Event: PLI 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute
Speaker: James Terry
Date: December 04, 2017
Time: 08:45AM — 05:00PM
Location: PLI New York Center- 1177 Avenue of the Americas

2018 construction issues:
• Selecting the proper delivery system
• Update on the AIA 2017 Family of Construction Documents
• Critical risk-shifting provisions in construction contracts, including a discussion on dispute resolution clauses
• Issues with inconsistent treatment across jurisdictions
• Public Private Partnerships – the trend in construction



Event: Commercial Observer's The New Face of Downtown
Speaker: Michael Zetlin
Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 07:30AM — 10:30AM
Location: 195 Broadway, New York, NY

Downtown Manhattan contunies to flourish as large development and revitalization projects finally come to fruition. Driven by competitive rents, creative firms and TAMI tenants have flocked downtown, changing the face of a neighborhood once dominated by the finance industry. In response, savvy owners are making significant capital improvements to court tenants and compete with new inventory. The New Face of Downtown will examine how owners small and large are taking advantange of the renewed interest in New York City's venerable downtown, what's working and what's not, and how downtown landlords are competing with other large-scale projects in Midtown and Hudson Yards.

Event: The Future of Labor in Construction: The Conversation Continues
Speaker: Michael De Chiara, Carlo Scissura, Michael Apuzzo, Jay Badame, Louis Coletti, Sabrina Kanner, Gary LaBarbera, Charles Murphy, Larry Roman, and Robert Sanna.
Date: November 02, 2017
Time: 08:00AM — 10:00AM
Location: The Union League Club

Event: Commercial Observer's Brooklyn Queens Event
Speaker: Michael Zetlin, Co-Founding Partner
Date: October 31, 2017
Time: 08:15AM — 11:15AM
Location: Dock 72, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn and Queens continue to make headlines as new development and investment in the boroughs surge. With many prime locations already under development, panelists will examine what neighborhoods and asset classes are hot (or not), office supply and demand, concerns over infrastructure, key policy initiatives and why Brooklyn and Queens will continue to flourish for years to come.

Attendees will also hear firsthand from companies that moved from Manhattan to the boroughs, including what factors influenced their decision to relocate, while getting an exclusive sneak peek of Dock 72, the much-anticipated tech-focused office building rising at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

Event: Leadership Lunch: Risky Business - What Marketing Leaders Need to Know to Position Their Firms in High-Risk A/E/C Environment
Speaker: Michael De Chiara, Co-Founding Partner
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 12:00PM — 12:00AM
Location: iGuzzini Showroom, 60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10010

The design and construction industry is hugely complex and inherently uncertain. Projects are unique in terms of program, site, budget, schedule, and client goals. Identification, assessment, prioritization, and management of risk is often overlooked by leaders in our industry, opening firms to professional liability. Contracts are the cornerstone of our business, so better understanding of contractual liabilities, legal exposure created under contract, and knowledge of what to do when contract disputes arise, can help limit this exposure. This panel discussion will educate marketing leaders on risk and help them become better champions for risk management best practice.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to...

  • Identify common A/E/C contractual mistakes
  • Understand rules of thumb for limiting liability
  • Become knowledgeable about risk mitigation resources available to all firms
  • Summarize A/E/C staff responsibilities in the risk management process

Event: ACECNJ Fall Conference 2017
Speaker: Timothy Hegarty, Partner
Date: September 25, 2017
Time: 10:30AM — 11:30AM
Location: Tropicana , Atlantic City, NJ

Timothy Hegarty, ACECNJ’s General Counsel, and Rob Hughes, Partner at Ames Gough, will lead a discussion regarding critical issues of importance facing ACECNJ’s Member Firms.

