Ron is the co-chair of the zoning and land use practice. His practice concentrates on zoning and land use matters, as well as on other land use and environmental regulatory, permitting and counseling issues.
Ron deals directly with obtaining all of the necessary zoning, use, building and other development-related permits and approvals from the relevant City agencies that enable a person to build or renovate a building, and operate a business. He meets with and obtains comments and approvals from various City agencies, including Licenses & Inspections, the Planning Commission, Streets Department, Water Department, Redevelopment Authority, PIDC, Historical Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment and other City departments. He also interacts directly with local community groups and elected officials to gain their support or to eliminate opposition to a proposed project. Once zoning approvals are obtained, he assists in filing for and obtaining other necessary building-related permits, operational licenses, and available 10-year real estate tax abatements. Ron has an engineering degree and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, better enabling him to work closely with architects, engineers and construction professionals in order to understand, tailor and modify the necessary plans that comprise the applications, permits and approvals. He is also experienced in reviewing and coordinating preliminary environmental investigations and remediation programs.
Ron is a member of the Packer Park Civic Association, Executive Board, a founding member of the Penrose Area Civic Association that covers most of southwest Philadelphia, and a former member of the Zoning and Business Development Subcommittee of the former Eastwick PAC that oversaw development in the Eastwick/Southwest Philadelphia Area pursuant to the federal Eastwick Urban Renewal Plan of 1956. In addition, he is counsel to two Democratic Wards in Southwest Philadelphia. He also served on Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration’s Subcommittee on Zoning Board Policy.
Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Drexel University, B.S. Chem. Eng., with honors
Executive Board Member, Packer Park Civic Association
Executive Board Member and Founding Member, Penrose Area Civic Association
Ward Attorney, Democratic Wards 40A and 40B
Member, Board of Directors, ALS Hope Foundation
Trustee, Board of Trustees, West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Past President, Reserve at Packer Park Homeowners’ Association
Board Member, Building Industry Association of Philadelphia
Named to the Real Estate Dealmakers of the Year list by Philadelphia Business Journal (2021)*
Recognized as a leading Real Estate Zoning/Land Use attorney in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA (2021-2023)*
Named to “The Best Lawyers in America©” list for Land Use and Zoning Law in Pennsylvania by Best Lawyers (2019-2024)*
Named to “The Best Lawyers in America©” list for Real Estate Law (2021-2024)*
Selected to the “Best of the Bar” list (real estate) by Philadelphia Business Journal (2020)*
Quoted, “A new hotel is planned for the Philadelphia Mills area in Northeast Philadelphia,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 20, 2023
Presenter, “BIA Education: Zoning 101,” Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, June 15, 2023
Mentioned, “New Bankroll sports bar has lost a court case brought by angry neighbors, but it remains open,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 2023.
Panelist, “Understanding Philadelphia Zoning 2021,” continuing legal education webinar, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 14, 2021
Author, “Philadelphia Real Estate Development and Affordable Housing,” March 1, 2021
Quoted, “Philly Council Passes Resolution to Give Itself More Power Over Development,” WHYY Plan Philly, February 4, 2021
Quoted, “Philadelphia Sites Selling at Torrid Pace as Developers Bank on City’s Post-Pandemic Rebound,” Philadelphia Business Journal, December 10, 2020.
Author, “ZBA Issues Emergency Regulations – Virtual Public Hearing to Begin,” June 23, 2020
Author, “Philadelphia L&I Rescinds Order on Limited Construction Hours,” May 13, 2020
Presenter, “What You Need to Know and Do Before Construction Resumes on May 1,” April 29, 2020
Author, “Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use Updates,” March 15, 2020
Ronald Patterson cochairs the zoning and land use practice at the firm. He advises clients on obtaining required approvals for development projects. "He is a well-recognized expert and gets us tremendous results."