ACCL Membership Directory

Michael S. Zetlin

  • Founding Partner
  • Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
  • 801 Second Avenue
  • New York, New York 10017
  • Email:
  • Phone: (212) 682-6800
  • Cell:
  • Company Phone:
  • Fax: (212) 682-6861


  • Undergraduate: B.S., Engineering Columbia University
  • Graduate: J.D. Fordham University

Professional Activities

  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Bar Foundation


  • American Arbitration Association — Arbitrator, Construction Panel
  • New York Building Congress — General Counsel & Board of Directors
  • American Institute of Architects New York City — General Counsel
  • Columbia University Industry Advisory Committee of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics — Advisory Board Member
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry — Past Governing Committee Member
  • Pratt Institute — Board of Trustees Member
  • Global Design Alliance — Board Member
  • Ort America, Inc. — Board Member

Professional Affiliations

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry,American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators,American Institute of Architects

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Speaker – “AIA Fast Track Series: Architectural Law,” AIA New York, April 2011
  • Moderator – “P3s: The Next Generation of Sustainable Development,” Zetlin & De Chiara LLP and The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Baruch College, February 2011
  • Judge – “Engineering Excellence Awards Competition,” American Council of Engineering Companies, February 2011
  • Moderator – “Your Firm: What’s It Worth?,” Zetlin & De Chiara with Anchin Block & Anchin, October 2010
  • Moderator – “Protecting Profitability: Presenting Persuasive Claims on Public Projects without Running Afoul of the False Claims Act,” Zetlin & De Chiara LLP with Hill International, September 2010
  • Speaker – “The Current Economic Crisis Affecting the Tri-State Region,” Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, McGraw-Hill and New York Construction Forum, November 2008
  • Speaker – “Legal Issues in Building Information Modeling Management,” McGraw-Hill BIM Workshop, November 2008
  • Speaker – “Ammunition for Litigation? The Collateral Use of a Construction Professional’s Violations of Licensing Regulations and Codes of Ethics,” American College of Construction Lawyers, Summer 2007


  • Co-Editor – “New York Construction Law,” Aspen Publishers
  • Author – “Public Private Partnerships Provide New Opportunities,” New York Construction Supplement, July 2010
  • Author – “How We Will Build New York: Hospitals and Healthcare,” New York Construction, August 2009
  • Author – “How We Will Build New York,” New York Construction, July 2009
  • Co-Author – “Structural Condition Assessment – Legal Issues,” Structure Magazine, August 2006
  • Chapter Author – “Limiting Exposure After 9/11/2001,” Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design, McGraw Hill Companies, 2003

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District, New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District, New York

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