Benjamin M. Cornelius

Partner, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

Benjamin M. Cornelius is a structural designer and forensic engineer who grew up with a passion for buildings and what makes them stand up—to people, the environment, and time. At The Pennsylvania State University, Ben studied architectural engineering with an emphasis on structural systems design and went on to join the firm of Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) Consulting Structural Engineers in New York. After nearly two decades of designing structures for a range of projects—including the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the renovation and expansion of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York, and the supertall TransNational Place in Boston—Ben turned his full attention to investigating structural failures and assisting in the resolution of disputes on construction projects. For the past five years, he has led LERA’s Investigations and Expert Witness Practice and has conducted forensic investigations in North America, Europe, and Asia in disputes totaling more than $600 million.