A Seattle attorney, she practices appellate law emphasizing family law. Ms. Novotny also teaches Women and Law at the University of Washington in the Women Studies Department and a course on gender, sex, and sexuality at the university's law school. She is a long-time volunteer attorney with the Northwest Women's Law Center. She has been involved in numerous cases asserting the rights of women, gays, and lesbians in contexts including reproductive rights (State v. Dunn, In re Marriage of Litowitz), juror rights (State v. Burch), sexual privacy rights (Gryczan v. Montana), domestic violence (Marriage of Muhammad, In Re Drollinger- Montana), same-sex couple property rights (Vasquez v. Hawthorne and Gormley v. Robertson), and parenting rights (Parentage of L.B.).
- Patricia Novotny. "Rape Victims in the (Gender) Neutral Zone: The Assimilation of Resistance?,"Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Vol. 1: Iss. 3, Article 62. 2012.
- Patricia Novotny. "Rape Victims in the (Gender) Neutral Zone: The Assimilation of Resistance?,"Seattle Journal for Social Justice 743 (Spring/Summer 2003).
- Patricia Novotny. “Superlawyers, Truth, Justice and the American Way,” Guest Editor, Washington State Bar News, September, 2002.
- Patricia Novotny. "Yours, Mine, Ours? Property Interests of Unmarried Couples," Washington State Bar News, February, 2001.
- Patricia Novotny. "Same Sex Marriage: The State of the Law," with Gwynne Skinner, Washington State Bar News, September, 1998.