Loryn P. Riggiola is a Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP. She represents clients in disputes arising from construction projects and commercial matters from counseling through litigation and/or arbitration. She has represented clients in both public and private sector projects, contract disputes, bidding disputes, defect and delay claims, and commercial disputes. Ms. Riggiola has worked with clients across the globe on a variety of matters, including the construction and operation of data centers, energy, transit and aviation projects.
Ms. Riggiola also represents corporations and financial institutions in litigation involving complex commercial issues, including employment disputes, restrictive covenant and unfair competition litigation. She has handled litigation involving trademark, trade dress and palming off claims under the Lanham Act, together with related insurance coverage issues.
Ms. Riggiola handles every stage of litigation from consultation to trial. She has participated in numerous bench and jury trials in both New York and New Jersey. Ms. Riggiola has served as both lead and supporting counsel in state and federal trials. She has also appeared before the appellate courts in both New York and New Jersey on behalf of our clients. Ms. Riggiola has conducted mediation, arbitration and international arbitration proceedings.
Ms. Riggiola is a Construction Law Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA). She is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, where she teaches courses related to wellness in the legal profession.
Ms. Riggiola was named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. She was named to New Jersey’s Leader in Law list by NJBIZ in 2021. She was previously honored by NJBIZ as a one of 2020's Best Women in Business and by the Women Builders Council as an Outstanding Women in the Building Industry. She was honored by the Mann Foundation for her contributions to the building industry. Real Estate Weekly named her a “Leading Lady" in the industry. She has received the highest “Notable AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for her litigation practice.
- Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America
Honors & Recognitions
- Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
- “Leading Lady” The Mann Charitable Foundation
- "Leading Lady" Real Estate Weekly
- Martindale-Hubbell® “Notable AV” rating
- NY Metro Area Leading Ladies in Real Estate
- NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business – 2020
- NJBIZ New Jersey’s Leaders in Law – 2021
- Super Lawyers
- Women Builders Council, Outstanding Woman in the Building Industry
News & Events
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.
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.
- 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.
(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.
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.
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.
Loryn Riggiola was named to NJBIZ's 2020 Best Women in Business. The individuals recognized in NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business program are not just operating in the Garden State’s enterprise environment "they’re leading it, as decision-makers, trendsetters and forward thinkers".
Eleven Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Attorneys Recognized by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers 2019
- 08.15.2019The Best Lawyers in America 2020
Eight attorneys at Zetlin and De Chiara LLP were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2020.
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP partner Loryn Riggiola will be honored for her contributions to the building industry by The Mann Foundation at its spring gala celebrating the foremost women in the apparel, banking, real estate, and hedge fund industries.
Loryn Riggiola, Partner at leading construction law firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, spoke on a panel sponsored by the Women Builders Council (WBC) on Monday, November 19. The program, Our Stories: The Women of Real Estate, discussed the changing dynamics of the Real Estate and Construction industries and how to empower women leaders within them.
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced today 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.
Zetlin and De Chiara LLP, a leading construction law firm, is honored to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named “Best Lawyers in America” for 2019. Additionally, co-founding partner Michael Zetlin has been selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” within the Construction Law practice group in the New York City region by the respected, peer review guide.
Partners Jaimee Nardiello and Loryn Riggiola of construction law firm Zetlin and De Chiara LLP have been recognized as “Leading Ladies” of the commercial real estate and development community by Real Estate Weekly.
New York, NY (August 15, 2016) - Zetlin and De Chiara LLP is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys were named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Ranked attorneys reflect the high level of respect earned among other leading lawyers and clients within their communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.
- 11.12.2012Retailer Sues Hartz Mountain Over Harmon Cove ClosureNJBIZ
- 05.01.2008Small Change Makes a Big DifferenceNew Jersey & Company Magazine
- 02.22.2007Kindness on schedule at stationThe Star-Ledger
Zetlin & De Chiara Celebrated Our 30th Aniversary!
