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

The 10-strong department at full-service legal giant Carey acts across the full spectrum of administrative and constitutional law, regulated markets, and public litigation. The team regularly assists in relation to administrative and constitutional litigation, constitutional rights, and public procurement and public concessions. Other areas of strength range from sanctioning procedures, regulatory compliance, and state-owned companies’ regulations, to legislative and regulatory enactment; and the group is particularly well known for its legal opinions on complex private-public conflicts. The practice fields a number of experienced partners, namely: Ignacio Gillmore, who has vast experience in administrative contracts, public tenders, and administrative litigation; litigation head Gonzalo Fernández, a regulatory disputes specialist; Juan Carlos Riesco, who focuses on administrative sanctioning procedures that are led by public entities; and senior counsel and renowned constitutional practitioner Patricio Zapata, who was hired in August 2021 from Zapata y Compañía and is a former President of the Citizen Council of Observers of the Constituent Process. At associate level, senior Juan Ignacio Alarcón, along with Sergio Cifuentes, Martin Canessa and Carolina Baeza, are all key public law group members. However, mid-2021 saw Camilo Lledó leave to co-found Chahuán Letelier Lledó, and Cindy Thorsen move in house at Copec.