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.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Brett J. Moritz has joined the firm’s Miami office as an Associate. Mr. Moritz focuses on a variety of litigation issues including construction defect litigation and construction dispute resolution. He was previously an Associate Attorney with a Miami law firm where he specialized […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Stefan Chin and Nathan Cohen have been elevated to the firm’s partnership. P&A has also announced the elevation of three attorneys to the position of Senior Counsel: Levi Barrett (New York, NY), Ian Schlanger (River Edge, NJ), and Chris Sweeney (Washington, DC), and the promotion […]
On October 26, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (the “Eleventh Circuit”) issued a decision which reversed an award of prevailing party attorneys’ fees to performance bond sureties in their dispute with a contractor arising from the contractor’s claim against a subcontractor’s performance bond. Had the lower court’s decision been […]
What California Contractors Need To Know About AB 3018 California contractors used to face limited consequences for non-compliance with the state’s skilled and trained workforce requirements on public works projects. A sea-change to the statutory landscape went into effect on January 1, 2019 as a result of Assembly Bill No. 3018 (“AB 3018”).1 The Code […]
Stephen H. Reisman, Vice Chairman of Peckar & Abramson and Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Miami office, co-authored a bylined article entitled “Decision Further Erodes Florida’s Statute of Repose for Latent Construction Defects” that published in the Daily Business Review on January 9, 2019. Mr. Reisman and Mr. Handfinger described how recent […]
Alexandra E. Busch, Associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article in the November/December 2018 edition of the AGC Law in Brief Newsletter entitled “Contractors Beware: Completing Work Directed Only by a Contracting Officer’s Rep is at Your Own Risk”. The article explains the difference between apparent and actual authority and whether the […]
Richard R. Volack, Partner in the firm’s New York office and Chair of the firm’s Information Technology Committee, was quoted as an expert source in a Law360 story ‘What Construction Attys Must Know On Information Modeling’ which published November 16, 2018. Mr. Volack commented on cybersecurity procedures that general contractors should follow to mitigate risk […]
Curtis W. Martin, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Texas offices, has been named 2018 Ride Marshal of the Year for the annual BP MS 150. The annual 150-mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, Texas took place on April 28-29, 2018. The ride has become the largest event of its kind in North America. Teaching, […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Commercial and Real Estate Litigation attorney Crystal V. Venning has joined the firm’s New York office as an Associate. Venning’s expertise includes construction litigation in addition to drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex technology business contracts. She was previously Assistant Counsel II for the Office of […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Sadiq Tony Ali has joined the firm’s Houston office as an Associate. Mr. Ali focuses his practice on construction litigation. He is knowledgeable regarding real estate development, construction defect litigation and the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act. Admitted in Texas, he was previously an Associate […]
Michael S. Zicherman, partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, was quoted as a source in Law360’s pre-election story about transportation ballots to watch for in the 2018 mid-term elections. Mr. Zicherman commented on gas tax increases, bond issuances and so-called lockbox measures ensuring that transportation and infrastructure funds be exclusively for their intended purpose. […]
On September 10, 2018 California’s Governor took an ambitious stance on environmental policy and signed Senate Bill 100 (“SB100”). The bill accelerates several Renewables Portfolio Standards (“RPS”) deadlines previously established by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill’s most notable effect—it requires that 100 percent of California’s electricity come from renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045. […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has earned 25 top National and Metropolitan rankings in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019. “We are honored to receive exceptional national rankings in Construction Law, Construction Litigation and Real Estate by U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms, as well as […]
Effective October 9, 2018, employers in New York were required to adopt a compliant sexual harassment policy (or the State’s model policy which is available on the State’s website . However, the State has provided additional time for the training requirement to be met. All employees must complete the model training (available on the State’s […]
Robert S. Peckar, Founding Partner in the firm’s New York office, spoke at the Global Leaders in Construction Management Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University on October 4, 2018. Mr. Peckar’s presentation titled “Can International Construction Managers Succeed without Corruption in a Corrupt World?” discussed the keys to a successful international […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Samarth Barot has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as an Associate. Mr. Barot focuses his practice on construction litigation, commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Barot is admitted in Virginia and was previously a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Bruce D. White, Chief Judge […]
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that Steven M. Charney, Chairman, in collaboration with Syracuse University, launches the Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute. The Infrastructure Institute’s overarching goal is to facilitate the effective and efficient development of new, modernized and socially responsible public infrastructure. The Institute’s core mission is to achieve this goal by integrating […]
Denis Ducran, Senior Counsel in the firm’s Houston office, was featured in the Law & Risk Mitigation Today II section in the September 2018 issue of Engineering News Record. Mr. Ducran provided insight into the arbitration process as an efficient dispute resolution solution and on no damage for delay clauses.
Robert S. Peckar and Denis Serkin co-authored Chapter 2 titled “Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects” in the eighth edition of The Projects and Construction Review published in August 2018. Mr. Peckar and Mr. Serkin discuss dispute resolutions in the construction process including construction disputes in domestic and international projects, solving problems at the project level, […]
Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s Miami office and Nathalie Vergoulias, Associate in the firm’s Miami office, co-authored a by-liner titled “Statute of Repose for Latent Construction Defects Extension Creates Increased Risk” which published on September 24, 2018 in the Daily Business Review. The by-liner describes the impact of the amended statute of […]