Loryn Riggiola, Partner
Loryn Riggiola, Partner will join a panel discussion on the Design Build process. The panel will include NYC DOT’s Tanvi Pandya, PE, DBIA, Executive Director of Design-Build (Bridges) as well as members of WBC’s Design Build Committee who will share their insights and perspectives on best practices for MWBEs as well as managing risk on these type of projects.
- 11.08.2021Champion or Challenger - How the DRB Process is Viewed Through the Lens of the Designer and EngineerVirtual
Loryn Riggiola, Partner
Loryn Riggiola, Partner will speak as a member of a panel at The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation 25th Annual Connections Conference on November 8-10, 2021. The conference will address The "New" P3: Past, Present and Post-Pandemic DBs.
The panel, Champion or Challenger - How the DRB Process is Viewed Through the Lens of the Designer and Engineer will address how engineers / designers think about the DRB process.
We often hear from project owners, CMs, and contractors, but what do the engineers / designers think about the DRB process? A panel of major project designers will discuss this perspective.
Ali Chaudhry, Senior Vice President, AECOM
Ed Hunter, Technical Advisor, HNTB
Matthew Neuringer, Senior Associate, Orrick Law Firm
Loryn Riggiola, Partner,Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
David Ryan, Senior Vice President-Boston, AECOM
Loryn Riggiola, Partner
Loryn Riggiola, Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, joins a panel on June 10, 2021, 1:30-2:30 entitled Understand the Arbitral Decision-Making Model and What Advocates Can Do to Protect the Award. This panel will dicuss the differing arbitral decision-making philosophies and recent challenges to arbitral awards. The application of law, equity, fairness, and justness can serve as a means by which an arbitrator can reach a decision. Each model has its own unique characteristics, and understanding these approaches and their limits is key to avoiding improper or frustrating outcomes in arbitration. Along with the arbitrator, advocates have a role to play in the rendering of an enforceable award, and all participants should have an appreciation for the nature of recent challenges to arbitral awards. The panel will also offer practical tips for drafting arbitration agreements, conducting discovery, and the presentation of evidence to assist arbitrators in making enforceable awards.
- 08.15.2019Partner Loryn R. Riggiola Spoke at the American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute ResolutionThe American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR)
Loryn Riggiola - Partner
Aisha Nadar - Consultant, Advokatfirman Runeland AB, Board Member, FIDIC; Levi W. Barrett - Senior Counsel, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.; Albert Bates, Jr. - Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Kenneth W. Cobleigh, Esq. - Managing Director and Counsel, The American Institute of Architects
Partner Loryn P. Riggiola spoke on the panel “Understanding the Dispute Management Provisions Pursuant to the FIDIC and Other Industry Form Contract Documents and their Application to Mega Projects – An International and Domestic Construction ADR Overview ” at the American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR).
Loryn Riggiola, Moderator
- 06.2014Healthcare Master Builders DiscussionHarvard Club
- 10.2013What Does Design Build Mean in New York State?Arup
- 06.27.2012JuiceTank Inaugural Conference: Anatomy of Decision-Making Success
- 05.08.2012Third Annual Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference, Decision-Making: Negotiate, Decide, Act
- 10.13.201126th Annual Conference & Exposition for Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises: Contracts Agreements
- 06.16.2011Complying with Federal Mortgage Lending Laws, Defending Mortgage Lenders and Brokers, Issues with Receivers and Ancillary Procedures to Protect Loss and Practical Alternatives to Foreclosure
- 05.09.2011Groundbreaking Women in Construction - Managing Complex Projects: Best Practices Here & Abroad
- 04.15.2010National Leadership Conference for Women in Construction - Looking Ahead: The New Leader, Hammer, Heels and Heart
- 12.08.2005Construction Superconference - Electronic Information: How to get it, how to use it and how it will make or break your claim
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.
- 05.2014New Jersey Law Journal
- 03.04.2013Social Media: From Computer to CourtroomThe Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
- 02.01.2011E-Discovery Takes a Turn – Charting the Course to Discovery from Social NetworksThe Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
- 05.01.2009Successfully Managing a Troubled Construction ProjectThe Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.
Ramapo College of New Jersey, B.S.
- New York
- New Jersey
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia