Zetlin & De Chiara Expands with Three New Hires

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NEW YORK (January 29, 2018) – Zetlin & De
Chiara LLP today announced that Elissa Rossi has joined the firm as an Associate
Principal and Chengdong (C.D.) Xing and Anthony Riverso have joined as law

“We are extremely fortunate to have Elissa, C.D.
and Anthony join us as we embark on 2018. 
They will undoubtedly strengthen our team with their unique perspectives
and experience,” said Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner of Zetlin & De

Elissa most recently served as an Executive
Director at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where she
established a new unit within the agency to enforce compliance with property
tax exemption and affordable housing laws.  She also worked as an Assistant Attorney
General in the Enforcement Section at the Office of the Attorney General in the
Real Estate Finance Bureau. Additionally, she has experience as both a
litigation and contract attorney in a broad array of practice areas.

Elissa graduated with a J.D. from the
University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of

C.D. served as Legal Counsel for China State
Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd (CSCEC) from 2011-2016, advising infrastructure,
real estate, and construction projects, coordinating mergers and acquisitions,
negotiating disputes, and dealing with construction litigations and
arbitrations. His projects included a bridge-and-tunnel P3, Hangzhou
International EXPO Center, Shanghai Pudong Huinan Affordable Public Housing
Development and successful outcomes in cases involving multi-million-dollar
alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation.

A graduate of East China University of
Political Science and Law in Shanghai, C.D. earned an LL.M. from New York
University Law School in 2017, majoring in international dispute resolution and
cross-border transaction. His practice will focus on complex construction
disputes and contractual matters. C.D. is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese and

A recent graduate, Anthony holds both a J.D.
and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. He has been published twice by
New York Law Journal with articles entitled “Priority of Insurance in Construction
Accidents” and “Proper Objections at a Personal Injury Deposition.”

Anthony also holds a B.A. in Political
Science from Pennsylvania State University.


Zetlin & De Chiara

Zetlin &
De Chiara LLP
, a leading construction law firm, provides sophisticated
legal counsel and business advice to real estate owners and developers as well
as architecture and engineering firms in the New York Metropolitan area and
around the country.  Many of its attorneys
have direct experience with construction and design issues through their work
as in-house construction counsel, education and training as architects and
engineers, and by earning LEED accreditation. The firm provides counsel
throughout the planning, design, and construction process — from drafting and
negotiating contracts to advising on risk management strategies.  Zetlin & De Chiara represents clients in
litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and also advises on business
formation, licensing and corporate issues.

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