Bradford Allen is a Chicago-based, national commercial real estate firm that offers a full array of brokerage services to entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, and corporate business entities.

Our realty services team provides strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen professionals create flexible solutions through a high level of expertise, persistence, and a singular focus on client objectives. Our integrated services platform includes Tenant Representation, Landlord Representation, Property & Asset Management, Consulting & Advisory Services, and Project & Construction Management.

Bradford Allen was built on entrepreneurial spirit to provide clients with a fresh perspective from a diverse, experienced team of industry professionals. Principals and Co-Founders Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, veteran brokers from New York City, actively lead the firm in its mission to provide clients with creative solutions, absolute integrity, and aggressive representation. Their commitment to accountability, fostered by their managed brokerage approach, ensures the conflict-free representation of each client and a consistent level of comprehensive service on every assignment.
With 65 years of combined real estate and finance experience—and a partnership over 25 years in the making—Jeffrey and Laurence continue to guide the day-to-day operations of the firm. By leveraging the expertise, experience, and drive of over 50 talented professionals, individual business lines benefit from the resources and core competencies of the whole—promoting a working environment that fosters sustained success and continued professional development. The collaboration, transparency, and accountability resulting from the Bradford Allen approach creates the ideal platform with which to best serve the interests of our clients.

Bradford Allen was founded by Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, two veteran commercial real estate professionals with a non-formulaic approach and a penchant for savvy deal-making. Bernstein and Elbaum initially joined forces in 1992 at the venerable Manhattan firm of Walter & Samuels, where they ran the commercial leasing department and were two of the most active brokers in the Midtown South market of New York City. In 1993, the duo was recruited by the Edward S. Gordon Company (later acquired by Insignia), where they quickly rose to the level of Senior Managing Directors. Representing both landlords and tenants with foresight, energy, and a tireless work ethic, the pair completed more than seven million square feet of transactions and helped to shape the office landscape of Midtown South.

In 2003, Bernstein and Elbaum ventured out to fill the void between the large providers (emphasizing global services that often exhibit competing interests) and the small boutique firms (lacking resources and depth). Bradford Allen draws upon a proven track record for identifying, evaluating, and securing opportunities for clients regardless of the market conditions. Since its inception, the firm has successfully experienced rapid growth and earned a reputation for aggressively pursuing its clients’ interests and achieving superior results with integrity and creativity.