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Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

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Dr. Patrick Del Duca

Los Angeles

Dr. Patrick Del Duca, selected for inclusion in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2010-2019, is an experienced cross-border regulatory attorney seasoned in multi-cultural and multi-lingual deals and regulatory challenges that reach across disparate bodies of law.  He possesses particular depth in financial, privacy, corruption, and environmental matters.  His problem-solving perspective often results in clients calling upon his regulatory talents in compliance, investigatory, M&A, joint venture, project development and finance contexts.

Dr. Del Duca’s capacity to achieve complex deals across common and civil law systems, and to assemble disparate multi-national components into high-value global solutions to regulatory problems, is unique.

He teaches as an adjunct professor at UCLA Law School, most recently international finance in the context of complex regulatory terrain.  He is author of CHOOSING THE LANGUAGE OF TRANSNATIONAL DEALS: PRACTICALITIES, POLICY AND LAW REFORM, a book published by the American Bar Association.

Previously he was a Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Kelley, Drye & Warren.  He clerked for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonio La Pergola of Italy’s Corte Costituzionale.

Notable Representations

  • development, permitting, financing, operation and restructuring of infrastructure in the US and abroad, including energy, telecommunications and transportation projects and public-private partnerships
  • restructuring of NYSE-listed Latin American issuers
  • advising publicly-traded and closely-held entities, within the United States and in various other countries, on a wide variety of securities law and other compliance issues, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Sarbanes-Oxley
  • launch, maturation and exit of technology-based ventures, e.g. electronics, internet, medical devices and pharmaceuticals
  • lending, securitizations, and fund structuring
  • assessment and elaboration of data privacy and security programs, including in cross-border contexts
  • environmental permitting, compliance, and enforcement and white collar criminal defense
  • response to catastrophic events such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, various derailments and pipeline failures
  • assessment and structuring of environmental liabilities in connection with merger, acquisition, bankruptcy and securities matters in industries ranging from steel, aluminum, hard rock mining, aerospace, and agribusiness to real estate securitization as well as acquisition of highway, pipeline, rail and transmission rights of way and management of associated compliance and remediation activities
  • environmental impact assessment of infrastructure projects including airports, power plants, special event centers, submarine fiber optic cables and toll roads, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Equator Principles, and the European Union Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

Representative Publications

  • Co-editor, translator and contributor, MEXICO AND ITS LEGAL SYSTEM: LAWYERS ESSAYS ON THE CONTINUING EVOLUTION (American Bar Association/Carolina Academic Press, 2018)
  • Why We Read THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER–Answers Parsed from Works of Two International Lawyers, 50(1) THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 87 (2017)
  • Governo e forme di finanziamento delle aree metropolitane negli Stati Uniti.  Una guida per la navigazione [A primer on US municipal bond practice] in CITTÁ A CONFRONTO: LE ISTITUZIONI METROPOLITANE NEI PAESI OCCIDENTALI 37 (Societá editrice il Mulino, Collana dell’Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani 2011)
  • To Create a Lien Priority: UCC Notice-Filing vs. Civil Law Notary Public Writing, 44 UCC LAW JOURNAL 33 (2011)
  • Management of Environmental Liabilities in Business Transactions, 41 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER, NEWS & ANALYSIS 10419 (May 2011)

Representative Speaking

  • Lecturer, Negotiable Instruments, Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho, Bogota, June 2018
  • Co-Presenter, EU General Data Protection Regulation, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRIVACY PROFESSIONALS (IAPP), Los Angeles, September 2017
  • Panelist, The Trans-Pacific Partnership: through the Antitrust Looking Glass, ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, October 2016, Tokyo
  • Panelist, Transparencia y acceso a la información jurisdiccional electoral en medios electrónicos de comunicación, seminar for Mexican electoral judges–II SIMPOSIO EN MATERIA ELECTORAL Y TRANSPARENCIA:  FORTALECIENDO LA JUSTICIA ABIERTA, Rosarito, Mexico, October 15-16, 2015
  • Bridging the Gap Between Europe and Latin America in Cross-Border Corporate M&A and Other Transactions, ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, Buenos Aires, October 2014
  • Moderator, Environmental Lender Liability, Equator Principles and Pathbreaking Approaches in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, Fall meeting ABA Section of International Law, Miami, October 2012


French, Italian, Spanish
Portuguese (reading knowledge)


Università di Bologna
laurea di giurisprudenza, 1987

European University Institute (Florence)
Ph.D, 1985

Harvard Law School
J.D., 1983

Université de Lyon II, Faculté de Sciences Économiques
DEA, 1979

Harvard University
B.A., 1978, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia