FOUNDERS & PRINCIPALS
ROBB M. LAKRITZ
Principal & Managing Partner
Robb M. LaKritz is co-founder and managing partner of LaKritz Adler Development, where he is responsible for the firm’s overall management. Mr. LaKritz is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the D.C. Building Industry Association (DCBIA) and the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Previously, Mr. LaKritz served as Advisor to the United States Deputy Treasury Secretary. At Treasury, Mr. LaKritz helped direct all aspects of U.S. fiscal and monetary policy, including U.S. banking and financial institutions policy. Mr. LaKritz represented Treasury in various global economic institutions, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), Harvard’s Symposium on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century, and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Mr. LaKritz began his professional career as an attorney with Baker Donelson in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the firm’s prestigious International and China practices. At Baker Donelson, Mr. LaKritz served as international counsel to a number of the firm’s Fortune 50 clients, drafting and negotiating international corporate mergers and acquisitions, including complex cross-border joint-venture agreements, asset purchase and sale transactions, debt and equity offerings, and international licensing agreements.
Mr. LaKritz holds a B.A. Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan; a J.D. from Emory University, where he was an Editor of the International Law Review; and a Certificate in Foreign Legal Studies from East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China.
Mr. LaKritz is deeply involved in Washington, D.C.’s civic and cultural life, recently being named one of the most influential people under 40 in the nation’s capitol by Washington Life Magazine. Mr. LaKritz is a member of the 2008 Class of Leadership Greater Washington and serves on the board of directors of the Unity Walk, International Art Affairs, and the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO). Nationally, Mr. LaKritz is active in the Socrates Society of the Aspen Institute, TED and Renaissance Weekend. He is a resident of Washington, D.C.
JOSHUA A. ADLER
Principal & Managing Partner
Joshua A. Adler is co-founder and managing partner of LaKritz Adler Development, where he manages the firm’s asset acquisition and disposition activities, including its investment valuation and analysis functions. Mr. Adler is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).
Previously, Mr. Adler served as Chief Speechwriter for the United States Treasury Department under United States Treasury Secretaries Paul O’Neill and John Snow. At Treasury, Mr. Adler played a senior role in designing, promoting and explaining U.S. economic policy. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Adler drafted every major public statement of the United States Treasury Secretary, including matters of tax policy, economic stimulus, corporate responsibility, foreign investment and international development.
In 1996, Mr. Adler co-founded iLife Systems, Inc., a wireless biosensor technology company based in Dallas, Texas, where he managed worldwide clinical trials and regulatory approvals, raised several rounds of venture capital, and executed technology licensing agreements on three continents. Earlier, Mr. Adler co-founded Amour.com, a nationwide scholastic online matchmaking company, where as CEO he expanded the company’s customer base to more than 500,000 users in 50 states and sold the company to a French firm in the first international sale of an Internet domain.
Mr. Adler holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, with a concentration in Chinese Studies. At Yale, he emceed the Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Mr. Adler now serves as a Trustee of the Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni, and he is active in the Socrates Society of the Aspen Institute. Mr. Adler’s essays and commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Dallas Morning News, Wired and Fast Company. He is a native and resident of Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife, Shannan.
Joshua Adler is a Sloan Fellow for Innovation and Global Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.