New York, NY
(November 13, 2017) –  Carol J. Patterson, Senior Partner at construction law firm Zetlin
& De Chiara LLP
was honored by the Commercial
at its first-ever Women in Construction Awards for her precedent-setting

Patterson was
awarded the 2017 Barrier-Breaker Award, which is given to women working towards
demolishing the glass ceiling and making way for others in the commercial
construction or design industry. Recipients are proven leaders, inspiring and attracting the
industry’s next generation of women. Patterson was singled out for her many
successes as a veteran construction industry litigation and transactional
attorney in a male-dominated field, as well as having served as a past
president of the Association of Real Estate Women (now NYC CREW).

“We congratulate
Carol on another first and commend Commercial Observer for setting their bar
high for future Barrier Breakers by selecting Carol for this inaugural award,”
said Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP.   “Carol is greatly admired by her peers and
colleagues for her talent, skills, insight, determination and success. She is
an invaluable member of the Zetlin & De Chiara family, and has been practically
since our founding.”

Patterson has led
a 25-year career as one of the industry’s top litigators and 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. Patterson regularly
counsels owners, developers, engineers, architects, construction managers, contractors
and other parties in the construction industry. Additionally, her time as
President of NYC CREW distinguish her as a highly engaged member of the
professional community who supports opportunities for women in real estate and

She received her
award at the Commercial Observer’s conference Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Leading Women in
Construction and Design Conference
on November 7th at the CUNY Graduate Center. 


About Zetlin & De Chiara

& De Chiara LLP
, a leading construction law firm, provides
sophisticated legal counsel and business advice to real estate owners,
developers, institutions, design professionals, contractors, and other parties
involved in construction projects in the United States.  Many of its attorneys have direct experience
with construction and design issues through their work as in-house construction
counsel, education and training as architects and engineers, and by earning
LEED accreditation. The firm provides counsel throughout the planning, design,
and construction process — from drafting and negotiating contracts to advising
on risk management strategies.  Zetlin
& De Chiara represents clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution,
and also advises on business formation, licensing and corporate issues.

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