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.
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 25 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers® Lists in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, DC.* According to the publication, the lists are exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction. The […]
The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on June 18, 2020 and is making its way up to Congress. The bill will create millions of jobs and provide substantial investment in the nation’s deteriorating highways, […]
Contractors doing business with the Federal Government, particularly with the Department of Defense (“DoD”), commonly handle sensitive information that is not intended to be disseminated. Controlled Unclassified Information (“CUI”) is one such type and is more specifically defined as “information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with laws, regulations and government-wide […]
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 was also named in the first position in 2019, the inaugural year of the publication’s rankings. Published in CE’s June 2020 issue, the rankings feature […]
On June 3, 2020, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) published and implemented revised regulations pertaining to the debarment of contractors. The revised regulations address many of the deep concerns raised by the contracting community. Under relevant administrative procedure, the MTA publication of the revised regulations starts a 45 day notice period before the regulations can […]
Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair, authored “Building Bridges: The Realities and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Law” for Best Lawyers Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition. Mindy discusses the current state of the challenges and opportunities facing the growing pool of diverse construction attorneys.
The article “Reduce Construction Risk With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,” written by Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Kris Lengieza, Senior Director of Business Development at Procore Technologies, was published in Construction Executive on June 2, 2020. Adam and Kris discuss the impact of technology on the construction […]
Effective Monday, June 8, 2020, New York City moves into Phase 1 of reopening. The New York City Department of Buildings has released new COVID-19 safety guidance for property owners and contractors of all permitted construction sites across the City. All jobs sites must adhere to the new rules. Click here to view the guidance […]
The article, “South Florida’s Aging Infrastructure: Land of Perils and Opportunities,” written by Brett J. Moritz, an Associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Matthew H. Scott, a Partner with Dunay, Miskel & Backman, was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on June 3, 2020. Brett and Matthew discuss how due to aging infrastructure, […]
Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair, authored “Building Bridges: The Realities and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Law” for Best Lawyers Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition. Mindy discusses the current state of the challenges and opportunities facing the growing pool of diverse construction attorneys. Read the article here.
Melinda (“Mindy”) Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair and Partner in the firm’s Miami office, was quoted in Engineering News-Record‘s article, “Virus Snarls Hurricane Preparation,” published on June 3, 2020. Discussing the effect of the intersection of hurricane season and the coronavirus pandemic on construction, she says “a major weather event could exacerbate […]
Nathalie N. Vergoulias, an Associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, has earned a Legal Spanish Certification from the University of Miami School of Law. The Legal Spanish Certification course delivers 72 hours of instruction over a 20-week period, taught entirely in Spanish. During this period, Nathalie performed tasks typical to the legal systems of […]
Patrick J. Greene, Jr., Senior Partner and Co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s COVID-19 Task Force, recently answered Construction Dive readers’ coronavirus legal questions as part of the publication’s “May Mailbag” feature. Questions include: (1) What types of guidance should contractors follow in order to maintain jobsite health and safety? (2) How can we adequately provide […]
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Q&A in conjunction with CohnReznick and Lockton Companies on May 27, 2020.
Effective May 10, 2020, the City of New York enacted a law prohibiting most public and private employers from testing prospective employees for marijuana pursuant to a pre-employment drug test. The prohibition was added as a new basis of unlawful employment discrimination pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL” – Section 8-107, […]
The Government is Here to Help You – Be Careful: Best Business Practices in the Post-COVID World. Presentation in conjunction with Guidepost Solutions LLC on May 14, 2020.
The article “Is My Lawyer a Robot? Technology’s Impact on Professional Services,” written by Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Rob M. Drover, Vice President of Business Solutions at Marcum, was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on May 14, 2020. Adam and Rob discuss the readily available technologies […]
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 142 providing for the resumption of non-essential construction projects in New Jersey as of Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6 a.m. Paragraph two of the Order, which can be viewed here, includes mandatory health and safety protocols to be followed. For a […]
Frank Hess, Senior Counsel with Peckar & Abramson’s Construction and Infrastructure practice, passed away on May 3, 2020 at the age of 61. Frank was known at P&A and by peers in the New Jersey and New York construction bars as a gifted attorney, trusted colleague, and tenacious litigator who possessed a high degree of […]
Over the next several weeks and months construction projects that had been shuttered will be restarted and new projects will be commenced. This Alert provides a checklist of issues that should be considered before starting or restarting such projects. These issues are drawn from lessons learned on “essential” projects that continued in hard-hit areas, guidance […]