Patricia Ann Harris

Top rated administrative law attorney in New York, New York

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
Patricia Ann Harris
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Practice Areas: Administrative law; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1990

Education: New York University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

801 2nd Avenue
16th Floor
New York, NY 10017 Visit website


Patricia Ann Harris serves as special counsel at the law firm of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP located in New York, New York. Licensed to practice in New York since 1990, she concentrates her practice on administrative law and business/corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, business organization and management issues, succession, strategy and licensing matters. 

Delivering sound and knowledgeable legal counsel to architects and engineers, Ms. Harris provides tenacious and zealous legal services. With a firm commitment to her clients’ needs, she handles every case in an efficient and cost-effective manner. She has received a “Very Good” rating on Avvo along with many testimonials from her happy clients. 

With a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, Ms. Harris obtained a Master of Business Administration degree in corporate finance with distinction from New York University. She earned her Juris Doctor from New York University.           

Ms. Harris founded and is the CEO of LicenseSure LLC, which provides services to architects and engineers who are applying for business licenses. Before which, she served as the managing partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP from 2000 to 2013. 

Actively associated with prominent legal associations, Ms. Harris has memberships in the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Construction Law Committee and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. She serves as a member of the board of directors for the Global Design Alliance and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. 

Ms. Harris has received numerous accolades for her exceptional legal work, including being named to the Outstanding Woman list by the Women Builders Council and was the recipient of the Women Worth Watching Award by the Diversity Journal. She was awarded the Sutherland Award by the Global Design Alliance for her contributions to the design industry.

Practice areas

Administrative law

Focus areas


  • 100% Administrative law

First Admitted: 1990, New York

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Global Design Alliance
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Member of the Executive Committee, Treasurer and past- Board Chair, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
  • Chair-Elect, Global Design Alliance, 2020
  • Board of Directors, Global Design Alliance, 2005-Present
  • Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Construction Law Committee
  • The American Bar Association
  • New York
Special Licenses/Certifications:
Educational Background:
  • New York University, M.B.A. with distinction, 1996
  • Pomona College, B.A.
  • Given in memory of Tom Sutherland, former Chair of the GDA and Managing Principal of DIALOG Design, the award is presented to an individual from a member firm who exemplifies GDA’s core purpose of simply being “Better Together.” Joe Lang, Principal of RDG Planning and Design and Chair of the Board of the Global Design Alliance, said “[Patti’s] enthusiasm and belief in the values of GDA, along with her willingness to ask the difficult questions and ‘do the right thing,’ have been instrumental in making GDA the organization it is today.”, The Sutherland Award, Global Design Alliance, 2019
  • Outstanding Woman 2009, Women's Builder's Council
  • Urban Green Space Service Award 2013, Special Recognition, The Mayor's NYC Building Task Force
  • Women Worth Watching Awards 2014, Profiles in Diversity Journal
  • Supers Lawyers 2021
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Patti contributed to Chapter 1, "State Regulation of the Design Professional," discussing state and regulatory regulation of design professionals., Chapter Contributor, Design Professional's Guide to Construction Law, ABA Construction Forum, Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Land Surveyors, Geologists, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • M/WBE firms
  • Private Equity Investors investing in design professional firms

Office location for Patricia Ann Harris

801 2nd Avenue
16th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 646-916-3174


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

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