Carey incorporates Patricio Zapata as new practice leader

The constitutional lawyer will lead the Chilean firm’s public law practice area.

Posted Wednesday, September 1st 2021
Carey incorporates Patricio Zapata as new practice leader

Patricio Zapata

Law firm Carey has added Patricio Zapata as senior counsel and practice head of public law. The current constitutional context and the relevant reforms that are foreseen for the coming years in Chile were part of the firm’s motivation to strengthen its constitutional and administrative area.

“The incorporation of Patricio has us very excited. Adding one of the leading national experts in public law to the team, particularly in the current challenging context of the country, is a tremendous contribution to fulfill our mission as a law firm, which is to provide excellent service to our clients,” said Jaime Carey, partner of the firm.

Zapata is a prominent Chilean constitutional lawyer. He studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he has also been a professor of constitutional law for 25 years. Zapata has also completed a master's degree in Law at Harvard University in the United States.

With extensive experience in constitutional and administrative matters, Zapata has litigated before several courts and has prepared legal reports for important companies and public agencies.

“Leading the public law area of such an important law firm as Carey is a tremendous challenge. I hope to contribute with my experience to strengthen this tremendous team of professionals, which I join with great enthusiasm,” he said.

Patricio’s work and experience led him to be elected to head the Citizen’s Council of Observers of the constituent process convened by President Michelle Bachelet in 2016, with the aim of contributing to the transparent, broad and participatory development of the Chilean constituent debate process.

Carey is a Chilean law firm with more than 270 legal professionals. It has extensive experience in highly complex constitutional and administrative law matters. It has represented its clients before public agencies such as the Comptroller General of the Republic and the Constitutional Court; before international organizations governed by the ICSID; and before ordinary courts of justice in disciplinary proceedings. He also provides legislative advice to public and private organizations.