Barry B. LePatner, Esq., Hon. AIA
Barry B. LePatner is founder of the New York City-based law firm LePatner & Associates, LLP and LePatner Project Solutions LLC. For over three decades, he has been a prominent voice on business and legal issues affecting the real estate, design, and construction industries. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading advisors to corporate and institutional clients, real estate owners, and design professionals. Mr. LePatner has also been awarded the distinction of Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. He has been ranked as one of the top ten real estate attorneys in New York City by the New York Observer.
A November 2007 Governing magazine article stated, “If there’s a guru of construction industry reform, it’s LePatner.” In November 2008, an article in New York magazine referred to Mr. LePatner as “a Cassandra of infrastructure.”
Mr. LePatner is recognized as a thought leader in the construction industry. His book, Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward (Foster Publishing / University Press of New England, 2010), timely described the perilous state of the nation’s aging infrastructure. As the coauthor of Structural and Foundation Failures (McGraw-Hill, 1982) and with thirty-five years of experience as a construction lawyer, he brings a special understanding of the engineering, business, and legal issues attendant to the design and construction processes; knowledge he put to good use in writing Too Big to Fall. His prior book, Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America’s Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry (University of Chicago Press, 2007), created a national debate among owners, designers, and other key stakeholders seeking the end of so-called “fast-track” projects which cause over $100 billion annually in unwarranted construction cost overruns.
Mr. LePatner has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Forbes.com, the Chicago Tribune, Infrastructurist.com, and other prestigious publications. His articles and speeches on the perilous state of our nation’s infrastructure have garnered widespread attention, including his serving as a commentator on the multi-billion-dollar stimulus plan of the Obama administration. He has appeared on many television and radio broadcasts, including interviews on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and several National Public Radio segments.
A nationally recognized speaker, Mr. LePatner has addressed audiences on topics central to the real estate and construction industries, including events sponsored by the Brookings Institute, International Economic Forum of the Americas, Syracuse University, Yale University, and several construction industry associations with audiences including contractors, architects, engineers, construction technology experts, economic experts, and other construction industry thought leaders.
In 2002, Mr. LePatner was honored by the American Institute of Architects with its highest award to a nonarchitect when he was given an honorary AIA membership. He is also currently on the Board of Trustees of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). He has also served on numerous advisory committees including: the Advisory Board, Society for Marketing Professional Services; the Board of the New York Building Congress; Board of Advisors, Legal Briefs for the Construction Industry; American Institute of Architects Advisory Committee; and the National Academy of Sciences.
In 2013, he co-founded Arazoo with Brad Cronk as an outgrowth of their experience and best practices advising owners and managing projects.
C. Bradley Cronk, AIA, LEED BD+C
Brad Cronk is a principal of LePatner Project Solutions LLC, which provides project management and advisory services to corporate and institutional owners, real estate developers, individual investors, and non-profit organizations in the New York City metropolitan area. He is also the co-founder of Arazoo, a web-based visual information platform for design and construction professionals that is creating a national marketplace for researching, specifying, and purchasing building products and materials.
Mr. Cronk leads strategic planning and project management for clients during their capital improvement projects and is responsible for assembling project teams and directing and coordinating their work from the outset of planning to completion of construction. On behalf of owners and investors, he leads forensic evaluations and property condition assessments, and is often asked to help close-out difficult to manage projects. He also acts as LePatner's in-house design and construction advisor on construction claim and litigation matters. He has managed projects for non-profits such as the American Physical Society, New York Junior Tennis & Learning,and WLIW21 and WNET.org. He has also managed ultra-luxury gut renovations for Tiffany & Co., the Core Club, and The Carlyle as well as several private townhouse and apartment residences. He managed the gut renovation and expansion of The Central Park Boathouse, and is currently managing the re-creation of the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant in midtown Manhattan.
He contributed to Barry LePatner’s Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America’s Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry (2007, The University of Chicago Press), which drew attention to the dire need for construction industry reform and cost containment solutions.
During his eighteen years with LePatner, Mr. Cronk has been an active thought leader publishing articles on green building issues, environmental concerns for owners and architects, building construction technology, and construction cost management. He has presented at continuing education seminars and at AIA conventions. Currently, he blogs actively for Arazoo in his capacity as its VP of Strategy. Mr. Cronk is a licensed architect in New York State and is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.