Mr Patricio Zapata > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
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Work Department

Public Law.


Senior Counsel of the Public Law group.


His practice focuses on administrative, constitutional and regulatory law, advising several national and international clients, as well as public entities and state-owned enterprises on all sorts of matters directly or indirectly related to the public sector in Chile, including concessions, public procurement, negotiation and development of public-private associations, litigation before Chilean administrative bodies, ordinary and special Courts of Justice, the Chilean Public Procurement Court and the Chilean Constitutional Court, legal defense against sanctions imposed by public entities, advisement on sectoral regulations in various markets, regarding public policies and legislative matters, as well as issues related to the Chilean Transparency Law.

Author of several publications and articles about public law matters.


Spanish and English.


Professor of Constitutional Law matters in the Master’s in Public Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (since 1995).
President of the Citizen Council of Observers of the Constituent Process (2015-2017).
Dean of the Law Faculty, Universidad de Las Américas (2008-2017).
Vice dean and dean, Faculty of Legal Sciences, Universidad Andrés Bello (2000-2006).
Member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Transparency and Probity (2003-2005).
External cabinet advisor, Ministry of Justice of Chile (1997-1999).
External cabinet advisor, Ministry of National Defense (1995-1996).
Former advisor and chief of the Political and Institutional Relations Division and former secretary of the Public Ethics Commission, Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency (1990-1994).
He has been a professor of multiple specialties of Law in undergraduate and graduate programs at important institutions and universities.


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
Course on Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Notre Dame, USA (1993).
Master in Political Science, Universidad Católica de Chile (1994).
LL.M., Harvard Law School, USA (1995).
Doctorate studies in Law, Universidad de Chile.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Public law

Fielding ‘top-level partners and the best associates‘, Carey‘s nine-member department assists with the full spectrum of administrative and constitutional law, regulated markets and litigation. Representative areas include constitutional rights, public procurement and public concessions, sanctioning procedures and regulatory compliance, along with state-owned companies’ regulation, and legislation and regulations enactment. The group also has extensive litigation experience before the ordinary Courts, Courts of Appeal, Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, Expert Panels, the Public Procurement Court, the Transparency Council and the General Comptroller of the Republic. In keeping with the country’s constitutional renewal, August 2021 saw the firm hire administrative and constitutional specialist Patricio Zapata as new practice lead; the former head the Citizen Council of Observers of the constituent process convened by then President Bachelet, he handles both advisory and litigious matters in his areas of specialization. Zapata joins an impressive group of key partners comprising Ignacio Gillmore, who is experienced in administrative contracts, litigation and public tenders; litigation group head Gonzalo Fernández; and Juan Carlos Riesco (elected partner in 2018), who assists with public entity-led administrative sanctions proceedings, as well as consequential matters before the civil courts. Notable associates include Cindy Thorsen, who focuses on administrative, constitutional and regulatory law; and public law and regulation group members Sergio Cifuentes, Pedro Martinez and January 2020 arrival Carolina Baeza; however, Camilo Lledó departed in May 2021 to co-found his own firm. Since the conclusion of research, Thorsen has moved in house at Copec with effect from July 2021.