Peckar & Abramson represents its clients – including General Contractors, Construction Managers and others across the Construction Industry as well as clients from all business disciplines – as they face the daily challenges presented by the complexities of Cyber Security, Information Integrity, and Data Privacy. Whether preparing policies and procedures or responding to an incident, P&A’s seasoned advisors provide guidance based on our deep understanding of our clients’ business and the legal issues concerning cyber security and data privacy, the technologies employed by construction businesses, and the importance of maintaining privacy and security to our clients’ daily and long-term operations. Before an incident ever occurs, in response to a breach, or in the aftermath, we help our clients move forward and get back to business.
Lawyers in P&A’s Cyber Security and Data Privacy practice continuously monitor and advise our clients on existing and developing data privacy laws in the U.S. and abroad. We leverage our strategic relationships with technology forensics firms, as well as insurers providing cyber insurance coverage, often advising clients and collaborating with these firms when obtaining and revising insurance coverage. We engage with top-tier forensics firms whenever necessary to facilitate incident investigations and response, maintaining the attorney-client privilege throughout the entire process.
P&A’s understanding of the construction industry – including a deep and thorough comprehension of nearly all technologies commonly used across our clients’ businesses – enables P&A to efficiently solve problems, even before our clients ever encounter an event. We work with some of the largest builders in the industry to swiftly create pre-event compliance and post-event procedural policies, provide training, and create incident response plans. When events do occur, we are engaged in incident investigations, and, when necessary, litigation that follows significant breaches and other events.
Policies & Procedures – Development, Implementation and Training. Peckar & Abramson attorneys create client- and industry-specific Cyber Security and Data Privacy policies and procedures, develop and present training modules for our clients’ staff, and conduct specific training for client field personnel to reduce the risk of clients exposing their firms and personnel to various viruses and malware.
Breach Coaching and Crisis Advisory Services. P&A attorneys counsel clients during and following a breach event, and provide crisis management advice and assistance with crisis communications, both internally across an organization, and, when necessary, externally. We have provided direction to our clients’ senior leadership following significant events, which has helped to avoid or mitigate potential (and costly) litigation and enabled our clients to avoid unnecessary public scrutiny.
Regulatory Response. Cyber Security, Information Integrity, and Data Privacy are the subject of comprehensive laws and regulations on the federal, state, and local levels as well as internationally. Cyber security matters are a matter of increased civil – and even criminal – regulatory initiative and focus in the U.S. and around the world. P&A attorneys are expert in advising clients in advance of any incident on adopting policies and procedures specifically tailored to the client to address this regulatory environment. Moreover, following a breach or other event, P&A works with our clients to mitigate their exposure and facilitate reporting to, and/or cooperating with, regulatory agencies, as required and/or advisable.
Contracts/Federal Government Contracts. P&A’s Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management attorneys, along with our Government Contracts team, are adept at ensuring our clients are protected as they engage with public and private owners and subcontractors in projects and are able to advise clients concerning liability related to the Internet of Things (IoT) in connection with buildings, infrastructure, and systems that are increasingly vulnerable to attack.
Litigation. P&A represents our clients on all matters in a fashion dedicated to minimize the risk of potential and costly litigation, and Cyber Security, Information Integrity, and Data Privacy issues are no exception. P&A attorneys approach cyber security concerns of clients with the need to protect the client from any litigation concerns proactively considered. And, should any litigation concern become a reality confronting the client, P&A is prepared to handle any litigation matter arising out of any incident or breach.
Securities Litigation and Class Actions. Working alongside P&A’s White Collar Criminal Defense, Complex Civil Litigation, and Regulatory Risk Management Practices, P&A is well-positioned to respond to any securities litigation (public or private) and/or class action litigation that could arise from a security event or breach.
We proactively work with our general contractor, construction manager and other clients to put in place policies, procedures, training programs, and insurance to help them better prepare for, and manage, a cyber security attack.
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 […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the 2020 South Florida Legal Guide has named P&A a Top Law Firm in South Florida and has honored P&A Vice Chairman, Stephen H. Reisman, as a Top Lawyer, and Partner Warren E. Friedman, and Senior Associate Freddy X. Muñoz, as […]
New York, NY – October 1, 2019 – National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that eight attorneys have been named 2019 WWL Thought Leaders – Construction by Who’s Who Legal. Each attorney is being recognized as one of the top construction lawyers globally, with many having been listed […]
NEW YORK, NY. – January 2, 2020 – Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Levi Barrett, Denis Ducran, and Christopher Kinzel have been promoted to Partner. P&A also announces the promotion of David Bennet and Tracey Williams to Senior Counsel and Navid Ansari, Shannon Azzaro, Justin Holzheauser, Dorthy Koncur, Jackson Mabry, […]
NEW YORK, NY. – December 30, 2019 – National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 15 attorneys in the firm’s New York City metro area offices have been published in American Lawyer Media’s list of “New York’s Top-Rated Lawyers” for 2019. P&A attorneys named as “New York’s Top-Rated […]
This article appeared in the Daily Business Review on Law.com on November 21, 2019 and is linked HERE.
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January 1, 2020 welcomes a new decade and ushers Assembly Bill No. 5 (“AB5”) into law in California, potentially impacting general construction contractors and subcontractors’ use of independent owner-operator truckers. Background On September 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom approved and signed into law AB5, which will take effect on January 1, 2020. The California Legislature […]
Despite being aware of cyber risk, and even frightened by it, a shocking number of companies in the construction industry have neither a cyber insurance policy nor a basic cyber security plan to deal with a hack or breach into their computer systems. Once breached, companies with no plan in place become, essentially, a rudderless […]
A breach or hack of a construction company’s computer systems is one of the single greatest threats facing the construction industry today. A breach can result in loss of income, loss of clients, loss of trust by the public and even the loss of the entire business. Because it is impossible to eliminate completely every […]
Avoid Disaster by Preparing for the Worst Imagine a scenario in which a construction executive returns from a planning meeting for one of the company’s largest building projects. He/she is excited about starting the multi-year, multi-billion-dollar project and all the income and publicity that will come with it. Now imagine that an hour later one […]
This article appeared in the Daily Business Review on Law.com on November 7, 2019 and is linked HERE.
Alliance for Fair and Equitable Contracting Today, Inc., a nonprofit formed by five trade associations, including the GCA, the BTEA and the NY Building Congress, has sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over rules that debar contractors for delays and cost overruns on MTA projects without regard to the reasons for the delays and cost overruns. […]
NEW YORK, NY – November 19, 2019 – National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that New York office Co-Managing Partner and Executive Committee member, Paul Monte, was named to Super Lawyers list of Top 100 New York Metro attorneys, making Monte the only Construction attorney on this prestigious […]
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HOUSTON, TX. – October 17, 2019 – The Texas offices of national construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) continue the expansion of the firm’s capabilities with the arrival of three highly talented litigation and corporate attorneys, Partner Timothy A. Rothberg, Senior Counsel Jonathan Scott Miles and Associate Ian Fullington. P&A Chairman, Steven M. […]
While Hurricane Dorian churns in the Atlantic with its sights currently set on the east coast of Florida, storm preparations should be well underway. As you are busy organizing efforts to secure your job sites, we at Peckar & Abramson offer some quick reminders that may prove helpful: • Review your contracts, particularly the force […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 37 of the firm’s attorneys, based in its New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices, have been named 2020 Best Lawyers in America®. “We are extremely proud of the expanding number of Peckar & Abramson attorneys that […]
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