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.
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 […]
Employers in New York have, for years, dealt with a comprehensive wage theft law. Across the Hudson, New Jersey has now adopted what looks to be the most comprehensive wage theft law in the entire country. Employers are well advised to act quickly to ensure their pay practices are defensible to eliminate or reduce risk. […]
New York, NY – June 20, 2019 – Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce the launch of its Cyber Security & Data Privacy Practice, led by New York-based partner, Richard R. Volack. “P&A has long recognized the unique set of cyber security threats faced by participants in the construction industry and across […]
The normal project and contractual risks faced by contractors, consultants and suppliers to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are considerable. A new law and regulations mandating that the MTA debar contractors, consultants and suppliers for unexcused schedule and cost overruns creates a new and unfair existential risk. The new law, Public Authorities Law Section 1279-h, slipped […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as the top Construction Law Firm in the United States by Construction Executive (CE) magazine. In its first ever ranking of construction law firms, CE described its process.“For this inaugural ranking, CE reached out to hundreds of […]
The Social Security Administration has resumed the issuance of “No-Match” letters to employers, creating a murky set of obligations to avoid fines or penalties in the event of a Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) audit, sometimes called a Form I-9 or worksite enforcement audit. Employers who receive “No-Match” letters should act swiftly and deliberately, not only […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that six attorneys in the firm’s Miami office have been named 2019 Super Lawyers®. Each attorney is being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the field of Construction Law. Stephen Reisman, P&A’s Vice Chairman, noted “It is an honor that […]
A recent court ruling affecting most mid-sized and large employers requires them to submit pay data related to diversity statistics by September 30. As a result, it is imperative that employers start compiling the necessary information, referred to as EEO-1 Component 2 requirements. Although there is the possibility of an appeal, employers should prepare to […]
This article was co-authored by Melinda S. Gentile, Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Miami and Cadian T. Baker, Paralegal, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Miami. The 2019 Florida Legislative Session recently concluded and a number of important construction-related House Bills (HB) and Senate Bills (SB) were presented during the Session. Below is a summary of those […]
Partners Paul G. Monte and Neal I. Sklar, of Peckar and Abramson, P.C.(P&A), have been selected as Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). The CLSA describes itself as is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. Paul Monte is Co-Managing Partner of P&A’s […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers named Washington, DC office Co-Managing Partner Stephen M. Seeger one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, DC. Steve Seeger is a highly experienced litigator and trial lawyer who handles dispute resolution matters across the globe. Sought after for construction related disputes, Mr. […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce the arrival of three construction litigation attorneys. The firm welcomes Joseph N. Frost, Jennifer Harris and Joshua Morehouse as Associates in the firm’s growing Washington, DC practice. Joseph Frost focuses his practice on commercial and construction litigation and dispute resolution. He is […]
Florida contractors will soon have a level playing field, at least related to the right to recovery of attorney fees in certain circumstances. Effective October 1, 2019, the Florida statute by which legal fees may be recovered from insurers and sureties was amended to expressly afford that right to contractors. Florida’s Insurance statute, Chapter 627, […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has once again been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA in the category of Construction Law at the coveted Band 1 level Nationwide. No other firm has the distinction of having been awarded that honor every year for 16 consecutive years since Chambers […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Texas Board Certified construction attorney Stewart Shurtleff has joined the firm as Partner in the firm’s Dallas office and attorneys Jackson Mabry and Cornelius “Lee” Banta, Jr. have joined as Associates in P&A’s Dallas and Houston offices, respectively. Firm Chairman, Steven M. Charney, welcomed the three […]
Melinda S. Gentile, Partner and Diversity and Inclusion Chair at Peckar and Abramson, P.C. will co-moderate a panel at the Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference (GWIC) during the Advancing Women in Construction Law breakout session. Alexandra Busch, Senior Associate at Peckar & Abramson, will co-moderate the panel to be held in the Grand Ballroom and […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Kevin J. O’Connor, Partner with the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Employment Law Teams, has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation for his commitment and dedication to the legal profession. “Kevin is an outstanding trial attorney […]
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Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that eleven attorneys in the firm’s New Jersey office have been named 2019 Super Lawyers®. These attorneys are being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the areas of construction law, commercial litigation, government contracts, international construction, public-private partnerships, risk management and employment law, among […]