Carol J. Patterson

Senior Partner

212.682.6800
212.682.6861
cpatterson@zdlaw.com
801 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
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Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Columbia University, M.A. International Relations
  • Bryn Mawr College, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Industry Recognition




Senior Partner

212.682.6800
212.682.6861
cpatterson@zdlaw.com
801 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
VCard
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Biography

Carol J. Patterson is a Senior Partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, advising clients on matters such as dispute resolution, contracts, and risk management strategies. She represents prominent national and international firms in matters relating to the design and construction of major office and residential buildings, performing arts centers, museums, hospitals, educational institutions, transportation facilities and other public buildings. Ms. Patterson regularly counsels owners, developers, engineers, architects, construction managers, contractors and other parties in the construction industry.

Ms. Patterson holds the notable AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyer Magazine as a leading attorney in construction law. Ms. Patterson is the co-editor of Construction Law, a textbook published by the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry that provides a comprehensive introduction to the construction industry and the laws that govern it. She frequently speaks on various topics relating to the design and construction industries and has lectured at the New York University Real Estate Institute, Columbia University School of Engineering, and Polytechnic University.

Fellowships

  •     American College of Construction Lawyers

Honors & Awards

Organizations

  • American Bar Association - Chair, Diversity Committee; former Governing Committee Member, Forum on the Construction Industry; former Chair, Publications Committe
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Metropolitan Section - General Counsel
  • American Institute of Architects, New York City - Affiliate Member
  • Association of Real Estate Women, New York - Past President
  • New York Building Congress
  • Urban Land Institute, New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter - Social Public Private Partnerships: A New Tool for Real Estate Development, March 2016
  • Presenter - Transformative Projects, Transformative Risk Management, New York Build, March 2016
  • Presenter - New Issues in the Design Professional's Standard of Care, PLI Building Better Construction Contracts, December 2015
  • Zetlin & De Chiara Attorneys Present CLE Program for the Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Zetlin & De Chiara Participates in the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Regional Program
  • Speaker - Negotiating the Owner/Architect Agreement, New York State Bar Association, October 2013
  • Speaker - Architectural Law: Architects Fast Track Leadership, AIA New York State Convention, September 2013
  • "Public Private Partnerships: New Opportunities for Participation," Women Build America - A National Conference on Construction Opportunities, April 2013
  • "Construction Contracts: Why the Forms are Not Enough," ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law
  • Moderator - "Design and Delivery Trends of the Future," AIA New York State Convention, September 2012
  • Speaker - "Custom Tailoring for the Construction Contracts of Today and Tomorrow: Why the Forms are No Longer Enough," ABA Section of Real Estate, Trust & Estate Law, May 2012
  • Speaker - "AIA Fast Track Series: Architectural Law," AIA New York, April 2012
  • Moderator - "Bridging the Public Budget Gap: The Promise of P3 Project Delivery," Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, June 2011
  • Speaker - "AIA Fast Track Series: Architectural Law," AIA New York, April 2011
  • Speaker - "Hot Topics in Construction Law," Young Presidents Organization, February 2011
  • Presenter - "Protection of Intellectual Property Rights," American Institute of Architects, August 2010
  • Presenter - "Construction Phase Services: Pitfalls to Avoid," ASCE Metropolitan Section, June 2010
  • Presenter - "Is Your Firm Addressing Green Building Insurability Issues?," Cetra Ruddy, January 2010
  • Presenter - "Construction Law for Leasing Lawyers: The Nuts and Bolts," New York City Bar, June 2009
  • Presenter - "Media Do's, Don'ts and Dangers: When Ethics, Strategies and Survival Appear to Be on a Collision Course," American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, April 2008
  • Moderator - "Managing Risk: Key Insurance Strategies -What Every Owner Should Know" in conjunction with Marsh USA, March 2007
  • Moderator - "Transportation Transformed: Innovations in the Tapestry of Urban Transit," Urban Land Institute New York program, March 2007
  • Presenter - "The Future of Market-Rate Multi-Family Housing, New York," The Institute for Professional and Executive Development, Inc. October 2006
  • Program Co-chair - "Expecting the Unexpected: Anticipating and Managing Key Risks to Successful Construction Projects," American Bar Association, April 2006
  • Moderator - "It's Not Easy Being Green - Great for the Environment; Hard on the Pocketbook?" in the conjunction with the annual conference of the Associated Owners and Developers, June 2005
  • Presenter - "It's Not Easy Being Green - Great for the Environment; Hard on the Pocketbook?" in the conjunction with the annual conference of the Associated Owners and Developers, June 2005
  • Presenter - "Finding the Handle: Perfecting and Proving the Contractor's Claim," American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, January 2003

Publications

  • Author - Public-Private Opportunities Knocking, Construction Today, February 2015
  • Co-Author - "Crisis averted: Congress extends Terrorism Risk Insurance Act," Real Estate Weekly, Winter 2015
  • Author - Public Private Partnerships: Opportunity Knocking, Mann Report, January 2014
  • Author - "Diversity in the Long Run: How Forum Members Can Participate in the ACE Mentor Program," The Construction Lawyer, March 2012
  • Author - "Sustainability: Changing Values Create New Business Opportunities for Green Construction," Quarterly Review, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, 2010
  • Co-Editor - Construction Law, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, 2009
  • Co-Author - "Representation of Multiple Parties in the Construction Arena: Ethical Issues," The Construction Lawyer, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction, Fall 2005
  • Author - "Contractual ADR Provisions: The House Always Wins," The Construction Lawyer, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Winter 2004
  • Co-Author - "Joint Defense and Prosecution Agreements," The Construction Lawyer, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Spring 2001

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