Bruce Barnet, President
A veteran Long Island real estate developer, Bruce Barnet is also a visionary with a passion for marrying progress to preservation.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Mr. Barnet spent childhood summers in Westhampton Beach, during which the seeds of his deep attachment to the East End of Long Island were planted and nurtured. He is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Economics at the University of New Hampshire with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, but real estate has always been the focus of his professional life.
That life began with his first project in 1972, when, at the age of 20, he developed the Hampton Bays Tennis Club. Not long after that, Mr. Barnet and his father in-law developed the Patio Building in West Hampton Beach, New York State’s first mixed-use condominium complex, which set the stage for other achievements over the next 30-plus years. He attributes a large measure of his success to the fact that he takes on projects only if he believes he can do something unique with them.
Mr. Barnet has been an American Cancer Society volunteer since 1996 and has supported the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation for years. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Long Island Learning Disabilities Organization of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Suffolk County Police Athletic League.
In addition to his charitable work, Mr. Barnet has previously served on the New York State Real Estate Board Finance Committee and is a member of the Long Island Builders Institute. Mr. Barnet has also served on the Board of Directors for Long Island Savings Bank from 1986 through 1998.
Lawrence Feldman, Legal Council
Mr. Feldman is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use, and Corporate & Banking Groups at Farrell Fritz. His practice concentrates on commercial leasing, real estate development, real estate brokerage law as well as economic development. Over the past several years he has represented a wide range of clients, including several publicly traded REIT's and National tenants in leasing and acquisition transactions involving several million square feet ranging from AAA office, industrial, to various retail projects.
Although owner representation has been the centerpiece of his practice, Mr. Feldman has been able to maintain a careful balance in the industry and remains a trusted adviser to real estate owners/developers as well as business owners and tenants alike. A large part of this position is due to his involvement, as counsel to the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society ("CIBS"). CIBS is one of the largest commercial brokerage organizations on Long Island.
While his involvement in the real estate industry on Long Island is an important factor in positioning the Real Estate Practice Group as a leader in the commercial real estate field, it is bolstered by Mr. Feldman's core real estate practice which consists of real estate finance (including tax exempt lending and Industrial Development Bond financing) acquisitions, sale and lease-backs and land use. Mr. Feldman's land use background affords him the ability to flag issues relative to proposed uses and work through those issues so that they are addressed during due diligence in the context of an acquisition, or during the leasing process in the context of commercial lease transactions. He has handled land use matters for national companies as well as local developers in essentially every major town in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk and many of the villages throughout Long Island.