Melinda S. Gentile
Michael C. Zisa
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the ﬁrm has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as a top-ranking ﬁrm nationwide for Construction. The ﬁrm has been ranked Tier One since the construction practice area rankings were introduced both nationwide and in New York, demonstrating P&A’s indisputable standing as the nation’s foremost construction law practice.
Chambers USA recognized a number of Peckar & Abramson attorneys as some of the nation’s leading construction lawyers - Steven M. Charney, Robert S. Peckar, Gregory H. Chertoff, Howard M. Rosen, Bruce D. Meller, Paul Monte, John D. Hanover, Adrian L. Bastianelli III, Stephen M. Seeger, Michael A. Branca, Stephen H, Reisman, Melinda S. Gentile, Jerry P. Brodsky, Gary M. Stein, Jeffrey A. Ford, George C. Baldwin and Curt W. Martin.
Jerry P. Brodsky, a Partner in the firm's Miami office and Director of the firm's Latin American practice group, was profiled in a story in the June 2016 issue of South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine entitled "Miami Attorney Plays Key Role in Helping Olympics Operate Smoothly". The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee hired Mr. Brodsky and lawyers from Construlegal®, an alliance of construction law firms in the Americas, to develop and run a dispute resolution board program that would ensure that temporary structures are completed in time for the games, scheduled to start August 5.
Justin ‘JD’ Holzheauser authored an article that was published in The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2016 titled, "Getting Ready for OSHA". The article focused on OSHA increasing its civil penalties, something they have not done since 1990. OSHA lacked the authority to increase its civil penalties because it was exempt from a requirement that federal agencies increase their penalties to keep up with inflation/cost-of-living adjustment. The byliner explains in detail the ‘catch-up’ adjustment and subsequent adjustments planned.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Curran, a Partner in the firm’s New York Office, has been elected as Trustee to the Bronxville School Board of Education. A respected member of the Bronxville community, Mr. Curran will draw upon his legal expertise and fluency in local municipal issues to successfully steer the Bronxville School to future success.
Frank M. Rapoport and Lori A. Lange will be speaking at the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law Annual Conference, August 4 – 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Mr. Rapoport will be moderating a panel discussion on Thursday, August 4, 2016 titled, "Public-Private Partnerships: A Look at the Deal Pipeline for Government Infrastructure Projects". During this session, the panel will discuss active and upcoming projects, lessons learned from previous deals, a broad range of asset classes, including transportation, public buildings (ie: courthouses and civic centers), water facilities, power plants as well as student housing and related campus infrastructure and strategies for collaborating with public owners, including City Council, MTA's, Mayors and County officials. Ms. Lange will be moderating a panel discussion on Friday, August 5, 2016 titled, "Prevailing Wage Requirements in Government Construction Contracts". During this session, the panel will discuss prevailing wage requirements (who is covered, the scope of coverage, wage determinations, submission of certified payrolls, use of certified payroll software), red flags of non-compliance and best practices for verifying/monitoring compliance, Department of Labor audits for construction projects and The Circle C decision and False Claims Act. Event Link