Since our founding in 1978, when problems became too tough to solve on their own, general contractors, construction managers and owners/developers have turned to Peckar & Abramson to advocate for them and guide them to resolution, and have done so thousands of times.
Most importantly, We Deliver Results – We Win!
As the largest Construction and Infrastructure Practice in the country, it’s hard to imagine a law firm with more experience and success in resolving disputes and winning at trial or arbitration.
We mediate, arbitrate, and litigate every kind of construction-related commercial dispute:
We are at the forefront of creative dispute resolution strategies and do not default to a one-size-fits-all approach. Where our clients can benefit, we design and implement the right Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for the situation, or specifically tailor the approach to dispute resolution for the situation. Our experience regularly includes:
Where nothing else will do, we litigate or arbitrate with dogged determination.
We marshal the evidence; thoroughly prepare the witnesses; manage the experts; and create compelling presentations (including graphics and animations) to ensure that judges, juries or arbitrators easily grasp the issues and our arguments.
We leave no stone unturned as we prepare and advocate on your behalf.
Many of our attorneys are regularly sought to serve as mediators and arbitrators for construction disputes. Our clients benefit from early and rare insight into how their case will be perceived by those deciding it, from the perspective of both advocates and those that serve as ultimate decision makers.
As business advisors, we know that great value comes from the risk averted. We bring the same dogged determination and creativity to avoiding disputes as we do to winning them.
Our clients have come to recognize the results and enormous value we can bring through early involvement.
Peckar & Abramson offers a Construction Project Support Program℠ that provides a value-focused, proactive collaboration with clients to identify, avoid and resolve project issues before they become crises that strain relationships and devolve into disputes.
Preventive risk management saves time and money, keeps people focused on building, and avoids the stress invariably resulting from reactive problem management. We recognize that in today’s business environment, our clients’ focus is on building revenue and project completion — not on dispute resolution and litigation.
By meeting with project teams periodically over the course of a project, we:
We have tremendous litigators and also a proven team that is equally skilled in the art of mediation and arbitration. Some of our biggest successes, however, are when we resolve business disputes in a manner that preserves relationships and avoids significant costs for all parties.
National Construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Bruce D. Meller, partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, and Nathan A. Cohen, partner in P&A’s Los Angeles office, have been awarded 2021 Lexology Client Choice Awards in the area of Construction. This is the second consecutive year that the […]
National law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 18 firm attorneys have been named to the 2021 New York Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists. According to the publication, the lists are exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction as Super Lawyers and no more […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Founding Partner, Robert S. (“Bob”) Peckar was selected by Women Builders Council (WBC) as a 2021 We for She Inspiration Award recipient. Melissa Salsano, Senior Counsel in the firm’s New York office, also received WBC’s Next Generation of Women Builders Award. […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been named to the 2021 Texas Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists. According to the publication, the lists are “exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction as Super Lawyers and no more than […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location in Boston, Massachusetts, and the arrival of accomplished construction and commercial litigation partners, Richard E. Briansky and Amy B. Hackett, to the firm. “For nearly 44 years, P&A has provided industry leading legal services to construction clients across the United […]
Partners Levi W. Barrett (New York), Nathan A. Cohen (Los Angeles), and Stewart Shurtleff (Dallas) co-authored “Selecting the right delivery method for the job”, which appeared in Construction Dive on August 30, 2021. Just as our capacity to build has evolved over time, so too have the methods of project delivery. From Design-Bid-Build to CM-at-Risk […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Jerry P. Brodsky, Partner and Director of the firm’s Latin American Practice, has been elected Chair of the International Division (Division 8) of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Construction Law. Jerry’s two-year term begins September 1, 2021. Jerry will […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 56 of the firm’s attorneys, based in its New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas and Washington, DC offices, have been recognized by Best Lawyers. 41 of these attorneys were named to the 2022 The Best Lawyers in America© list while […]
Robert S. Peckar and Denis Serkin have written “Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects,” a chapter for the 11th edition of The Law Reviews’ The Projects and Construction Review. Bob and Denis discuss dispute resolution in the construction process, including construction disputes in domestic and international projects, solving problems at the project level, and the role […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Partner Charles E. Williams, III, has been named to City & State New York’s MWBE Power 50 list. According to City & State New York, the MWBE Power 50 list “recognizes the most influential individuals involved in government contracting for firms […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. When bidding a project, subsurface or latent site conditions that are not immediately apparent can massively impact the costs of performance to general contractors. Were contractors required to bid on projects without any information on pre-existing conditions, they would need either to be […]
Peckar & Abramson founding partner Robert S. Peckar and partner Michael S. Zicherman served as contributing editors of Lexology‘s Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2022, which provides members of the construction industry and construction related legal and business providers with special insight into key industry issues in 22 jurisdictions worldwide. They also co-authored the […]
Freddy Munoz, senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and associate Brett Moritz have written “Soaring Construction Material Prices: Tips for Reducing Ever-Increasing Costs”, an article for the Daily Business Review/Law.com. In the article, Freddy and Ben discuss the rising prices of construction materials as a result of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic […]
Jonathan Miles, senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, has written “Freedom of Contract and Its Limits: Selected Issues for the Construction Industry,” an article for the Construction Law Journal, the official publication of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Jonathan discusses freedom of contract, which has deep roots in […]
Matthew Moore, co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Texas offices, and Senior Associate Lee Banta, have written “The Force Majeure Doctrine and Standard Construction Form Contract Provisions: Revisiting an Old Contract Provision During These New Uncertain Times,” an article for the Construction Law Journal, the official publication of the Construction Law Section of the State […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce The Legal 500 United States has once again ranked P&A as a Tier One Firm in Construction Law. The publication named Co-Founding Partner Robert S. Peckar to the “Hall of Fame”, and Washington, DC Managing Partner Michael A. Branca and Partner Ronald […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been named to the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers® list. According to the publication, the list is exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction. The following P&A attorneys were named to the Florida Super […]
Michael A. Branca, managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, DC office, was quoted in Construction Dive‘s article, “The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about disagreements on public jobs,” published on June 29, 2021. Mike discusses changes orders in the article which focuses on disagreements on public construction jobs. He says, “There’s a […]
Levi W. Barrett, chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management practice, was quoted in Construction Executive‘s article, “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™: Forging a Contract for a COVID-Exit World.” Levi comments how he has witnessed an increase in attempts to shift design responsibilities to the contractor. He said, “Contractors have […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. As the need for faster and more efficient construction increases, design-build agreements are growing in popularity. Design-build projects may account for 44% of nonresidential building in the United States this year. However, contractors who venture into a “design builder” role may unexpectedly become […]