Michael A. Branca is co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, D.C. office and serves on the firm's Executive Committee. He focuses his practice on construction and government contract law. Mike routinely represents general and prime contractors, construction managers, and other members of the construction and government contract industries. Given his depth of experience, he is able to provide an impressive range of services to his clients, including the review and negotiation of contract documents, prosecution of bid protests, project counsel support and guidance, and the preparation and litigation of claims.
“Working with clients to solve complex problems is the most satisfying part of serving the construction and government contract industries.”
Mike has been involved with a wide variety of projects, both public and private. In the public arena, Mike has provided counsel on high profile federal health care facilities, courthouses, and military construction projects, civil works to include dam construction and remediation, rail, bridge and highway projects, and solar power facilities. In the private sector, in addition to all manner of general building projects, Mike has extensive experience providing counsel, arbitrating and litigating substantial claims on power generation facilities, including nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, and solar.
Mike was elected a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers in 2019. Mike has been recognized since 2007 as one of the leading lawyers in the field of Construction Law by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mike has been noted by one Chambers source as having “a niche specialty relating to federal acquisition regulations.” One client reported that Mike was “very knowledgeable in how federal law applies to federal projects” and was “deemed to be a go-to lawyer for projects that involve the Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.” Mike has been recognized by BTI to its 2016 list of Client Service All-Stars.
Mike is the immediate past editor of the Construction Lawyer, the flagship publication of ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. Mike is also a past chair of the Board of Governors of the Construction and Public Contract Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.
Commonwealth of Virginia
District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuits
United States Court of Federal Claims
American Bar Association (Forum on Construction Law)
Virginia State Bar (Board of Governors, Construction and Public Contract Law Section)
American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Washington Building Congress
Association of General Contractors (Virginia Chapter)
University of Virginia, B.A
Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, J.D, with distinction
Chambers USA, Construction Law, Washington, DC, 2008 - 2022
The Legal 500: United States, “Leading Lawyer,” 2021
Who’s Who Legal: Construction, 2013 - 2022
Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2010, 2013 - 2021
Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Top-100 Attorneys, 2021
Best Lawyers, 2018 - 2022
Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers, Inducted 2019
BTI Consulting Group, Inc. Client Service All-Star, 2016
“Killer Contract Clauses,” Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington Presentation (presenter), April 2022.
“Federal Government Contracting: Year in Review,” P&A Webinar (moderator), January 2021.
AGC Federal Contractors Conference, (speaker) June 2020.
“Presenting and Proving Delay and Disruption Claims,” 4th Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar 2019: Government Contracts Trial Practice Tune-Up (panelist), September 2019.
“Managing Subcontractors on Federal Contract Delay Claims,” 2018 Construction Superconference (presenter), December 2018.
Federal Government Construction Contracts, third edition, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (author and lead editor), 2017.
“Public Contracting Under The Trump Administration,” P&A Peer Conference (speaker), April 2017.
“The 2017 Regulatory Road Ahead: What Construction Contractors Need to Know,” P&A and AGC Joint Seminar (presenter), January 2017.
Virginia Construction Law, Thomson West (co-author), 2008.
Peckar & Abramson Has the Largest Total Number of US Attorneys Ranked by Who’s Who Legal: Construction and is the Only US Firm in the Top Five; Denis Serkin One of Only Four US Attorneys Recognized as a Future Leader