First and foremost, we are Construction and Infrastructure lawyers. Our foundation is grounded in the industry and clientele that our founders were drawn to at our firm’s inception — general contractors, construction managers, owners/developers, sureties, specialty suppliers and trade contractors and all entities involved in constructing the built environment in every dimension, public and private.
From inception through the bitter end of a hard fought litigation or dispute, we regularly handle all forms and all types of Construction and Infrastructure Projects:
We counsel clients on every type of project delivery method, including:
We deliver practical, no-nonsense, tactical and strategic guidance born of deep industry insight into the law and the industry we have chosen to represent.
Our Construction Dispute Resolution Group has decades of experience helping clients avoid disputes, promote positive relationships, maximize successful results and maintain profitability. We structure, advocate for and defend against complex claims of every type. We mediate, arbitrate, litigate and try cases to achieve outstanding results, again and again.
We draft and negotiate the contracts. We close the deals. We provide guidance, training and risk management support throughout the life cycle of projects. Our Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management Group is involved in many hundreds of major construction transactions every year. Our decades-long experience coupled with our long-term view provides us with an understanding of the industry in its every nuance and many facets. The breadth of our exposure to every issue that affects the industry affords us a singular perspective.
We recognize that strong working relationships with other project participants are critical to overall success. Beyond providing a winning legal strategy, we facilitate improved business relationships between our clients and their own clients wherever possible.
We spot the industry trends that give our clients a critical edge. When new forms of project agreements are introduced or regulations being formulated, our attorneys often guide the industry. Through our service to the industry, we influence positive changes as regulations are codified.
As industry insiders, we are often well acquainted with those charged with overseeing and regulating the industry and, by having their respect, facilitate critical interchange between our clients and regulators. We leverage our unparalleled knowledge, insight and years of service to the industry to our clients’ advantage at every opportunity.
With over 100 lawyers and oﬃces in 10 major cities across the United States and extensive experience with projects around the globe, Peckar & Abramson has more construction-focused practitioners than any other law ﬁrm in the country. Many of our lawyers and other professionals have firsthand knowledge of a client’s perspective — knowledge gained through their experience working in the industry. P&A provides a deep bench and extraordinarily comprehensive expertise.
Our relationships with industry associations, industry leaders and regulators provide us with deep insight into the issues that matter most to our clients. Our pro bono contributions to the construction industry include service to the following industry organizations:
Associated General Contractors of America • Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) • Associated General Contractors of New York • Associated General Contractors of Florida • Houston Contractors Association • General Contractors Association of New York • Associated General Contractors of Texas • National Contract Management Association (NCMA) North Texas Chapter • New York Building Congress • Associated General Contractors of California • Building Trades Employers Association of New York • Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey • New York Construction Alliance • Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) • TEXO • Dallas Bar Association • New York City Bar Association • Lean Construction Institute • Construction Leaders Council, AGC of New York and Texas • ACE Mentor Program Of Greater New York • Numerous other state and regional associations and committees.
Clients that started with us at the beginning, and those that have given us the opportunity to assist them every year since, have stayed with us. The reason: Since we opened our doors, we have offered our clients the highest levels of legal knowledge, value and attentive service, along with our full commitment to obtaining the best possible results. We still do.
Peckar & Abramson was uniquely founded on the goal of delivering real-world, no-nonsense advice and counsel to the construction industry. We take pride in our well-known Results First℠ mindset and our commitment to excellence. At every level of the firm, our lawyers and staff are dedicated to these guiding principles and the industry we have chosen to represent.
COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Expanded Leave Under Federal, NJ, NY/NYC Laws and Layoffs. Presentation date March 30, 2020 (Presentation Slides)
COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Workplace Safety – OSHA, CDC, and Virus Testing. Presentation date March 26, 2020 (Presentation Slides)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has, or likely will have, negative economic consequences for many, including companies facing significantly reduced cash flow and unprecedented liquidity concerns as they attempt to meet obligations like payroll. Companies may need to utilize their credit facilities for working capital. While the access to credit facilities is critically important, the negative […]
When an employer is sued for employment discrimination and is facing trial, one common evidentiary fight is whether the employer will be permitted to introduce evidence of other claims of discrimination or harassment that the plaintiff has made against former or subsequent employers. Taking discovery from a plaintiff concerning other claims is essential, and it […]
Employers nationwide are struggling to cope with the developing situation regarding COVID-19. OSHA and the CDC have issued preliminary guidance for employers and workplaces in coping with the instant epidemic. OSHA’s complete guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 is available HERE. The CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and employers is available HERE. In this alert, […]
Warren Friedman‘s article, “Here’s Some Guidance for Construction Contractors About Mitigating Coronavirus Risks,” was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 27, 2020. As work on some construction projects in South Florida has been suspended, it is likely more suspensions will follow. Friedman discusses what contractors can do to avoid losses due to the […]
In a time when multiple new regulations and guidance from the Federal Government, as well as Executive Orders from states and counties abound, one new piece of federal legislation – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) – deserves attention from every industry. Signed into law on March 18, 2020, the Act – which […]
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting the construction industry in both the public and private sectors. A recent Associated General Contractors online survey revealed that more than a quarter of the respondents have already been directed to halt or delay work on a project. See Associated General Contractors, Data Digest, Vol. 20, No. 11, March 23, […]
This memorandum provides the background guidance, a summary action-plan, and an appendix with resources from the CDC, OSHA, and the EEOC. For more specific local information, please be guided by information being issued by your local public health offcials and state and local authorities. Laws and guidance are evolving rapidly and may be subject to […]
Right now, your construction projects may be in a state of uncertainty and flux as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, but in the future, you may need to be specific about added costs and time lost to secure time extensions and recoveries. Action now may be enormously helpful in the future. Many contractors are […]
Gary Stein was quoted in an article titled, “South Florida Builders Active, But Pipeline Stalls Amid Coronavirus”, which appeared in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 19, 2020. Stein was quoted a number of times throughout the piece, stating “In the construction industry, time is money. So if there is a suspension of a project […]
“Effective tomorrow … the City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston.” This was just one of the surprises that greeted contractors last week. Contractors and owners with projects across the country are scrambling to comply with mandated governmental suspensions. Project participants should begin contingency planning for possible project shutdowns. Reacting to […]
Richard R. Volack, Chair of the firm’s Cyber Security & Data Privacy practice, recently discussed how construction companies should react to a hack with Construction Dive. He urges every company to have a response plan, insurance, and a relationship with a data analyst who can quickly help investigate the magnitude of a hack. Construction Dive
The Coronavirus has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of media coverage since the start of 2020. As we approach the end of the first quarter of the year, its impact on local and global economies and our way of life cannot be ignored. This Alert will provide the construction industry with guidance and […]
The Problem: Have you ever run into the following situation: The Project Owner insists on performance of change or extra work with no written, signed change order, with a promise to provide you as General Contractor or CM with a change order later. You remind them that the contract requires a written, signed change order […]
On February 26, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board issued its final rule governing joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The final rule restores the joint-employer standard that was applied for several decades prior to the 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris, giving greater clarity and guidance. The new rule will benefit employers in the […]
Joe Reisman, retired partner and father of our Vice Chairman, Stephen Reisman, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2019 at the age of 91. Well-known in and beyond the South Florida real estate, construction and legal communities, we remember Joe fondly as an engaging, kind, and brilliant individual – an example of the “consummate gentleman”. […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Bruce D. Meller, a Partner in the Firm’s New Jersey office, has been awarded the 2020 Client Choice Award in the area of Construction in the United States. Bruce is the sole recipient of the award in his respective category in the United States. “This award […]
Thanks to the newly minted “New York City Public Works Investment Act,” seven NYC agencies have been granted the authority to use a Design-Build Contract model when putting their construction projects up for bid. This approach, in which one contract outlines both design and construction requirements, is meant to cut project costs and reduce timetables […]