Gary M. Stein

Gary M. Stein is co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office and serves on the firm's Executive Committee. He also currently serves as general counsel for the South Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (South Florida AGC).  

Gary M. Stein

Co-Managing Partner, Miami Chair - Counsel, Associates and Paralegals Committee


+1 305.358.2600


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“As construction contracts and forms of engagement continue to evolve, it is essential that parties call upon experienced counsel who can navigate your business through various risk profiles.”


Gary’s primary area of practice is construction law and he is certified by the Florida Bar as a Construction Law Specialist. His practice includes the representation of general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, owner/developers and other construction professionals in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction and design defect claims, contract claims, construction lien claims, delay-and-impact claims, surety bond claims, insurance claims and related matters on low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial and municipal projects. His practice also includes the representation of civil infrastructure contractors on claims involving tunneling, bridges, roads and highways and energy infrastructure contractors on claims involving power plants, including nuclear power plants. Gary is also highly experienced in the negotiation and preparation of construction documents, as well as project administration assistance during construction for the early identification and resolution of conflicts and disputes.

Gary has represented clients in litigation and arbitration involving delays, liens, bonds, wrongful termination, differing site conditions and construction defects involving foundations, reinforced and post-tension concrete construction, masonry, roofing, drywall assemblies, stucco, EIFS systems, curtain wall systems, railings, paint, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, fire sprinkler systems and many other building systems and components in both domestic and international cases.

As lead counsel, Gary has successfully handled jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations and appeals. 

He has served as an arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association since 1989 and as a mediator in many large complex construction and commercial disputes.

Gary’s general litigation practice includes real estate, contract and business-related disputes.

Gary has authored numerous articles on various construction-related topics for Southeast Construction, the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association and others. He has also conducted seminars on various construction law topics for the National Business Institute, Lorman Educational Services, the Florida Construction Law Institute and the Miami-Dade County Bar Association.




State of Florida

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida


Associated General Contractors of America

Construction Association of South Florida

American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry and Litigation Section)

American Trial Lawyers Association

Miami-Dade County Bar Association

Education and Courses

University of Florida, B.A.

University of Miami School of Law, J.D.

Awards and Recognitions

Chambers USA, Construction Law, Florida, 2017 - 2021

Best Lawyers, 2006 - 2022

Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law – Miami region, 2013

Florida Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2021

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Who’s Who Legal: Construction, 2021

Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Specialist

South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer

Publications & Presentations

“Suretyship: FS 255.05, Miller Act, and Other Bonds,” Florida Bar’s Construction Law Institute (presenter), March 2022

“Effectively Preventing Construction Disputes,” South Florida AGC‘s Young Constructors Forum (presenter), June 2021

“How to Effectively Prevent Construction Disputes: Practical Tips and Strategies Explored,” The Knowledge Group Webinar (presenter), March 2021

“COVID-19 Discussion: The Present and Future for the Construction Community,” South Florida AGC (presenter), July 2020

“COVID-19 Site Safety Protocols and Revised OSHA Enforcement Guidance,” South Florida AGC (moderator), June 2020

“Structuring your Settlements in Multi-Party Litigation,” Construction Law Institute 2020, March 2020

“Construction Risk Management: Current Issues and Pitfalls Explored!,” The Knowledge Group Webinar (speaker), September 2019

“Extension of Time (EOT) Claims – Separating Fairy Tales from Facts.” 2019 American Arbitration Association Construction Conference: Techniques for Managing the Growing Complexities of Construction Disputes (panelist), April 2019

“Suretyship: FS 255.05, Miller Act, and Other Bonds,” Construction Law Certification Review Course (speaker), March 2019

“Resolving Construction Disputes Through Mediation: A Comprehensive Guide,” The Knowledge Group Live Webcast (panelist), December 2018

“Making Your Partnership Work: Joint Ventures in Construction,” Great American Insurance Group Conference (speaker), November 2016