Contract Negotiation & Preparation


An effective and comprehensive contract is the foundation of a successful construction project. Zetlin & De Chiara has long been recognized as the preeminent firm in drafting and negotiating construction contractions and other agreements on behalf of Design Professionals, Real Estate Owners and Developers, Sub-Consultants, Construction Managers, and Owner's Representatives.

The contract development process begins with the client. We take the time to learn your objectives, concerns, and expectations. We thoroughly evaluate the implications, identify potentially unforeseen consequences of complex contract provisions, and capitalize on our clients' strongest points of leverage. The result is an agreement tailored to meet a client's needs in order to build a successful project.

Our attorneys produce contracts that allocate risk and responsibilities, anticipate and prevent ambiguities, as well as provide mechanisms to avoid disputes arising from contract performance. We are familiar with all construction delivery methods, including design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), as well as the full range of public and private sector construction projects, including commercial, infrastructure, industrial, residential, institutional, retail, and mixed-use.

Zetlin & De Chiara is also well-versed in project labor agreements and often advises on their suitability and practicality for particular projects.


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