A seasoned attorney with many years of experience in construction, contract, environmental, international, maritime and civil law, Patricia McGarvey Rosendahl excels of counsel with Greenberg Traurig LLP. In her practice, she focuses on construction and environmental matters while advising clients on governmental regulations and environmental aspects in public and private construction projects, oil and gas recovery projects, insurance coverage matters and remediation projects, among other issues. Prior to her current appointment, she gained valuable expertise in the field as an attorney with Coats Rose, with which she served between 2005 and 2011. During the early years of her career, Ms. Rosendahl worked for the Texas Department of Health, where she was recruited to numerous task forces by the Texas attorney general in order to investigate health care providers.
Generally, Ms. Rosendahl’s work focuses on teams and she has a lot of specific cases she works on, involving drafting of motions, formal pleading and complaints, and preparation for hearings and trials. Early on in her career, as a college graduate and single mother living in public housing, she had a 4.0 GPA and was used in grand jury proceedings to question witnesses. She never considered law as a career as she thought it was dull and boring, but she later found it to be interesting. Thus, it made her re-evaluate the practice of law and when she applied to law school, she was accepted and resigned from the state, effectively commencing her career as a lawyer. Ms. Rosendahl’s most notable achievement has been keeping clients very happy over a period of time. She attributes her success to hard work and curiosity, and has a reputation of being very thorough.
In 1975, Ms. Rosendahl earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, through the University of Texas at Austin before obtaining a JD from the University of Houston’s School of Law in 1987. Upon graduating from law school, she was admitted to practice law through the State Bar of Texas, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Rosendahl remains aware of changes in the field through her professional alignment with the international, environmental and construction sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas, as well as the construction, environmental and animal law sections of the Houston Bar Associations.
With a plethora of knowledge at her disposal, Ms. Rosendahl contributed to the Law 360 Article “ASCBA Says Army Owes Contractor Money on $22.5M Project” in 2018. For her professional excellence, she was recognized by the Chambers USA Guide and among U.S. News’ Best Lawyers for her work in environmental law. In 2015, she was knighted by the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem at Balgonie Castle in Scotland. More recently, she was highlighted in Women in Business Magazine in the United Kingdom as the USA and Environmental Liability Expert of the Year in Houston. Looking toward the future, Ms. Rosendahl intends to experience the continued success of her career until she eventually decides to retire. She advises those looking to pursue a similar field to persevere, stay with it and see it through.