Join Tim and Rob on Monday, September 25th at 10:30 AM for an hour to discuss, share and explore these key legal issues:

  • QBS Attacks in NJ – RFPs that violate the Law
  • Broad Indemnity & Defense Provisions From Agencies – Legislative Action Required
  • Dispute Resolution Minefield
  • Insurance Hot Topics
  • Q&A

Speaker: Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner
Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 02:15PM — 02:45PM
Location: Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

How to Avoid Work Delays, Cost Overruns and Quality Issues : Selecting the Right Project Delivery System; Establishing a Realistic Budget; Assembling the Right Project Team; Creating Documentation Protocols; Scheduling Strategies; As-Built Conditions; BIM; Sustainable Construction. 


Event: THE CURE The 2017 Healthcare Construction Report
Speaker: Michael Zetlin, Founding Partner
Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 08:30AM — 12:30PM
Location: The CUNY Graduate Center

As new healthcare policies and innovations are implemented, demand for new healthcare facilities and upgrades is growing. Further, an aging U.S. population, new technologies, rising demand for single occupancy rooms and increased healthcare consumerism are more and more shaping decisions about new hospital locations, design and functionality. Speakers from the healthcare construction industry will discuss the effects of these trends, and the uncertainty that financial concerns and government policy changes bring. 

Event: Outlook 2017: The Future of Labor in Construction
Speaker: Michael K. De Chiara, Richard T. Anderson, Jay Badame, Sabrina Kanner, Gary LaBarbera, Steve McGinnis, Joseph G. Mizzi, Charles F. Murphy, Edward V. Piccinich
Date: May 31, 2017
Time: 08:00AM — 10:00AM
Location: Union League Club

Understanding all sides of the construction conundrum will help participants develop a way forward. Complex, urban construction requires highly-skilled labor in order to build safely and efficiently. Yet, rising costs have driven many of New York's leading owner/developers to eo employ less expensive, non-union labor particularly in the residential sector.

Event: Commercial Observer's Midtown Means Business Breakfast
Speaker: Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner
Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 07:30AM — 11:00AM
Location: 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019

With constantly changing real estate dynamics, one thing is for certain: Midtown is here to stay.

With its convenient commute and central location, the city’s largest commercial real estate submarket continues to play host to the most diverse talent pool in the country. As the tenant mix evolves, and leasing activity is driven from a wider group of industries, owners are finding innovative ways to appeal to the broadest universe of prospective tenants to ensure that Midtown continues to be a go-to destination for decades to come.

Event: American College of Construction Lawyers, Annual Meeting
Speaker: Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner
Date: March 16, 2017
Time: 08:00AM — 05:00AM
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Georgia

3rd Annual EPC Contract Management Meeting, American College of Construction Lawyers, Annual Meeting

The Potentially Catastophic Design Error: What to Do About It.

An exploration of the issues that arise when a designer relizes that its design, whether within the standard of care or not, may be subject to a catastrophic failure. The panel will discuss the mechanics of disclosure, ethical condsiderations for counsel and other professionals, insurance repercussions, and control over the solution.


Eileen M. Diepenbrock, Moderator, Sacremento, CA
Mark Heley, Minneapolis, MN
Michael Zetlin, New York, NY



Event: P3C Public-Private Partnership Conference 2017
Speaker: Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner
Date: February 28, 2017
Time: 10:15AM — 12:00PM
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Dallas

Social P3s – Structuring the Transaction and Adapting Private Sector Experience



Event: ACEC Winter Meeting-CFO Forum
Speaker: Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 02:00PM — 12:00AM
Location: Albany Marriott, Albany, New York

Event: American Council of Engineering Companies-CFO Forum
Speaker: Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 12:00AM — 12:00AM
Location: Albany Marriott, Albany, New York

Zetlin & De Chiara Managing Partner Michael J. Vardaro, LEED AP, joined Patricia Harris, LEED AP, CEO and Founder of LicenseSure, to discuss “Multijurisdictional Practices: An Exploration of the Financial, Legal and Marketing Issues related to Providing Services through Multiple Entities” at the 2017 winter meeting of the New York Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, CFO Forum.


