Barry B. LePatner is the author of Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward, a comprehensive overview of the shocking state of our nation’s infrastructure and what must be done to fix it. In the book, Mr. LePatner uses the I-35W Bridge as a starting point to chronicle the problems that led to its collapse and explores state and federal government responses to the tragedy. From there he evaluates what the I-35W Bridge collapse means for the country as a whole―outlining the possibility of a nationwide infrastructure breakdown.
He is founder of the New York City-based law firm LePatner & Associates LLP. Mr. LePatner is recognized as a thought leader in the construction industry. As the coauthor of Structural and Foundation Failures (McGraw-Hill, 1982) and with 35 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 second book, Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America’s Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry (University of Chicago Press, 2007), was very well received inside and outside the construction industry and helped create a national debate among owners, designers, and other key stakeholders.
Mr. LePatner has also been awarded the distinction of Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2009, he was rated 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 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 International Economic Forum of the Americas, Syracuse 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 non-architect 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.
Founded in 1980, LePatner & Associates LLP is a New York City-based construction law firm and one of the nation’s foremost construction advisors providing comprehensive legal, business advisory, project management, and investigative services to corporations, real estate developers and investors, healthcare and educational institutions, and non-profit organizations as well as design professionals. LePatner specializes in solving complex challenges and disputes in the real estate and construction industries. Its personnel consist of attorneys and construction professionals with diverse design, real estate, and construction-oriented backgrounds.
During its 30-year history, the firm has perfected an approach vastly different from the typical construction attorney. Clients planning and building significant capital projects retain LePatner because they know that LePatner helps them make the critical strategic decisions at the outset and then carry them through to completion. Clients value LePatner’s sophisticated understanding of how the construction, real estate, and design industries truly work and the firm’s unique LePatner C3 methodology, which mitigates and prevents cost overruns and delays.
While cost overruns of 20, 30, 50 percent or more plague most construction projects, LePatner ensures its clients’ projects do not face these disastrous consequences.