Practice areas

Construction Litigation: Business, Administrative Law, Business/Corporate, Employment & Labor: Employee, Government Contracts, Intellectual Property

Focus areas

Employment Law – Employee, Intellectual Property Law

Carol J. Patterson, a seasoned senior partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP located in New York, New York, specializes in the field of construction law. Her practice primarily caters to clients in New York City and its vicinity, where she adeptly navigates intricate legal matters, including complex litigation, contract negotiations, and risk management strategies.

With an impressive career spanning over 35 years, Ms. Patterson has successfully represented a diverse array of clients, such as architects, construction managers, contractors, developers, engineers, and investors. Her involvement in numerous significant cases has led to substantial settlements and claims, and she also serves as the general counsel for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Recognized as an authority in construction law, Ms. Patterson frequently delivers lectures at educational institutions and events. She boasts a prestigious background, having been a former fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a past president of the Commercial Real Estate Women of New York. Her outstanding contributions have earned recognition from esteemed organizations like the Association of Real Estate Women, Real Estate Forum Magazine, and the Women Builders Council. Furthermore, the National Law Journal has honored her as a “Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazer.”

Actively engaged in the American Bar Association, Ms. Patterson has previously held positions on various committees within the association. She maintains memberships in several prominent legal and professional organizations, including the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York Building Congress, and the Urban Land Institute. Additionally, she holds an affiliate membership with the American Institute of Architects New York.

Ms. Patterson’s educational journey includes a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She is licensed to practice law in all New York state courts, the U.S. district courts for the eastern and southern districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

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