July 2016


July 19th - Construction Contracts 101: Demystifying Design & Construction Contracts for the Successful Project.
Location: New York City Bar, located at 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that Richard Volack, a Partner in the firm’s New York Office, will be presenting at the upcoming New York City Bar Center for CLE program entitled “Construction Contracts 101: Demystifying Design & Construction Contracts for the Successful Project." The program, which features several of the industry’s leading construction and development attorneys, will be presented from the specialized perspective of owners, developers, design professionals, primes, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and legal advisors and will walk participants through an in-depth analysis of the major contracting documents that compromise every construction project. The program will be held on Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00am – 12:30 pm at the New York City Bar, located at 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036. Participants may also register for the live webcast at

Richard R. Volack

Melinda S. Gentile, a Partner in the firm's Miami office, spoke at the Mechancial Contractors Association of South Florida on June 15, 2016 at Shulas Hotel in Miami Lakes, Florida. The presentation titled, "Killer Contract Clauses & Service Agreements", discussed various aspects of contract clauses including indemnification provisions and practical considerations, warranties, payment provisions and procedures, insurance and payment and performance bonds as well Operation and Maintenance Service Agreements.

Ben Williams, of the firm's Washington, D.C. office, authored an article in the American Bar Association Forum of Construction Law, Division 13 Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2016, titled, "Full Disclosure: What the New FCPA Pilot Program Means for Contractors". Effective April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, implemented a one-year pilot program designed to encourage contractors to self-disclose violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Although the program signals recognition of the business community’s desire for clarification and consistency in the enforcement process, it also underscores the inherent tension with DOJ’s need for continued discretion in resolving FCPA matters on a case-by-case basis. In that regard, the program may be more of a stepping stone to future developments in DOJ’s FCPA enforcement strategy. This article will identify the program’s key provisions and discuss how they may, or may not, impact a contractor’s decision to self-report.

Gary M. Stein, a Partner in the firm's Miami office, was quoted as an expert source in Miami Today's June 30, 2016 Financial issue in an article titled, "Construction Employment rolls swell more than 17% in year". The article discussed construction trends in Miami. Mr. Stein commented on Miami’s increase in construction activity, the demand for people to work for contractors and the efforts of professionals to make it all happen.

Stefan Chin, a Senior Associate in the firm's Miami Office, authored an article in the AGC of America Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 3, June 2016, titled " Mitigating the Risks of Cyberattacks in the Construction Industry". The article focuses on the increase in cyberattacks against U.S. companies, current trends in cyberattacks, potential risks to contractors and others in the construction industry, and key proactive steps construction companies across the U.S. can and should take to mitigate those risks.