Corporate Law


Zetlin & De Chiara LLP understands that operating a business within the construction industry has unique legal concerns and challenges. Our attorneys often serve as general business counsel, offering specific guidance on how to prevent legal problems and protect your business when issues do arise.

We help clients form and maintain new entities, prepare shareholder agreements or navigate ownership transitions as part of restructuring or in connection with a merger/acquisition.


News & Events


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    Architectural Record

    The office of Richard Meier & Partners is announcing today that the practice, begun by the award-winning architect in 1963, will now be called Meier Partners, and that its 86-year-old founder is officially retiring. Under a leadership restructuring plan, George H. Miller, former managing partner at Pei, Cobb, Freed, becomes COO, and Dukho Yeon, who has been at the Meier office for 30 years, will be lead designer. Both Miller and Yeon have been named partners, each with equity in the company. Michael De Chiara, Senior Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara counseled the firm through its transition and is quoted in the article.


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    Patricia Harris, Special Counsel

    Patricia Harris, Zetlin & De Chiara Special Counsel, will speak at the Small Firm Symposium, sponsored by AIA NYS, AIA New Jersey, and AIA Pennsylvania. She will discuss Ownership Transitions.

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    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Patricia Harris, LEED AP, Special Counsel, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; Founder and CEO, Licensure LLC

    Elena Brescia, RLA, FASLA

    Lina Telese, Hon. AIA- General Counsel, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, and Patricia Harris, Special Counsel, will speak on a panel, Business Up Front: Contracts and Compliance at the ASLA SKILL | ED program. The panelists will share their expertise regarding the practical challenges faced by all design professionals when they establish their own practices.

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    Center for Architecture

    Paticia Harris, Special Counsel, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Dynishal Gross, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business

    Abner Larrieux, President, A.L. Consulting

    Nancy Goshow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Goshow Architects (Moderator)

    Puzzled by the process of applying for M/WBE certification? Wondering what you need to qualify? Don’t know where to start? Join the AIANY Women in Architecture and Diversity and Inclusion Committees for a panel discussion with experts from NYC agencies to answer these questions and clarify the certification process.

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