Practice Areas


  • Seton Hall University, School of Law, J.D.
  • Susquehanna University, B.A.


  • Maryland State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum, Fidelity and Surety Law section, Litigation section)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (Government Contracts and Litigation section)
  • Virginia State Bar (Construction Law and Public Contracts section)
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Maryland Bar Association
  • Washington Building Congress (Community Services Committee)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers in Surety, Construction and Government Contracts, 2014


  • Accidental Waiver of Claims, HCC Surety Group (Fall, 2012)
  • Legal Implications for Building Code Violations, Lorman (Fall, 2012, 2013)
  • Performance Bond Surety’s Right to Complete, HCC Surety Group (Fall, 2010)
  • Subcontracting Issues, NECA and SMACNA Maryland Chapters (various dates, 2008-2009)
  • Federal Mentor-Protégé Program (Winter, 2004) (co-organizer)
  • Opportunities for Small and Growing Businesses with the District of Columbia and Federal Government (Winter, 2003) (co-organizer)
  • Researching Bankruptcy Law on the Internet, The Construction Lawyer, Spring, 2002 (co-author)
  • The District of Columbia Practice Manual, Government Contracts Section, 11th Ed. 2002 (co-author)

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Michael C. Zisa


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Washington D.C.
2055 L. Street, N.W.
Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel 202.293.8815
Fax 202.293.7994

Michael C. Zisa focuses his practice on construction, surety and government contracts law. He has successfully represented sureties, general contractors, subcontractors and owners in litigation before federal and state courts in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia as well as various contract appeals boards and in alternative dispute resolution forums. Although well-versed in the litigation process, Mr. Zisa regularly assists and counsels clients to avoid litigation when possible through planning and preemptive actions including contract review and negotiation, contract administration assistance and claim development and analysis. In addition to a construction, surety and government contracts practice, Mr. Zisa represents business entities ranging from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies with regard to commercial litigation and transactional matters.

Mr. Zisa represents construction clients on public and private projects with regard to a variety of matters ranging from prosecution and defense of breach of contract and request for equitable adjustment claims to payment bond, performance bond and mechanic’s lien claims. His work for surety clients includes analysis and defense of payment bond and performance bond claims, negotiation and administration of takeover arrangements and prosecution of subrogation and indemnity actions.

Mr. Zisa regularly speaks on construction and surety issues and was recently recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the areas of construction litigation, surety and government contracts.

Before joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Zisa was the managing partner of a Chambers USA ranked boutique construction litigation and surety firm. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three children.