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 contracts, claims, arbitration, mediation, and surety law. For over 20 years, Mr. Hegarty has counseled owners, developers, institutional clients, lenders, private equity firms, owner’s representatives, architects, engineers, construction managers, general contractors, and various trade contractors. He has drafted and negotiated complex design and construction contracts collectively worth in many billions of dollars involving both the traditional delivery methods as well as construction management, design-build, integrated project delivery and public private partnerships. Mr. Hegarty has received accolades for his efforts from his clients by helping them negotiate contracts, prevent and resolve large construction claims for their projects located across the United States and internationally. Mr. Hegarty also has litigated construction cases in Federal and State Courts. In other words, Mr. Hegarty assists clients with their design and construction related legal issues from concept design through post-project completion by anticipating and addressing issues, outcomes and consequences that could impact their project.
Mr. Hegarty teaches "Legal Issues in Building Construction" in his role as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and advises on issues relating to the design and construction of major projects including redevelopment, adjacent property issues such as license agreements and disputes concerning change orders, additional services, liquidated damages, delays, payment and performance bond issues, mechanic’s liens, cumulative impact claims, lost productivity, acceleration and inefficiency claims for projects of all types including large office and mixed-use commercial developments, residential communities, universities, healthcare, 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 unique strategic advantage over many other attorneys to effectively evaluate claims and prevent and resolve disputes.
In addition, Mr. Hegarty is General Counsel to the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey. He also volunteers his time to serve as a member of the Glen Ridge Planning Board where he has also served as the Acting Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Hegarty 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 professional articles for various publications including the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Hegarty has also served as a visiting lecturer at Columbia University, Manhattan College, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Polytech University and New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Hegarty holds the notable AV Preeminent Peer Review rating for ethical standards and legal acumen from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America as a leading litigator in construction law. He maintains offices in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Hegarty received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Rutgers College of Engineering. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law.