Robert S. Peckar is a founding partner of Peckar & Abramson. Bob has devoted his career to serving the construction industry and bar. For decades, he has represented contractors throughout the United States and the world, gaining a widespread reputation for his legal acumen, his energetic representation and his creative approach to solving contractors’ most challenging problems. In that regard, he was among the pioneers of creative dispute avoidance and dispute resolution techniques in the construction industry. Bob is currently continuing that service to the firm’s clients, but also bringing expertise to clients around the globe in regard to corporate integrity programs and anticorruption issues (with particular emphasis on the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act).
“As the construction industry continues to adapt to increasing regulations and contractual constraints across the globe, our attorneys consistently adapt to these changes and remain at the forefront of industry trends.”
Bob’s unique level of service to the construction industry is exemplified by his tenure over many years as general counsel to the New York Building Congress (currently general counsel emeritus), the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York, the Building Contractors Association of New Jersey and the national Construction Financial Management Association. In addition, he has contributed his efforts to educational programs for the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Arbitration Association and many other organizations throughout the United States.
Service to the construction bar has also been an important element of Bob’s dedication to the betterment of the construction industry. He has been an active member of the construction-related sections of the American Bar Association (ABA), and has presented papers and programs at bar association events in the United States and abroad throughout his career. He is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, where he has chaired its ADR and International Law Committee.
Bob has authored many articles on construction law topics and dispute resolution in the industry, is a contributing author in several construction law textbooks and is the author of New Jersey Practice: Construction Law. He also serves as the Editor of Getting the Deal Through – Construction, an international survey of construction and construction law topics published by Law Business Research in coordination with the International Bar Association and the ABA Section of International Law.
Bob has been widely recognized as one of the leading construction lawyers for many years. For seven successive years, he was awarded the distinction as the Leading Construction Lawyer in the World by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. In 2021, The Legal 500: United States named Bob to the “Hall of Fame” and in 2020 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Bob is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, the State of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Circuits, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. Bob received his bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University and his law degree from Columbia Law School.
State of New Jersey
State of New York
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Associated General Contractors of America
Building Trades Employers Association of New York
Building Contractors Association of New Jersey
Construction Management Association of America
American Road and Transportation Builders Association
American College of Construction Lawyers (Fellow)
American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum)
International Bar Association
Rutgers University, B.A.
Columbia Law School, J.D.
Chambers USA, Construction Law, Nationwide, 2017 - 2021
Chambers USA, Construction Law, New York, 2017 - 2021
ALM & Martindale-Hubbell “New York Top-Rated Lawyers”, 2019 - 2020
The Legal 500: United States - "Hall of Fame," 2021
The Legal 500: United States
Who’s Who Legal: Business, Leading Construction Lawyer in the World
Who’s Who Legal: Construction, Senior Statespeople - 2021
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Best Lawyers, 2003 - 2022
Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law-New York City, 2014
Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation-Construction Law-New York City, 2021
New York-Metro Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2021
New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2021
New Jersey Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020
Women Builders Council "We for She Inspiration Award", 2021
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