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 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 […]
Craig A Landy, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office, has written, “Liquidated Damages in Construction Contracts: An ‘Exclusive Remedy’ for Delays in NY?” an article for the New York Law Journal. Craig discusses how careful attention must be paid to the development and drafting of liquidated damages provisions in operating under New […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Nicholas J. Zaita has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as Partner. In addition, K. Greer Kuras and Anthony Melon have joined the firm’s New York office as Associates, and Kellie Ros has joined the firm’s Houston, Texas office as an […]
If New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo decides to sign the current version of this bill, S2766-C, into law, the law will take effect within 120 days and it will make all contractors on private projects strictly liable for unpaid wage claims (including benefits) by employees of subcontractors at every tier. The new law would […]
Kim Altsuler, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, and Gregory H. Chertoff, co-managing partner of the firm’s New York office, have co-authored the article, “Mold—It’s Still Growing! Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Mold in Construction and Renovation” with Chip D’Angelo and Chris Spicer of Gallagher Bassett. The article, written for Construction Executive, discusses […]
Kevin J. O’Connor, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Labor and Employment practice, and Associate Lauren Rayner Davis, were quoted in a sidebar in Construction Executive‘s article, “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™: Forging a Contract for a COVID-Exit World.” The sidebar discusses the question, “Can Contractors Mandate Employers to Provide Proof of Vaccination Against COVID-19?” […]
Melissa Salsano, Senior Counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office, and Steven M. Charney, Chair of the firm, have written “It’s a New World in 2021 – The Ongoing Rebalancing of Efficiencies, Risk Management and Dispute Resolution,” an article featured in Construction Executive (CE)’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™” issue, in which Peckar & […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, has been shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2021. According to Chambers, the awards “celebrate the fantastic achievements of firms […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked first among Construction Executive (CE)’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™.” P&A has been named in the first position since 2019, the inaugural year of the publication’s rankings. According to CE, to determine the 2021 ranking, the publication invited […]
Freddy Muñoz, Senior Counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, was quoted in the Daily Business Review/Law.com article, “Will Zoom Glitches Open the Door for New Deposition Technology for Litigators?” published on June 2, 2021. Freddy discusses the difference between being face-to-face and remote with witnesses, judges and jury. He also discusses how he believes […]