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Richard Kalinowski

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


Richard Kalinowski represents design professionals, contractors, real estate owners and real estate developers in complex litigation.  Mr. Kalinowski applies the expertise he developed while obtaining undergraduate degrees in Civil and Architectural Engineering to his legal work. Prior to joining Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, Mr. Kalinowski was a legal intern for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Litigation Department, where he worked on a number of matters including complex construction disputes.

Before attending law school, Mr. Kalinowski worked as an engineering consultant focusing on roadway, bridge and infrastructure design and construction. His work included designing and drafting construction plans and specifications for numerous infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Kalinowski is an active member of the American Bar Association, Construction Litigation Committee. 

He was selected to Crain's New York list of Rising Stars in Real Estate and to Super Lawyers 2021 Rising Stars in Construction Litigation lists. New York Real Estate Journal recognized him on its Ones to Watch list.


Honors & Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers 2021 List of Rising Stars in Construction Litigation
  • Crain's 2020 List of Rising Stars in Real Estate
  • New York Real Estate Journal 2020 Ones to Watch

News & Events


Speaking Engagements

  • event
    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.


  • publication

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we work--whether in an office or out in the field--has changed significantly, and in some cases in an extremely short amount of time--even overnight in some cases. Without available technology, this unprecedented shift would have been impossible. The abrupt, industry-wide transition to virtual working has led to a new understanding of the practicality and possibilities inherent in many new technologies. As construction sites throughout the U.S. begin reopening after shutdowns or ramping up after slowdowns or suspensions, these technologies may play an even larger role in a project's success.

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Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude

Drexel University, BS, Architectural Engineering

Drexel University, BS, Civil Engineering


  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
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