Michael K. De Chiara - Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Michael K. De Chiara

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Michael K. De Chiara, founding Partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, is experienced in virtually all aspects of the law as it relates to the design and construction industry. In addition to litigation and contractual matters, he often advises clients on financial affairs and general business matters covering partnership law, corporate law, employment law, and professional practice matters, including ownership transition and licensing issues.

Mr. De Chiara serves as general counsel to many of the country's larger engineering and architectural firms, and represents engineers, architects, owners, developers, construction managers, contractors and other parties in the construction industry. Mr. De Chiara has successfully handled some of the largest design and construction cases in recent times and has represented clients in proceedings before the United States Senate.


Client Comments

"Michael is the smartest and toughest attorney I have ever worked with. He is an incredible advocate and an innovative thinker. He provides an overall level of guidance that is very special. He is also a creative litigator, and I am glad to have him on my side."

-Joseph Fleischer
Polshek Partnership LLP

"It is a great pleasure working with Michael De Chiara. In addition to working with Michael on day to day contracting issues, he also assists us with long term strategy of the firm. He has done a wonderful job representing this firm -- we are very pleased clients."

"Mr. DeChiara's wealth of experience in handling professional liability claims in the engineering field has been a benefit to our company in helping to resolve complicated and sometimes contentious litigation. Mr. DeChiara's experience as an engineer gives him a great insight into the various technical issues involved with the cases he has handled for us. Mr. DeChiara and the other attorneys in his firm are sensitive to controlling costs involved in our litigation. He and the other attorneys in office are very responsive to any questions presented to them. He is very knowledgeable about the appropriate experts to use and this served as an advantage to our company in many claims he has handled. I am very impressed with the professionalism and effectiveness demonstrated by Mr. DeChiara."

-Ed Bernstein
Tetra Tech Inc.

Office Location

801 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States


Practice Areas

Construction Law
Litigation - Construction