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February 2015

Stefan Chin authored and article titled "Contractors Support Bill on Construction Defect Notice" that appeared in the Daily Business Review, Opinion & Commentary Section on February 23, 2015. The article discusses the Associated General Contractors of America seeking passage of a bill in 2015 which amends Chapter 558, Florida Statutes, Florida’s “Notice and Opportunity to Cure” statute. The proposed amendments are of significance to those in the construction industry, including general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, and engineers. The proposed amendments to Chapter 558, as set forth in House Bill 87 and Senate Bill 418, are intended to address a number of problems with the current notice and opportunity to cure process, in order to ensure that recipients of Chapter 558 Notices of Construction Defects can proactively and effectively address alleged construction defects and avoid costly litigation. The proposed legislation has been referred to House and Senate Committees and continues to work its way through the legislative process.


Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that it has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in Construction for 2015 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” maintaining its prestigious ranking for the third consecutive year. Twenty-Four (24) P&A attorneys were also named to the list of 2015 Best Lawyers in America.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

June 12-13, 2015

Location: London, England

Danielle Cole will be speaking at the American Bar Association (ABA) Magna Carta Commemoration Panel Moderator which will be held in London, England on June 12- 13, 2015. Ms. Cole will speak on the topic titled, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" --Do American Lawyers Have Any Place Litigating or Arbitrating in Foreign Jurisdictions?" The panel will address the stereotypes, as well as the differences and similarities between U.S. and foreign lawyers. We will also discuss some of the cultural, procedural, and ethical differences that U.S. lawyers must beware of before practicing overseas. They will also discuss what aspects of lawyering overseas U.S. lawyers should endeavor to adopt, and what aspects of U.S. lawyering would be useful for overseas lawyers.

Danielle J. Cole


The Lien Fund Concept, Law Revision Commission Changes/Priorities and the Allocation of the Lien Fun

April 29th

Location: NJ Law Center in Brunswick, New Jersey

Charles F. Kenny and Patrick J. Green will be Moderators at the upcoming New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) Seminar which will be held at the NJ Law Center in Brunswick, New Jersey on April 29, 2015. Mr. Kenny will speak on the topic titled "The Lien Fund Concept, Law Revision Commission Changes" and Mr. Green will speak on the topic titled "Priorities and the Allocation of the Lien Fund in Today's Climate. At this important seminar, our panel of highly respected construction lawyers will provide you with a solid foundation for tackling construction lien issues. The program will open with a brief historical background to lay the foundation of the topic, and will quickly move into a discussion of the accepted practice for filing a lien, dealing with priorities and allocation/payment concerns, and understanding the nuances of residential liens. Event Link:

Charles F. Kenny
Patrick J. Greene, Jr.


Strategies for Success and Preventing Pitfalls

April 10th

Location: Miami, Florida

Jerry P. Brodsky along with Lee A. Weintraub, will co-host The Seminar Groups Florida Public-Private Partnerships: Strategies for Success and Preventing Pitfalls seminar, April 10. 2015 in Miami, Florida. This seminar will provide the architectural, engineering, construction, finance and legal industry with details about P3s from professionals who have successfully navigated and completely understand its complexities. Our panel of industry leaders will present the necessary considerations and suggested solutions for a successful P3 project. We will discuss changes in Florida law affecting P3 jobs and highlight emerging trends in the way P3 jobs are approached in Florida. This program is designed to ensure perspectives from both the public and private sectors, the financial and the legal side. Frank M. Rapoport and Joshua A. Levy will participate as faculty members on various panels during the seminar. Event Link:

Jerry P. Brodsky
Frank M. Rapoport
Joshua A. Levy