Peckar & Abramson’s Environmental Law attorneys are committed to providing concrete results — those that allow our clients’ businesses to succeed. We know how to avoid civil penalties, mitigate liability and protect our clients’ interests.
Our clients — which include contractors, developers, manufacturers, financial services companies, oil and gas companies, utilities and many others — feel confident and assured knowing that our team can seamlessly navigate the complex web of federal, state and local environmental regulations.
We have dealt with a wide spectrum of federal and state environmental laws, regulations and audit policies for decades, and have a highly specialized focus on environmental concerns as they relate to construction and infrastructure projects. This robust legal knowledge, combined with longstanding government contacts and incisive construction dispute resolution skills, has enabled numerous clients to resolve environmental concerns and move their projects forward. We bring all of our experience to bear in our clients environmental matters, always mindful that clients need — and expect — Results First℠.
Positive, early action is the key to avoiding environmental liability. We enforce meticulous and targeted due diligence investigations, including reviews of Phase I and Phase II reports, and implement comprehensive auditing policies. Our lawyers carefully examine contracts looking for unforeseen liabilities, then craft corrective provisions that protect clients from unneeded threats. We also procure the necessary environmental insurance on behalf of our clients to further mitigate legal and financial risk.
By leveraging this knowledge and expertise, our clients can reduce and avoid civil penalties.
If enforcement action or litigation is unavoidable, we are ready to defend our clients with every resource at our disposal.
We have taken on actions brought by state and federal agencies, private citizens and businesses alleging environmental violations. We also defend clients against toxic tort litigation, including class and individual actions seeking damages for wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage arising from groundwater and soil contamination.
Our attorneys are nationally recognized for the litigation capabilities and are relentlessly committed to securing favorable results that enable our clients’ businesses to thrive.
The scope of our work includes:
We advise clients on environmental permitting, including permits related to:
Typical liability issues our Environmental Law Group address include:
We often represent clients facing environmental enforcement actions by state and federal agencies, private citizens and businesses. As one example among many, we successfully defended a major oil and gas company against RCRA claims involving underground storage tank leak incidents. We have significant environmental law experience that has proven invaluable to our clients.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Stefan Chin and Nathan Cohen have been elevated to the firm’s partnership. P&A has also announced the elevation of three attorneys to the position of Senior Counsel: Levi Barrett (New York, NY), Ian Schlanger (River Edge, NJ), and Chris Sweeney (Washington, DC), and the promotion […]
On October 26, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (the “Eleventh Circuit”) issued a decision which reversed an award of prevailing party attorneys’ fees to performance bond sureties in their dispute with a contractor arising from the contractor’s claim against a subcontractor’s performance bond. Had the lower court’s decision been […]
What California Contractors Need To Know About AB 3018 California contractors used to face limited consequences for non-compliance with the state’s skilled and trained workforce requirements on public works projects. A sea-change to the statutory landscape went into effect on January 1, 2019 as a result of Assembly Bill No. 3018 (“AB 3018”).1 The Code […]
Stephen H. Reisman, Vice Chairman of Peckar & Abramson and Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Miami office, co-authored a bylined article entitled “Decision Further Erodes Florida’s Statute of Repose for Latent Construction Defects” that published in the Daily Business Review on January 9, 2019. Mr. Reisman and Mr. Handfinger described how recent […]
Alexandra E. Busch, Associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article in the November/December 2018 edition of the AGC Law in Brief Newsletter entitled “Contractors Beware: Completing Work Directed Only by a Contracting Officer’s Rep is at Your Own Risk”. The article explains the difference between apparent and actual authority and whether the […]
Richard R. Volack, Partner in the firm’s New York office and Chair of the firm’s Information Technology Committee, was quoted as an expert source in a Law360 story ‘What Construction Attys Must Know On Information Modeling’ which published November 16, 2018. Mr. Volack commented on cybersecurity procedures that general contractors should follow to mitigate risk […]
Curtis W. Martin, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Texas offices, has been named 2018 Ride Marshal of the Year for the annual BP MS 150. The annual 150-mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, Texas took place on April 28-29, 2018. The ride has become the largest event of its kind in North America. Teaching, […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Commercial and Real Estate Litigation attorney Crystal V. Venning has joined the firm’s New York office as an Associate. Venning’s expertise includes construction litigation in addition to drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex technology business contracts. She was previously Assistant Counsel II for the Office of […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Sadiq Tony Ali has joined the firm’s Houston office as an Associate. Mr. Ali focuses his practice on construction litigation. He is knowledgeable regarding real estate development, construction defect litigation and the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act. Admitted in Texas, he was previously an Associate […]
Michael S. Zicherman, partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, was quoted as a source in Law360’s pre-election story about transportation ballots to watch for in the 2018 mid-term elections. Mr. Zicherman commented on gas tax increases, bond issuances and so-called lockbox measures ensuring that transportation and infrastructure funds be exclusively for their intended purpose. […]
On September 10, 2018 California’s Governor took an ambitious stance on environmental policy and signed Senate Bill 100 (“SB100”). The bill accelerates several Renewables Portfolio Standards (“RPS”) deadlines previously established by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill’s most notable effect—it requires that 100 percent of California’s electricity come from renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045. […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has earned 25 top National and Metropolitan rankings in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019. “We are honored to receive exceptional national rankings in Construction Law, Construction Litigation and Real Estate by U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms, as well as […]
Effective October 9, 2018, employers in New York were required to adopt a compliant sexual harassment policy (or the State’s model policy which is available on the State’s website . However, the State has provided additional time for the training requirement to be met. All employees must complete the model training (available on the State’s […]
Robert S. Peckar, Founding Partner in the firm’s New York office, spoke at the Global Leaders in Construction Management Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University on October 4, 2018. Mr. Peckar’s presentation titled “Can International Construction Managers Succeed without Corruption in a Corrupt World?” discussed the keys to a successful international […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Samarth Barot has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as an Associate. Mr. Barot focuses his practice on construction litigation, commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Barot is admitted in Virginia and was previously a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Bruce D. White, Chief Judge […]
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that Steven M. Charney, Chairman, in collaboration with Syracuse University, launches the Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute. The Infrastructure Institute’s overarching goal is to facilitate the effective and efficient development of new, modernized and socially responsible public infrastructure. The Institute’s core mission is to achieve this goal by integrating […]
Denis Ducran, Senior Counsel in the firm’s Houston office, was featured in the Law & Risk Mitigation Today II section in the September 2018 issue of Engineering News Record. Mr. Ducran provided insight into the arbitration process as an efficient dispute resolution solution and on no damage for delay clauses.
Robert S. Peckar and Denis Serkin co-authored Chapter 2 titled “Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects” in the eighth edition of The Projects and Construction Review published in August 2018. Mr. Peckar and Mr. Serkin discuss dispute resolutions in the construction process including construction disputes in domestic and international projects, solving problems at the project level, […]
Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s Miami office and Nathalie Vergoulias, Associate in the firm’s Miami office, co-authored a by-liner titled “Statute of Repose for Latent Construction Defects Extension Creates Increased Risk” which published on September 24, 2018 in the Daily Business Review. The by-liner describes the impact of the amended statute of […]
Charles F. Kenny, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, whose background is in construction contracts and legislation affecting the construction industry, accurately predicted that the New Jersey Supreme Court would uphold the appellate court’s ruling, citing how the construction lien law can be adapted to fit new and unorthodox situations. In a story […]