About Our Firm

About Our Firm

Who We Are

Founded in 1919, Patterson Belknap is a law firm of approximately 200 lawyers committed to providing high quality legal advice and service to clients and to maintaining a congenial and diverse workplace. We make our clients’ business issues our own. At the same time, we care about our attorneys, our staff and the community we are privileged to serve. As a result of our performance and our values, the Firm is frequently included on The American Lawyer’s “A-List” of 20 leading law firms in the United States.

What We Do

Patterson Belknap delivers a full range of services across more than 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law. Our practice groups and attorneys are regularly ranked among the leaders in New York and nationally by the most respected industry guides, based on client and peer reviews. Clients include a diverse group of institutions and individuals: from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to major media and publishing empires; from consumer products companies to financial institutions; from private foundations and charities to leading food and beverage manufacturers; from foreign companies seeking to transact business on U.S. stock exchanges to U.S. companies doing business abroad.

Our Core Values

Patterson Belknap’s success over the last 100 years is rooted in five core values:  Excellence, Integrity, Accountability, Inclusion, and Service. These core values are demonstrated each day by our attorneys and staff. They are fundamental to how we work with each other and our clients.

Excellence – We are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal advice and service to our clients in an efficient and effective manner. Our goal is to achieve consistently outstanding outcomes for all of our clients. This dedication leads our attorneys and staff to embrace continuous learning and improvement, aided by a strong commitment to provide one another with the support and opportunities necessary to succeed.

Integrity – We are committed to honest business practices and the ethical practice of law. This commitment is reflected in our client representations and how we run our Firm. We value transparency, trustworthiness, and responsibility in all our actions. Candor is our watchword – both with respect to the advice we give our clients and the manner in which we interact with our counterparties.

Accountability – We are accountable to our clients and to each other. We are responsible for creating an environment in which attorneys and staff are mentored and provided opportunities for professional development. We build long-term relationships with our clients and invest in the future of our Firm and our people. We encourage independent thinkers and hold ourselves accountable for obtaining the best possible results on our clients’ behalf.

Inclusion – We are committed to creating the best professional home for attorneys and staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures. We strive to maintain an atmosphere of support, civility, and mutual respect that encourages professional and personal growth for all of us. Our attorneys and staff draw freely on one another’s skills and unique experiences, providing the responsiveness, efficiency, and collaborative approach necessary to solve our clients’ complex legal problems. 

Service – A commitment to public service is, and has always been, a key principle of our Firm. We are privileged to be able to practice law. Giving back to our community for this privilege matters to every one of our attorneys. It is demonstrated in our long history of government service and in our unparalleled pro bono program, which focuses on underserved and overlooked populations in New York City.