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Patricia A. Harris

Special Counsel LEED AP
  • New York, NY
    801 Second Avenue
    New York, NY 10017


Patti Harris, Special Counsel at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, provides legal and business counsel to architects and engineers across the country. A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Harris is the founder and CEO of Licensesure, which provides business and licensing compliance services to design professionals. From 2000 to 2013, Patti served as the Managing Partner of Zetlin and De Chiara. Ms. Harris started her career as a corporate attorney with two New York City law firms and her legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, business organization and management issues, and licensing issues.

Ms. Harris is very active in design industry organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors and President-Elect of the Global Design Alliance. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, having served as Board Chair in 2015. In 2012, she served on the Mayor's Task Force for Rebuilding New York City.

She speaks and writes about business organization and professional licensing to industry organizations such as the AIA and ACEC.

Ms. Harris has been recognized for her leadership by the Global Design Alliance which presented her with their Sutherland Award for service to the design industry.



Honors & Recognitions

The Sutherland Award 2019, Global Design Alliance

Women Worth Watching Awards 2014, Profiles in Diversity Journal

Urban Green Space Service Award 2013, Special Recognition, The Mayor's NYC Building Task Force

Outstanding Woman 2019, Women's Builder's Council

News & Events


Speaking Engagements

  • event
    Monday, September 23

    Timothy Hegarty, Partner - Moderator

    Patricia Harris, Special Counsel - Moderator 

    Timothy Hegarty to moderate "State of Alternative Project Delivery Methods" panel on Monday

    Patricia Harris to moderate "Extending Your Firm's Geographic Footprint" panel on Monday 

  • event
    Center for Architecture

    Michael J. Vardaro - Managing Partner 

    Patricia A. Harris - Special Counsel & Founder and CEO of LicenseSure LLC 

    State laws and regulations affecting architectural practice are voluminous, conflict from state to state, and can impact fundamental aspects of doing business—including licensing, entity formation, marketing, branding and solicitations. For those unaware of or failing to heed the rules, these laws and regulations can result in disciplinary proceedings. This seminar will highlight specific areas where firms, often inadvertently, breach local laws or ethical rules, and will address when regulatory authorities are likely to look for violations. 


Community & Professional

Global Design Alliance

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Construction Law Committee

The American Bar Association

General Counsel / Board Membership

Board of Directors, Global Design Alliance, 2005-Present

Chair-Elect, Global Design Alliance, 2020

Member of the Board of Directors, Member of the Executive Committee, Treasurer and past- Board Chair, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation


New York University, M.B.A, with distinction

New York University, J.D.

Pomona College, B.A.


  • New York
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