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David A. Beatty

  • New York, NY
    801 Second Avenue
    New York, NY 10017


David A. Beatty represents architects, engineers, owners, design professionals, contractors, and real estate owners and developers in complex construction and related litigation. In addition, Mr. Beatty has advised large construction contractors, commercial property owners, and others in matters pertaining to Labor Law accidents.  As part of a comprehensive litigation strategy, Mr. Beatty has counseled clients on risk transfer and indemnity issues raised by contracts and insurance policies.  Mr. Beatty also has experience defending individuals and organizations against claims of medical malpractice and other forms of professional negligence.

Mr. Beatty brings deep experience in appellate litigation, having briefed, argued or otherwise litigated more than thirty appeals before the appellate courts in New York. Mr. Beatty’s appellate experience spans the litigation life-cycle, from jurisdiction, discovery matters, and summary judgment to post-trial legal sufficiency and excessiveness of damages. 

Mr. Beatty has served as an adjunct assistant professor in the Economics Department at CUNY Hunter College, where he teaches a course on "Business Law." The course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the common law and Uniform Commercial Code that governs contracts and negotiable instruments. Mr. Beatty has been published in the Albany Law Review on issues relating to the preservation rule of appellate advocacy and the New York “deviates materially” standard of review for damages.​


Representative Matters

News & Events


  • news

    Zetlin & De Chiara partners Bill Chimos, Michael De Chiara, Tim Hegarty, Ray Mellon, Jaimee Nardiello, Carol Patterson, Loryn Riggiola, Jim Terry and Michael Zetlin were once again recognized by Best Lawyers in their 2023 list of top Construction attorneys.

    Additionally, David Beatty, Hal Blanchard, Rachel John, Anazette Ray and Roy Schwartz were selected as Ones to Watch.

  • news
    New 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.”

  • news
    Best 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.

  • news

    Construction law firm, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is deepening its bench with the addition of two attorneys, Rebecca Ahdoot and David A. Beatty.


  • publication

    New York State has significantly expanded the requirements covering disclosure of insurance-related information in commercial litigation commenced on or after December 31, 2021.

    Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act into law on December 31, 2021, and signed a remedial law on February 24, 2022, to limit some of the more onerous and worrisome aspects of the new disclosure regime (together the “Act”).  The Act amends a subsection of the Civil Practice Law and Rules (“CPLR”) governing the scope of disclosure under CPLR 3101(f) and added certification requirements under CPLR 3122-b.

  • publication

    Summer turned up the heat at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP where we were involved in two of the most prominent construction cases in the nation. With attorneys airborne between the East and West Coasts, the office has been busy on the ground with client matters, fielding questions from the press, speaking at industry events and supporting community and professional organizations. Even as the temperature outside cools, our high level of activity shows no signs of chilling.

  • publication
    Keith L. Kaplan & David A. Beatty, The Impact of the Vissichelli Decision in Defending Nursing Homes Against the “Insanity” and “Continuous Treatment” Tolls, 2017(1) AHRMNY The Risk Management Quarterly 18 (2017)
  • publication
    Richard J. Montes & David A. Beatty, The Preservation Rule in the New York Court of Appeals: How Recent Decisions and Characterizations of the Rule Inform Advocacy, 78 ALB. L. REV. 119 (2015)
  • publication
    Richard J. Montes & David A. Beatty, Are the Appellate Courts Deviating from the “Deviates Materially” Standard of Review?, 77 ALB. L. REV. 13 (2014)


Faculty Memberships

  • CUNY Hunter College, Economics Department, Adjunct Assistant Professor


St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A.


  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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