Jaimee Nardiello > Zetlin & De Chiara LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

Work Department

Construction Law
Commercial Litigation


Transactional Contract Negotiation
Environmental/Energy Laws


Jaimee L. Nardiello, a Partner with Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, protects the rights of design professionals, contractors, owners, developers and other members of the industry in litigation. An active litigator, Ms. Nardiello focuses her practice on disputes involving construction, contract, and environmental/energy laws. She manages cases from inception through trial, developing and executing strategy, and advocating on behalf of clients in court.

She also represents clients in commercial litigation –winning dismissals, mitigating liability, and preserving reputations. She negotiates contracts in transactions for high-profile construction projects. Ms. Nardiello also advocates for design professionals in complex intellectual property disputes.


Ms. Nardiello is the Chair of the Design Division of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law and the Program Chair. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Real Estate Women of New York (CREW). Ms. Nardiello is the president-elect of CREW New York.

She has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer, after being named a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star. Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York named her to its “Top 20 Under 40” list in 2013. She was also named a Fellow of the American Bar Association.


New York Law School, J.D.
Marist College, B.S.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

Boutique New York construction firm Zetlin & De Chiara LLP acts for developers, owners, architects, engineers, construction managers and contractors. Founding partners Michael Zetlin and Michael De Chiara are ‘superb litigators’ and ‘deliver results‘; De Chiara recently represented Handel Architects and DeSimone Consulting Engineers in a high-profile construction dispute relating to the Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Issues with the tower are highly publicized, and the firm represents the clients in multiple actions totaling over $100m. The team includes ‘excellent‘ managing partner Michael Vardaro, who is ‘outstanding in his representation of clients and his knowledge of the law‘, in addition to of counsel Louis Dennis and associate Anthony Riverso. Vardaro also advised Shop Architects as one of the primary contractors on a new $1bn inner city mixed-use development project in Detroit. James Terry, who is ‘extremely good at juggling a busy practice‘, was part of the team negotiating and drafting construction and lease agreements for the conversion of the former Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility to a social services facility. He was supported by Carol Patterson, seen by some as ‘one of the leaders in construction law‘. Terry, as well as associates Richard Kalinowski and Chengdong Xing, was also part of a team led by Zetlin that represented a national real estate developer in disputes connected to the renovation of a transportation facility in Manhattan. Also highly recommended are senior associate Joeann Walker and Raymond Mellon, who has ‘developed strong credentials with the design community‘, and Bill Chimos, Jaimee Nardiello and associate Roy Schwartz, who are ‘all excellent and provide great value for their services‘.