The discussion addressed the practical implications of individual state laws and regulatory board rules that apply to firms providing professional services in multiple jurisdictions, in addition to the financial, marketing and branding issues that these firms face. Multijurisdictional practice challenges such as requirements for authorization that impact ownership, director and officer structures; signing, sealing and stamping drawings; creating cohesive branding  and marketing programs; and management of payroll and benefits were explored

Event: Commercial Observer: Pulse Healthcare Conference
Speaker: Michael Zetlin-Moderator
Date: November 10, 2016
Time: 08:00AM — 01:30PM
Location: CUNY Graduate Center, NYC

Strategies for Growth
Whether you are a large general contractor, a smaller sub, an engineer, an architect, or a facilities manager…you touch some part of a project. The presenters (from various size companies) will share their experiences working on a major healthcare facility in the area. From the overall design, to the inner work that keeps a facility functioning and everything in between, you will learn how their work has helped with growing business and overall customer satisfaction.

  • Moderator:  Michael S. Zetlin, Esq., Founding Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
  • William Allan MRICS, Vice President - Project Executive, Hunter Roberts      Construction Group
  • Anita Konfederak, Vice President, Merritt Engineering Consultants, PC
  • Donna J. Ryan-Rose, Assistant Vice President, Capital Projects, Physical Assets, Northwell Health

Event: ABA Forum on Construction Law
Speaker: Carol Patterson, Senior Partner
Date: November 04, 2016
Time: 08:00AM — 05:00PM
Location: Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue, NY

Fundamentals of Construction Law-Learning from the Pros is a comprehensive survey of construction law ideally suited for young and newly minted construction lawyers, experienced practioners who have the occassional contruction case or transaction, general counsel-as well as construction industry executives, project managers, designers, surety and insurance professionals. 

Event: Bisnow: NY Construction & Development
Speaker: Michael Vardaro-Moderator
Date: November 01, 2016
Time: 07:30AM — 11:00AM
Location: Espace, 635 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036

In a city where space is at a minimum and costs are at a premium, developing new space can often mean thinking outside of the box. Join innovative panelists as they talk about everything from virtual design and construction, to the strategies that are keeping office space competitive in the long run.  

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Fireside Chat
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Design & Construction Trends
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Financing & Development Outlook
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Post Game Networking

Event: The High Line Effect, CREW Network, Convention and Marketplace
Speaker: Jaime Nardiello-Moderator
Date: October 20, 2016
Time: 02:15PM — 03:15PM
Location: New York Hilton Midtown

Jaimee Nardiello, Zetlin & De Chiara, is moderating a panel on the conversion of unused and abandoned spaces into new, usable concepts. The panelists will highlight strategies and the planning involved in the conversion, the impact on adjoining commercial real estate and provide a look to the future. 

Event: Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)
Speaker: Ray Mellon, Senior Partner
Date: October 05, 2016
Time: 09:00AM — 05:00PM
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Event: Anatomy of Construction Arbitration
Speaker: Jaimee Nardiello- Panelist
Date: September 12, 2016
Time: 09:00AM — 05:00PM
Location: Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway, Edison NJ

Covering: Pre-Arbitration Issues; Commencement of Arbitration; Preliminary Hearings; Hearings; Awards and Enforcements; Ethics.

Event: Social Public Private Partnerships - A New Tool for Real Estate Development
Speaker: Michael Likosky
Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 08:00AM — 10:00AM
Location: Club 101, 101 Park Avenue, NYC

Event: Transformative Projects Transformative Issues
Speaker: Daniel R. Garodnick
Date: June 18, 2015
Time: 08:00AM — 10:30AM
Location: Club 101 - 101, Park Avenue New York, NY 10178

Event: Building Brooklyn
Speaker: Eric L. Adams
Date: June 04, 2015
Time: 07:30AM — 11:00AM
Location: The Harvard Club, New York City

Event: 2017 Succession Planning & Transition Planning Forum:
Speaker: Zetlin & De Chiara
Date: November 30, -0001
Time: 12:00AM — 12:00AM
Location: Anchin Executive Conference Center