed, becomes COO, and Dukho Yeon, who has been at the Meier office for 30 years, will be lead designer. Both Miller and Yeon have been named partners, each with equity in the company. Michael De Chiara, Senior Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara counseled the firm through its transition and is quoted in the article.
- 06.22.2021New York Real Estate Journal
During the last year, the focus on racial and economic inequality issues has led many design professional firms to initiate or increase the contributions of their people, resources and talents to pro bono projects. While architects
and engineers are in a unique position to provide meaningful and tangible services, particularly with respect to physical spaces, the good intent behind such projects will not shield a firm from potential liability. In particular, it is important to consider risk management and licensing issues before embarking on a pro bono project.
- 06.10.2021Legal 500
Described as a "boutique construction law firm with a deep bench and understanding of how a construction project is built and how to address disputes when they happen,” Zetlin & De Chiara is routinely involved in projects across the US and internationally. Legal 500 selected Michael Zetlin, Michael De Chiara and Michael Vardaro to the Leading Lawyers list. Michael De Chiara was praised as an “expert in the field.” Michael Zetlin was lauded for his representation of national and multi-national construction companies as well as premier owners, developers and contractors. Other members of the “very pragmatic” team who were recognized were Tara Mulrooney and Jim Terry.
- 05.20.2021Chambers USA
New York, NY (May 20, 2021)– Zetlin & De Chiara LLP has been ranked as a top construction law firm in New York for the 15th consecutive year by Chambers USA in its 2021 guide to top law firms and lawyers. In addition, all four senior partners were ranked as leaders in their field.
(May 13, 2021) Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Partner Loryn Riggiola has been named to NJBIZ’s inaugural New Jersey’s Leaders in Law list, for her outstanding contributions to the construction and legal industries and to local and international communities. The NJBIZ Leaders in Law honors New Jersey’s most accomplished lawyers for shaping their organizations, industries and communities.
- 04.20.2021Anazette Ray Selected for the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s Spring 2021 Emerging Leaders Program
Anazette Ray, an Associate in Zetlin & De Chiara's New Jersey office has been selected to participate in the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s Spring 2021 Emerging Leaders Program. The program, entitled Perseverance, Power, Politics brings together peers from architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, law and financial services with senior women in the field to explore ways of advancing their careers. Participants share common goals and trade personal strategies for success.
- 03.18.2021City & State
(New York, NY – March 18, 2021) Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced today that Co-Founding Partner Michael S. Zetlin has been named to City & State’s Power Construction 50 and Power Law 100 lists.
Mr. Zetlin was selected to the Power Construction 50 along with many of New York’s luminaries in the building community. Cited as “a prolific litigator…who handles construction claims across a number of sectors…,” Michael Zetlin was recognized for his abilities as a construction litigator and contract lawyer as well as his counsel in all aspects of construction projects. Active in many professional and community organizations, Mr. Zetlin serves as General Counsel to the New York Building Congress and to the AIA New York; and is an adjunct Professor at Columbia University, teaching a graduate program with Zetlin & De Chiara partner Timothy Hegarty on “Legal Issues in Building Construction.”
In a major victory for real estate developers and New York City, a New York State Appellate Court has overturned a decision preventing the completion of a new 55-story condominium building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue.
- 01.26.2021City & State Magazine
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced today that Senior Partner Ray Mellon has been named to City & State’s 50 Over 50.
- 11.17.2020U.S. News and World Report
Tara B. Mulrooney, Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara joins REBNY Zoning and Design Committee. The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is the City's Leading real estate trade association. Founded in 1892, REBNY works on behlaf of the mututal interests of its members by promoting public and industry policies. The Zoning and Design Committee considers and evaulated matters relating to city planning as well as zoning and residential and commercial building design.
New York, NY (November 5, 2020) - Leading construction law firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced today that ten of the firm’s attorneys were selected to Super Lawyers 2020, part of Thomson Reuters. An annual attorney rating service, Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high level of professional achievement and are well respected by their peers and colleagues. The selection process, culling from over 70 practice areas, includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
As a senior professional in her field, Tara Mulrooney is committed to giving back to the community. For the second year, Ms. Mulrooney will be providing career advice to a junior member of the real estate community as part of the ULI Mentor program.
- 10.01.2020New York Law Journal
- 09.09.2020New York Law Journal
It looks like we will continue to be virtual for an indeterminate time. Now that we are out of the panic mode and into a more pragmatic state of mind, we need to get to back to the business of maintaining top of the mind awareness of the firm and developing new business in a virtual business world.
New York, NY, (August 20, 2020) -- Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is pleased to announce that nine lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
In addition, three lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes lawyers demonstrating outstanding professional skills early in their careers in private practice in the United States.
New York, NY (July 27, 2020) ‐ Construction law firm Zetlin and De Chiara LLP announced today that Richard Kalinowski, and Chengdong Xing, Associates at the firm, were selected for Crain’s 2020 list of Rising Stars in Real Estate. The honorees were highlighted for being “drivers of New York’s real estate engine—those individuals whose grit and ingenuity power the region’s progress and the industry’s growth.”
Eight Firms Join Forces to Form the Workwell Coalition to Rejuvenate the Office