Practice areas

Construction Litigation: Business, Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business/Corporate, Employment & Labor: Employee, Intellectual Property

Focus areas

Construction Defects, Contracts

James J. Terry, an attorney, holds the position of a partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP law firm, primarily operating from their New York City office. With over 42 years of extensive legal expertise, Mr. Terry is a distinguished trial lawyer, highly acclaimed and awarded, providing exceptional legal guidance to clients in the greater New York City metropolitan region and its environs who require assistance in construction law matters.

Over the span of his illustrious legal career, Mr. Terry has established himself as a renowned authority in the field of construction law, having handled a multitude of cases encompassing construction defect claims, bid protests, delays, lost productivity, cumulative impact claims, and various related issues. In addition to his successful litigation practice, he regularly engages in negotiating and drafting legally binding contracts for his clients, carefully delineating the responsibilities of all involved parties.

Furthermore, Mr. Terry possesses extensive experience in dealing with performance and payment bond agreements, and he is well-versed in handling appellate matters. Leveraging his profound legal acumen, he has authored articles and conducted numerous lectures and seminars locally and nationally on a wide array of legal topics, particularly focusing on construction law and related subjects.

Recognized for his exceptional professionalism and service, Mr. Terry has earned the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, in addition to consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. He has garnered numerous other prestigious rankings and endorsements from his peers and has been honored with the Clients’ Choice Award from Avvo.

Mr. Terry, a summa cum laude graduate of New York University, embarked on his legal career in 1978 after obtaining his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law and obtaining his license to practice from the New York State Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits.

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