January 2017

Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that seven attorneys from its Texas offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston, have achieved Texas Board Certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) in the program’s inaugural year for the category of Construction Law. As a result, P&A now has the most Texas Board Certified construction law attorneys in any law firm. The seven P&A attorneys now Board Certified in Construction Law in Texas are:

George C. Baldwin, Partner (Austin)
J. Paulo Flores, Partner (Dallas)
Jeffrey A. Ford, Partner (Dallas)
Tracy Russell Galimore, Senior Counsel (Houston)
Curtis W. Martin, Partner (Houston)
Timothy D. Matheny, Partner (Dallas)
Matthew S. C. Moore, Partner (Houston)

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Gregory R. Begg, a partner in the firm's New Jersey office, along with Alexander Saunders, a senior associate in the firm's New Jersey office, authored an article in the December 2016 issue of Utility and Transportation Contractor magazine. The article titled, "Comply with New Labor Regulations by December 1st or Risk Wage Claims" discusses the U.S. Department of Labor's new rules that took effect on December 1, 2016 and double the minimum salary threshold to qualify for overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to the new rules, failure to comply with the new requirements will expose employers to claims for unpaid overtime, attorney's fees and liquidated damages by all underpaid workers.

J. D. Holzheauser, an associate in the firms Austin office, authored an article entitled "Texas Energy Sector Infrastructure Improvements Pave the Way for Good Business" which was published in the January 2017 issue of Texas Contractor. The article provided a description of existing and planned oil and gas production in Texas, existing legislation and funding as well as details on TxDOT’s Energy Sector Corridor Improvements Program intended to improve roads in the state’s major energy sector corridors.

Frank M. Rapoport, a partner in the firm's New York Office and head of the firm’s Public-Private Partnership practice group, authored a bylined article for Law360 entitled "The Sky’s the Limit for Public-Private Aerial Transit" which published January 6, 2017.

The article discusses the future of urban transportation and the aerial transit systems now being explored to transport commuters and tourists in such urban locations as Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Washington D.C. and San Diego, to name a few. The public-private partnership (P3) model is emerging as a favored way of delivering and maintaining these green and cost-efficient solutions to traffic congestion. The evolution of aerial tramway and gondola lift technology, its applications so far in the US to alleviate urban congestion, and how such a project can be delivered through a P3. While typically used for ski resorts, aerial tramways have been deployed in the urban environment in recent times. The Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City and the Portland (Oregon) Aerial Tram are examples where this technology has been successfully adapted for public transport purposes.


Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Matthew S. C. Moore has joined the firm as a partner in P&A’s Construction and Surety practice groups. In addition to Moore, the firm welcomes Senior Counsel Tracy Russell Galimore and Associate Angela A. L. Connor. Moore, Galimore and Connor, who are based in the firm’s Houston office, bring a wealth of experience in construction litigation and surety law to the firm’s deep bench in these areas of law.

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