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Timothy F. Hegarty

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

Overview

Timothy F. Hegarty, a Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara, is well known for his successful litigation and transactional practice in the area of construction law with an emphasis on construction and development contracts, claims, arbitration, mediation, and surety law. Mr. Hegarty counsels property owners, developers, institutional clients, lenders, private equity firms, owner’s representatives, architects, engineers, design consultants, construction managers, general contractors, and various trade contractors. He has drafted and negotiated complex design, construction and development agreements for high-end projects involving traditional delivery methods as well as construction management, design-build, integrated project delivery and public private partnerships. Mr. Hegarty helps clients negotiate contracts, mitigate disputes that often arise during design and construction and resolves large construction claims for projects located both across the United States and internationally. Mr. Hegarty also has litigated construction cases in Federal and State Courts. Mr. Hegarty assists clients with their design and construction related legal issues from adjacent property and access license agreement related issues as well as preconstruction, demolition and from concept design through construction administration and post-project completion by anticipating and addressing common issues, outcomes and consequences that may impact their project.

Mr. Hegarty is an adjunct professor at Columbia University where he has proudly taught "Legal Issues in Building Construction" for more than ten years. He has counseled clients on projects that touch all ends of the construction built environment including redevelopment, adjacent property issues such as license agreements and disputes involving change orders, extra work, additional services, liquidated damages, delays, payment/ performance bond/ surety issues, mechanic’s liens, cumulative impact claims, lost productivity, acceleration and inefficiency claims for projects of all types including mixed-use commercial developments, residential communities, office buildings and universities, healthcare, hospitals, pharmaceutical, casinos and public projects, among others.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hegarty worked as a civil engineer on complex construction projects and developed a keen ability to read and understand plans and specifications - a highly specialized skill that provides him with a distinct advantage and perspective when evaluating claims and preventing and resolving disputes.

In addition, Mr. Hegarty is General Counsel to the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey. He also serves as a member of the Glen Ridge Planning Board where he has also served as the Acting Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Hegarty is one of the contributors to "Construction Law," Second Edition, 2019, published by the American Bar Association and is a frequent speaker before professional audiences including the ASCE, ACEC, AIA, PANYNJ and The New York City Bar Association. He has also written numerous articles for various publications including the New Jersey Law Journal. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at Manhattan College, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Polytech University and New York Institute of Technology.

Experience

Honors

Honors & Recognitions

News & Events

News

Speaking Engagements

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    Monday, September 23

    Timothy Hegarty, Partner - Moderator

    Patricia Harris, Special Counsel - Moderator 

    Timothy Hegarty to moderate "State of Alternative Project Delivery Methods" panel on Monday

    Patricia Harris to moderate "Extending Your Firm's Geographic Footprint" panel on Monday 

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    03.11.2019

    Tim Hegarty, Moderator

    Shannon Campbell - Inspira Health Network; Bill Hercules - WJH Health; Geoffrey Neumayr - San Francisco Int'l Airport Planning, Design & Construction; David Cook - Grimshaw Architects

    The increasing demand for successful project outcomes continues to drive the design and construction industry toward innovations in project delivery. Recent strategies such as Progressive Design Build and Integrated Project Delivery are rapidly evolving, and coupled with the relentless advancement of digital technologies, these delivery methods are transforming the traditional relationships among owners, architects, and builders. 

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    09.25.2017
    Timothy Hegarty, Moderator
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    Zetlin & De Chiara Partner Timothy Hegarty Presents at AIA Contracts Seminar
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    11.2012
    Construction Law and Expert Witness Issues for Forensic Engineers
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    10.2012
    Integrated Project Delivery, A Case Study
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    09.2012
    ACEC Tri-State Convention - Engineers: Doing the Right Thing
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    09.2012
    ACEC Tri-State Convention: Ethics for Engineers
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    06.2012
    Sustainable Practice Workshop
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    05.2012
    The Art of Pursuing International Work
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    02.2012
    Ethics for Engineers and Architects
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    11.2011
    Ownership Transition: Legal Issues
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    10.2011
     ACEC New Jersey Fall Business Conference - Engineer's Construction Phase Services: Pitfalls to Avoid
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    09.2011
    Construction Law and Expert Witness Issues for Forensic Engineers
    Manhattan College
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    08.2011
     Sustainable Practice Workshop: Contract Documents and Practice - Contemporary Issues & Concerns
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    05.2011
    50th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys - The Citicorp Center Project: LeMessurier Stands Tall
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    10.2010
    ACEC Fall Convention: BIM, the IPD Revolution and the Legal Issues You Need to Know
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    07.2010
    SMPS National Convention - Ownership Transition: Legal Issues
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    04.2010
    Columbia University Mentorship Program - Construction Contracts: The Basics
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    01.2010
    Design/Build, Construction Management, Contract and Specification Issues
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    09.2009
    Lorman Continuing Legal Education Program: The New AIA Construction Contracts
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    Fall 2006
    Visiting University Lecturer: Managing the Engineering and Construction Process
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    Fall 2005
    Visiting University Lecturer - Construction Disputes: Their Prevention and Resolution
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    05.2005
    Managing Construction Projects in New York
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    Fall 2004
    Visiting University Lecturer - Construction Disputes: Their Prevention and Resolution
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    05.2004
    Construction Litigation in New York
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    05.2003
    Construction Litigation in New York
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    04.2003
     AIA New York State's Spring Symposium Program: Contracts and Insurance Requirements in New York State
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    2002
    Drafting/Negotiating Owner-Architect Agreements
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    2002
    Adjunct University Faculty Construction and the Law
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    2002
     Visiting University Lecturer: Architecture and the Law

Publications

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Faculty Memberships

  • Columbia University, Adjunct Professor

Education

Rutgers School of Law, Newark, J.D.

Rutgers College of Engineering, B.S.C.E.

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

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