The comprehensive business approach of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP has earned its attorneys and their work product some of the most sought-after recognition in the legal and construction fields. The firm has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA and Best Lawyers, while many of our attorneys have been rewarded the Martin Hubbell AV rating and have been recognized in New York Super Lawyers.

The firm and its attorneys have been recognized by various publications in honor of their successes and achievements. Given that most of these awards rely on client recommendations, they speak directly to the exceptional level of client service and strong business insight our attorneys provide.

Chambers USA

The firm has been recognized as a leading construction firm in New York since 2006. Attorneys Michael De Chiara, Carol Patterson, and Michael Zetlin have consistently been selected as leading lawyers.

Chambers USA 2013 edition:

  • Michael Zetlin is praised as “a very sophisticated problem solver” and “as good as it gets” when it comes to construction specialists.
  • Michael De Chiara is described as a “very strong advocate for his clients.”
  • Carol Patterson is touted as “a wonderful lawyer” who is “great to work with.”

Best Lawyers

Zetlin & De Chiara was named a Best Law Firm by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® since 2012. The firm placed in top tiers on both the National and New York City Regional lists for its work in the areas of Construction Law and Construction Litigation. 

Best Lawyers® also lists the firm's senior partners, Michael S. Zetlin, Michael K. De Chiara, Raymond T. Mellon, and Carol J. Patterson, as well as partners Timothy F. Hegarty and James J. Terry, as individual Best Lawyers in Construction Law and Construction Litigation.

"Michael Zetlin is at the top of construction industry attorneys practicing in New York City and across the United States. His effectiveness is based on thorough preparation, attention to detail, and an excellent reputation in the building community. He commands respect in everything he does and has been an outstanding General Counsel of the New York Building Congress, among numerous other outside activities."
- Richard Anderson, New York Building Congress

"Mr. De Chiara'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. De Chiara'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. De Chiara."
- Ed Bernstein, Tetra Tech Inc.

New York Super Lawyers

Michael De Chiara, Raymond Mellon, Jaimee Nardiello, Carol Patterson, James Rowland, James Terry, Michael Vardaro and Michael Zetlin have all been recognized by their peers, in Construction/Surety or Construction Litigation, for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers. Additionally, Joeann Walker has been recognized by Super Lawyers Rising Stars.  

Legal 500 USA

Legal 500 USA Guide, which recognizes the top 500 law firms in the United States, has named Zetlin & De Chiara as a top regional construction law firm in the nation. The firm’s attorneys were described as "invariably timely in their responsiveness and creative in their thinking." Michael De Chiara was recognized and selected in 2008 as one of the five leading construction litigators in the country.

Martindale Hubbell/AV-Rated

The firm has been awarded the highest peer review rating, the AV. An AV rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that the firm is ranked at the highest level of professional excellence.