Tara B. Mulrooney is a partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP. Ms. Mulrooney has an extensive background in representing owners, including developers, real estate investment trusts, luxury retailers, employee benefit funds, major professional sports leagues, cultural and educational institutions, hotel operators and high net worth individuals, as well as architectural and engineering firms, in drafting and negotiating a full range of construction related agreements. Examples of the types of contracts in which she is involved include those for project development, construction management, general contracting, project management, architectural and engineering, project consultants, interior design, and related non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements for multi-family residential projects, hotels, office buildings, mixed use projects, art galleries, educational and cultural institutions, health care facilities, and high-end residential projects.
She also negotiates license and access agreements between project owners and owners of properties adjacent to construction projects. Ms. Mulrooney provides counsel with respect to risk management strategies and issues arising during the course of construction, including payment disputes, termination rights, change order resolution, mechanic’s lien claims, violations, delays, construction deficiencies and property damage claims.
In addition to providing legal representation in transactional matters and counsel in connection with risk management strategies and construction issues, Ms. Mulrooney has litigated numerous complex, multi-party construction cases. Her experience litigating and mediating claims of alleged negligence, breach of contract, construction defects and delays, on behalf of both owners and design professionals, gives her unique insight into many issues that arise in contract preparation.
The following are select representative matters:
News & Events
- 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.
- 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."
- 06.10.2021Legal 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.
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.
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.
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.
Eight Firms Join Forces to Form the Workwell Coalition to Rejuvenate the Office
- 04.28.2020Steel Institute of America
Construction sites close down for emergencies—whether or not everyone involved is ready. The COVID-19 lockdown adds new forms of operational and legal uncertainty. Yet a shutdown needn’t be a disaster: it’s time to plan, anticipate potential problems, and upgrade procedures.
Partner Tara Mulrooney featured in NYREJ's 2019 Women in Real Estate
Tara Mulrooney's return to Zetlin & De Chiara LLP has been featured in Real Estate Weekly, GlobeSt.com, CityBizList, The Mann Report, New York Law Journal, Bloomberg Big Law Business, and Law 360.
As a recently appointed woman partner practicing real estate and construction law at Zetlin & De Chiara, Tara Mulrooney emphasizes that professional women should find mentors. She also advises women to specialize and build an expertise early on in an area for which they have a passion.
Zetlin & De Chiara's newest partner returned to the boutique construction law firm after a number of years with much larger general practice firms.
Tara Mulrooney, Partner
Tara Mulrooney, Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara, moderated a panel of industry experts at the Commercial Observer’s recent Life Science Forum. The panelists, representatives from different constituencies in the life sciences market, were:
• Susie Harboth, EVP, Business Operations Breakthrough Properties;
• Matthew Weir, EVP, Taconic Properties;
• Shara Ticku, CEO & Co-Founder, C16 Biosciences; and
• Peter Schubert, Design Partner, Ennead Architects.
The discussion focused on the unique needs of start-up and early stage life science companies and what developers, landlords and the City can do to make New York a destination for these enterprises.
Tara Mulrooney, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; Mitch Simpler-JB&B; Joanna Frank-Center for Active Design; Christopher Sharples-SHoP Architects; Andrew Demming-Gardiner & Theobold
The Post Pandemic Office: Perspectives on the New Normal. A recording of the webinar, Panelists' Questions & Answers and a Program Summary can found be below.
Tara Mulrooney, Partner
Join Tara Mulrooney, Partner, as she participates in an interactive discussion with a panel of lawyers, architects and construction professionals as they explore ways to navigate the issues facing projects in the age of COVID-19.
On October 7, 2021, the New York City Council passed sweeping updates to the City’s building codes. The comprehensive revision to the Codes contains 600 major updates and thousands of smaller changes, intended to improve safety and incorporate the latest in building technologies.
The code revisions are the first holistic update to the entire set of NYC Administrative, Plumbing, Building, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes since 2014. The revisions were drafted by technical committees comprised of engineers, architects, attorneys, planners, tradespeople, representatives of the construction industry, labor, real estate industry, utility companies, as well as DOB and interagency stakeholders.
Cities with their dense population, crowded public transportation system and busy high-rise office buildings, presents many challenges in the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19. As Governors across the country prepare for the return to the workplace, employers and building owners have embarked on plans for re-opening the office.
On May 5, 2020, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP hosted a webinar that discussed the Post Pandemic Office. The expert panel including, Mitch Simpler-JB&B, Andrew Demming-Gardiner & Theobold, Joanna Frank-Center for Active Design, Christopher Sharples-SHoP Architects, and moderated by Z&D Partner Tara Mulrooney, offered its perspectives on what steps should be taken immediately and how offices might change in the future.
Cities with their dense populations, crowded public transportation systems and busy high-rise office buildings, present many challenges in the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19. As Governors across the country prepare for the return to the workplace, employers and building owners have embarked on plans for re-opening the office.
On May 5, 2020, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP hosted a webinar that discussed the Post Pandemic Office. The expert panel including, Mitch Simpler, Jaros, Baum & Bolles, Andrew Demming-Gardiner & Theobold, Joanna Frank-Center for Active Design, Christopher Sharples-SHoP Architects, and moderated by Z&D Partner Tara Mulrooney, offered its perspectives on what steps should be taken immediately and how offices might change in the future.
Community & Professional
- Urban Land Institute Mentorship Program
- REBNY Zoning and Design Committee
- Urban Land Institute
St. John's University School of Law, J.D.
Georgetown University, B.A., cum laude
- New York
- U.S. District Court, New York, Southern District
- U.S. District Court, New York, Eastern District