Patricia Zacharie Leads Westwood’s Legal Team
Westwood is pleased to announce that Patricia (Pat) Zacharie has joined the firm as general counsel. Zacharie’s legal career spans over 25 years in both the public and private sectors. With more than half of her career serving as in-house legal counsel, Zacharie has extensive experience partnering with executive teams, supporting business clients, and executing in fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environments.
Zacharie will oversee Westwood’s Legal team and all aspects of the firm’s legal functions, including risk management and compliance, contract negotiations and client service agreements, litigation and dispute resolution, employment matters, and mergers and acquisitions. She will help guide Westwood’s growth, strategically integrating the business goals with legal resources and related client management needs.
“Pat’s experience in managing teams to effectively respond to the ever-changing regulatory environments and business transactions is key to success in our industry,” says Bryan P. Powell, PE, Westwood’s Chief Operations Officer. “We look forward to leveraging her extensive experience to continue our strategic growth.”
Working in both the public and private sectors, Zacharie has advised c-suite and senior executives in all legal aspects of a company’s operations and her work has been instrumental in revenue and business growth. Zacharie has also served as a corporate board member and corporate secretary for a corporate-sponsored non-profit. Zacharie received a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and her JD from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.