Corporate General Counsel
“I most value the people I work with. I get to work with the brightest, most dedicated, hardest working people in the industry. As General Counsel, my role is not to practice law but to enable others in the Barnard family to build complex, challenging projects. The work they do is amazing. It is extremely gratifying to be part of building something with them.”
J. Patrick Brown has been working with the construction industry representing contractors and subcontractors for 29 years. He joined Barnard as General Counsel in 2004. Working with Barnard, Pat provides legal counsel tempered with a business sense to allow the Barnard Companies to make sound business decisions. This counsel ranges from contract review to contract negotiations and claims resolution. His work on insurance claims has included commercial general liability claims, builder’s risk claims, professional liability claims, and director’s and officer’s claims. In addition to managing internal matters of a legal or contractual nature, he coordinates with and manages outside counsel to accomplish Company goals in balancing budgetary issues. His Department also is involved in the acquisition and sale of businesses and real property, safety, human resource issues, risk management, accounting, marketing, and providing guidance to all within the Company from the Chairman of the Board to engineers in the field. He was heavily involved in the creation of Barnard’s Ethics and Compliance Program.
Pat earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Washington in 1989. He is a member of the Montana and Washington State Bar Associations and has published and led professional seminars on topics related to construction law. He has negotiated well in excess of $10 billion in contracts.