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  • Chad J. Peterman
    Partner & Co-Chair,
    Patterson Attorneys of Color

    "At Patterson Belknap, lawyers from all backgrounds work together for the common goals of client service, public service, and professional development. Intelligence is paramount and the only limitations on one's career are self-imposed. The firm knows that having a diverse group of attorneys enhances our ability to serve clients, and actively encourages and supports diversity initiatives."

  • Peter Harvey
    Partner & Co-Chair,
    Diversity Committee
    Former Attorney General, State of New Jersey

    "Terrific trial and transactional lawyers, a collegial working environment and the freedom to develop a compelling practice: these are just a few reasons why I joined Patterson. Here, one can be part of a top-tier nationwide practice with colleagues who genuinely support one another. We know that diversity brings better ideas to our work and elevates our client service. The lawyers here don't just talk about diversity; they live it. In my view, our firm represents the America that we so often envision, but that business organizations so seldom achieve."

Patterson Attorneys of Color

About PAC


Patterson Belknap is committed to employing a diverse workforce of attorneys and staff. We consider a diverse workforce to include people of all social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds. The firm also believes that a diverse group of legal talent provides the most substantial, thorough and comprehensive representation for any client.



PAC is one of the firm's resources for cultivating an environment that enables attorneys of color to develop skills and grow as lawyers. PAC was formed in 2001 in part to help enhance the sense of community among attorneys of color, and provide an important way for them to connect with each other and the world outside the firm.


PAC attorneys meet formally once a month to discuss issues of common interest, to foster a sense of community and to socialize as colleagues. In addition, PAC assists the firm with the recruitment, retention and promotion of attorneys of color to enhance workplace diversity. Its members sit on both the hiring and diversity committees.


Our Community


"I am continuously impressed by Patterson's commitment to the growth of its associates and the firm; growth in diversity, growth in character, and growth in skill and professionalism."


Lia Marie Brooks
Class of 2008

"I feel lucky to be at a firm that values and encourages our individual experiences, insights, and perspectives in a supportive and inclusive environment. Patterson is committed to the professional development and advancement of all of its attorneys and emphasizes teamwork and collegiality in a real way."

— Jenny Ma
    Class of 2011

"What makes Patterson an especially pleasant environment to work at is the firm's recognition that our different backgrounds allow us to make unique contributions to the practice of law and add to the character of the firm."


— Muhammad Faridi
Class of 2007

"Patterson's commitment to excellence is rivaled only by its commitment to seeing that each and every new lawyer succeeds. In large part, success at Patterson is measured by how much you are truly enjoying the practice of law."


— Travis J. Tu


"Patterson’s unstinting reputation is not hyperbole – the firm gently guides and fosters attorneys of all backgrounds not only in their professional development, but in all their pursuits of intellectual passion. Given the firm’s commitment to fostering both its community and each individual’s unique talents, it has been an exciting and rewarding place to begin my legal career."

— Terra Hittson
    Class of 2014