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NYC's Zetlin & De Chiara sets up shop in Los Angeles.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, a prominent construction law firm headquartered in New York City, recently opened a Los Angeles office and named Robert H. Shaffer, Jr. as resident partner. Mr. Shaffer, formerly of Wickwire Gavin LLP, specializes in litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction claims; construction contract drafting and negotiation; construction-related insurance coverage; and prosecution and defense of surety claims.

"With the tremendous rise of new construction projects in the West, our firm needed a presence in the California market," said Michael S. Zetlin, co-founding partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLR "We are thrilled to have Shaffer on board. He is the perfect person to have at the helm of our new west coast venture."

Shaffer has over 14 years of legal experience in the construction industry. His resume includes such successes as arbitrating extra work/delay claims for a geotechnical contractor; defending a residential developer/general contractor against a multi-million dollar claim for defects and earthquake damage; representing steel fabricators in prosecution of claims arising out of deficient plans and specifications by Caltrans on seismic up grade projects for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge; and defending a publicly-traded REIT in defense of breach of contract and fraud claims. He received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law holds an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Pepperdine University.

"Zetlin & De Chiara's expansion into the California market was meticulously planned and required the leadership of someone we felt had the integrity and experience to mirror our firm's culture," said Michael K. De Chiara, co-founding partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP. "Now that we have the appropriate partner, it is simply a matter of extending our services to the California construction community."

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP provides legal and business counseling services to members of the real estate development, design, construction industries and advises them on related matters, such as risk management.

Zetlin & De Ciara LLP clients include prominent owners and owners' representatives, developers, design professionals, government agencies, construction managers and general contractors throughout the United States.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Jun 21, 2006
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