Deena M. Crimaldi-Kunst practices in both the New York and New Jersey offices. An experienced litigator, Ms. Crimaldi-Kunst handles a broad range of complex commercial and business matters representing clients in a variety of industries in the courtroom and in arbitration or mediation. She has significant experience representing clients in a variety of construction and insurance disputes and all aspects of commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Ms. Crimaldi-Kunst’s practice also includes the drafting and negotiating of construction agreements and other sophisticated real estate and development-related documents.
Ms. Crimaldi-Kunst has experience in managing litigation from consultation to trial. She has successfully tried landlord-tenant matters to verdict in New Jersey as a first-chair as well as participated as a second-chair in several bench and jury trials in both New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Crimaldi-Kunst regularly volunteers her time in the community. She co-taught “Construction Contract Law” at Baruch College. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Programs Committee for Commercial Real Estate Women (“CREW”) New York Chapter and contributes to the success of industry-related programming on a monthly basis. She is also a key member of the New York City Bar’s Moot Court Committee, where she is responsible for recruiting lawyers to serve as judges for moot court regional and national rounds. Ms. Crimaldi-Kunst also frequently participates as a judge for moot court and mock trial competitions in New York and New Jersey.
She has been recognized by the Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and was honored as an by the Women Builders Council as a Next Generation Builder.
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Honors & Recognitions
News & Events
Deena M. Crimaldi, an associate at construction law firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, was recognized as one of the “Next Generation of Women Builders 2018” by the Women Builders Council (WBC) at its Annual Champions Dinner on May 2, 2018.
NEW YORK (September 7, 2017) – Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, a leading national construction law firm, is pleased to welcome Deena M. Crimaldi and Richard J. Kalinowski to the firm’s New York office.
“We are very fortunate that Deena and Richard have joined the Zetlin & De Chiara team and we are looking forward to the new dimensions they will add to our practice,” said Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner. “Deena is an experienced construction litigator who has handled all aspects of the litigation process. Richard studied engineering in college and then worked at WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff before becoming an attorney.”
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.
Fairfield University, B.A., cum laude
New York Law School, J.D.
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District for the Western District of New York
- U.S. District for the District of New Jersey