August 2015

Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that founding partner Robert S. Peckar and partner Michael S. Zicherman served as contributing editors of Getting the Deal Through—Construction 2016. The attorneys co-authored the introduction to Getting the Deal Through, Construction 2016 as well as the chapter titled United States, published by Law Business Research, Ltd. Getting the Deal Through—Construction provides members of the construction industry and construction related legal and business providers with special insight into key industry issues in twenty-six (26) jurisdictions worldwide.

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Construction 2016, (published in July 2015; contributing editors: Robert S Peckar and Michael S Zicherman, Peckar & Abramson PC) For further information please visit

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September 10th - American Global Inaugural Construction Forum 2015
Location: Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida

Stephen H. Reisman and Jerry P. Brodsky will be speaking as panel members at the American Global Inaugural Construction Forum on September 10, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida. The American Global Inaugural Construction Forum will host prominent speakers from the legal, accounting, lending, concessionaire, and risk management perspective in the construction industry. The topics of discussion will include on a macro and local (South Florida) level: social infrastructure, residential infrastructure and civil construction.

Stephen H. Reisman
Jerry P. Brodsky


September 08th - Mid-Project Changes in Construction Financing: Practical Considerations

Stephen H. Reisman and Michael C. Zisa will be speaking at the National Association of Surety Bond Producers virtual seminar on September 8, 2015 starting at 2:00pm EDT. The seminar titled "Mid-Project Changes in Construction Financing: Practical Considerations" will discuss how mid-project changes in an owner’s construction financing can cause unforeseen and unintended complications for sureties providing payment and performance bonds as well as the contractor, subcontractors and even the owner. Mr. Reisman and Mr. Zisa will use a case study to highlight the potential issues resulting from mid-project changes in construction financing including dual obligee riders and priority of lien rights, and discuss strategies to avoid pitfalls from the perspective of all project participants.
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Stephen H. Reisman
Michael C. Zisa

Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Monique S. Cardenas, an attorney in the firm's Miami office is now a Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer. Board certification is the highest level of competency and experience within an area of law recognizing an attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in construction law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

Ralf R. Rodriguez authored an article that appeared in the Daily Business review on August 3, 2015. The article titled "State on the Lookout for Workers' Comp Fraud in Construction" focuses on how Agents from the Florida Department of Financial Services (the "DFS") have broad investigative powers to investigate insurance fraud, including entering and coming on to construction projects to interview witnesses, request project records, and issue stop work orders. Insurance fraud investigations arise under many contexts but the most common type of case that arises in the context of a construction project is the failure to have proper worker's compensation insurance. Contractors who receive an investigative request from the DFS are well advised to seek assistance from outside counsel to respond to such requests. The use of outside counsel is important because Courts are more likely to uphold the work product doctrine or claims asserting the attorney-client privilege when outside counsel is retained to respond to investigative inquiries. The current trend of insurance fraud investigations in Florida is expected to continue, which is why contractors should make sure that they have a proper compliance policy in effect to respond to any DFS investigative requests or site inspections.