Professional Licensing


Since professional licensing and registration standards vary considerably throughout the country and abroad, it is essential for all construction professionals to seek counsel on the requirements necessary to participate in particular projects.

Zetlin & De Chiara regularly advises on these issues—whether in the design professional's home jurisdiction, or in any jurisdiction where the design professional practices. This is especially important now, when most practices span multiple jurisdictions.  It is vital that a comprehensive evaluation of licensing requirements be considered in formulating an adequate corporate strategy.

Equally important to the licensed design professional is proper representation in disciplinary proceedings commenced by licensing boards and public agencies. We have appeared on our clients’ behalf in hearings before panels, boards, and agencies regarding suspension, revocation and other disciplinary measures all over the United States. 

We also leverage our longstanding relationships with counsel throughout the world to better assist you with offshore compliance issues.


News & Events


  • news
    New York Real Estate Journal

    During the last year, the focus on racial and economic inequality issues has led many design professional firms to initiate or increase the contributions of their people, resources and talents to pro bono projects. While architects
    and engineers are in a unique position to provide meaningful and tangible services, particularly with respect to physical spaces, the good intent behind such projects will not shield a firm from potential liability. In particular, it is important to consider risk management and licensing issues before embarking on a pro bono project.


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    Patricia Harris, Special Counsel

    Zetlin & De Chiara Special Counsel Patti Harris has been invited to speak on "Professional Business Entities & Licensure: Rules to Live by Whether You’re Starting Out or Growing Your Practice" on the EntreArchitect podcast Context & Clarity LIVE.

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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

    Michael J. Vardaro - Managing Partner 

    Patricia A. Harris - Special Counsel & Founder and CEO of LicenseSure LLC 

    State laws and regulations affecting architectural practice are voluminous, conflict from state to state, and can impact fundamental aspects of doing business—including licensing, entity formation, marketing, branding and solicitations. For those unaware of or failing to heed the rules, these laws and regulations can result in disciplinary proceedings. This seminar will highlight specific areas where firms, often inadvertently, breach local laws or ethical rules, and will address when regulatory authorities are likely to look for violations. 


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    ABA Forum on Construction Law | Design Professional’s Guide to Construction Law

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner and Patricia Harris, Special Counsel authored a chapter in the ABA published book,  Design Professional's Guide to Construction Law.

    Chapter Abstract: The licensing of design professionals can be a confusing patchwork quilt of disparate state regulations. States have professional boards or registration agencies that handle licensing, disciplinary proceedings and other professional matters. Most states have separate legislation and supporting regulations for the design professions such as architecture and engineering.

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