Patricia A. Rooney, a member of the Construction and Commercial Arbitration Panels of the American Arbitration Association, is a well-respected litigator and appellate attorney with extensive experience in construction and surety law.  A 1999 graduate of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Ms. Rooney was Valedictorian of her class and Research Editor of the Law Review.  During law school, Ms. Rooney interned for Judge Denis B. Hurley, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, and also for Judge Frank X. Altimari, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Presently the Co-Chairperson of the New York State Bar Association’s Construction and Surety Law Division and the Editor of Deconstruction, the Division’s Newsletter, Ms. Rooney also serves on the Executive Committee of the NYSBA’s Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Section and is a member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Dispute Resolution Section.


Actively involved in the American Bar Association on the national level, Ms. Rooney is also a member of the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law and was recently appointed by the ABA to serve on the ABA’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s Construction Law, Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice Committees for the 2017–2018 term.  Ms. Rooney presently teaches Construction Law at Touro Law Center and has taught other classes such as Constitutional Law and Tort Law in the L.L.M. Program, Secured Transactions and Legal Process.  A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Ms. Rooney also has experience in the Trust and Estates area and is a member of the NYSBA’s Trusts and Estates Section and Elder Law and Special Needs Section.  Ms. Rooney also has significant experience in insurance coverage and defense litigation, commercial litigation, civil rights litigation and employment litigation.


Prior to attending law school, Ms. Rooney, an accomplished pianist, made her living as a classical pianist and accompanist and was regularly invited to judge local, state and national piano competitions.  Ms. Rooney combines her love of music and passion for the law by providing pro bono legal representation to The Golandsky Institute, a not-for-profit institute devoted to raising awareness to the problems faced by musicians and providing solutions to those problems through professional collaborations, continued research and educational programs around the globe including a week-long Summer Symposium at Princeton University.






Patricia A. Rooney



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