Building and the Building Next Door Panel - Dec 3

We want to invite you to a panel discussion, moderated by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Senior Partner Michael De Chiara, entitled "Building and the Building Next Door." The event will take place on Friday, December 3, at 9:00 AM EST, at the Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street, NY, NY -- and virtually.
The session is co-sponsored by Zetlin & De Chiara, Arup, ACEC New York, and AIA NYS.
Owner/developers, engineers, and architects face significant liability when their project causes damage to a neighboring property. A distinguished panel of forensic engineers and lawyers will discuss how building design and construction, particularly the geo-technical issues, can give rise to liability, and how that risk can be mitigated.

The panelists will include:
·         Leo Argiris, Arup
·         Michael De Chiara, Zetlin & De Chiara
·         Joseph Dennis, Arup
·         Stephen DeSimone, DeSimone Consulting Engineers
·         Ray Mellon, Zetlin & De Chiara

The panel is scheduled from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. preceded by breakfast at 8:30 for in-person attendees.
The program will cover:
·         Legal and engineering approaches for major projects that entail geo-technical risks and potential adjacent property liability.
·         Understanding the impacts of major projects on surrounding buildings and local transportation.
·         How owners of adjacent buildings can mitigate their risks. 
·         Methods for analyzing risks.
·         Insuring the project for damages etc. to adjacent properties.
·         Case studies.
Michael De Chiara, one of the pre-eminent construction lawyers in the country, was involved in negotiating and drafting the contracts for many of New York’s iconic developments including the rebuild of the World Trade Center, and Hudson Yards. He has represented clients in some of the most high-profile construction litigations of the last 20 years and is the only construction attorney in private practice who has represented the Federal General Services Administration. He has also successfully represented the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in several major litigations, and the United Nations in developing their model design build agreement to be used throughout the world.
Raymond T. Mellon is a leading construction litigator and experienced trial lawyer and a recognized authority on the issues associated with building in New York City's urban environment where the proximity of the “Building Next Door” requires knowledge of complex safety and licensing issues. He was selected as a 2020 Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal for his early recognition of the potential use of RPAPL 881, a then under-utilized New York State Law that allows a court to grant a temporary license to access a neighboring property to perform work and install necessary protection work. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the architectural profession.