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 115 lawyers and oﬃces in 11 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.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to welcome the newest member of its growing Texas offices with the arrival of Stephen E. Irving, an accomplished labor and employment attorney with decades of experience in construction law. “With Stephen’s addition, P&A continues to expand the depth of our resources in Texas and across the country. […]
Consistent with a growing trend across the country, New York has joined with other States, including neighboring New Jersey, to broaden the scope of New York’s whistleblower statute that protects employees who report certain violations of law from employer retaliation. New York did so by amending New York Labor Law § 740 (“NYLL § 740”). […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that New York partner Charles E. Williams, III has been named a recipient of the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA)’s 2021 MWBE Leadership Award. Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) states the award, “recognizes leaders whose determination and guidance through the challenges of […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has earned 33 top National and Metropolitan rankings in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2022 review. This is the 13th consecutive year that the firm has been ranked in the top tier for Construction Law nationally. “We are […]
The California Supreme Court recently issued two important decisions reinterpreting and limiting the historically broad application of California’s prevailing wage law: Mendoza v. Fonseca McElroy Griding Co. and Busker v. Wabtec Corp Compliance with California’s prevailing wage law on public works projects has always been challenging for contractors and subcontractors due to the broad language […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Neal Sklar has been appointed General Counsel and Chair of the Governance Committee on the Executive Board of Directors for the Latin Builders Association (LBA). The LBA states that it is “the largest Hispanic construction association in the United States.” Neal’s two-year […]
The last eighteen months have brought tumultuous change for employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has been a great disruptor, and has brought rules, regulations and related agency guidance that have served to overwhelm even the most conscientious and attentive employer. The welcomed arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has, in many respects, caused many […]
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 […]
New York Partner Christopher B. Kinzel authored, “Liquidated Damages: Six Points Contractors Should Understand,” which appeared on ConstructionExec.com on October 6, 2021. Christopher’s article serves as a practical and important guide on how to manage and leverage liquidated damages. He states, “It is important to understand the basic definition of a legally enforceable liquidated damages […]
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 […]