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 is pleased to announce that our New York office has moved effective Monday, January 22, 2018. The office is now located at 1325 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor, New York, New York 10019.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that the 2018 South Florida Legal Guide has honored Stephen H. Reisman, a Board Certified Construction Law attorney and Vice Chairman of the firm, as a Top Lawyer. A highly trusted legal source, the South Florida Legal Guide is an annual publication listing the top lawyers and […]
Charles E. Williams, III, Partner in the firm’s New York office, has received the prestigious Bridgett Medal from Franklin & Marshall (F&M) College, a private co-educational liberal arts college in Lancaster, PA., where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Williams focuses his practice on construction, real property and government relations issues and commercial […]
Karla Pascarella, a partner in the firm’s Austin office, has been named Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Pascarella will assume this role in June 2018. Ms. Pascarella represents a wide range of international and domestic corporate clients and construction professionals. Her practice […]
Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s Miami Office and Meredith N. Reynolds, Senior Associate in the firm’s Miami office, co-authored an article for the Daily Business Review about their successful representation in Altman Contractors v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance in oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court. The article published January 12, […]
Neal I Sklar, a partner in the firm’s Miami office, spoke at the Latin Builder Association (LBA) Charter High School on Friday, January 12, 2018. The LBA Charter School is located at 11093 N.W. 138th Street, Suite 207, Hialeah Gardens, Florida. The Latin Builders Association and Business Management Academy Charter High School, a Miami-Dade County […]
Charles Kenny, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s New Jersey office and Scott Kearns, Partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, co-authored an article titled “A Guide to Construction Liens in New Jersey” that published January 11, 2018 in Law360. The article describes the New Jersey Construction Lien Law, what a construction lien is, how it […]
Neal I. Sklar, a partner in the firm’s Miami office, was quoted in a story that published January 3, 2018 in Miami Today newspaper entitled “Panel Says Partners Key to Transportation Upgrades”. Mr. Sklar was one of several panelists who spoke on December 20, 2017 at a Miami Finance Forum CEO Power Breakfast on ‘Public-Private […]
Thomas J. Curran, a Partner in the firm’s New York office, was quoted as a source in an article published by the Wall Street Journal on December 17, 2017. The article titled “Nonprofits Are Tapping Outside Firms To Conduct Internal Probes” discusses nonprofit organizations seeking outside law firms to conduct internal investigations relating to corporate […]
Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Miami Office, was quoted as a source in Law360 in a story entitled ‘Defect Notice May Trigger Defense Coverage in Florida’ about the Florida Supreme Court decision which came out December 14, 2017 in Altman v. Crum & Forster. Mr. Handfinger made oral arguments before the Court […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that seven attorneys in the firm’s New York, New Jersey and Texas offices have been elevated to new positions in recognition of their commitment, dedication and accomplishments. New York Corporate Compliance and Defense attorney Doris D. Short has been named Partner; Construction attorney Matthew S.C. Moore […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is proud to represent the Appellant, Altman Contractors, Inc., in an appeal pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit adverse to Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company. Today, December 14, 2017, and following oral arguments, the Florida Supreme Court held that the pre-suit notice of claim process […]
Peckar & Abramson Newsletter, Volume XXVII, Winter 2017
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to be a sponsor of the Third Annual Bark + Build Competition. The AIA Dallas and TEXO Association present the third annual Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition. The competition serves to foster relationships between architecture and contractor firms, raise awareness and support for SPCA of Texas’ mission, and exhibit to […]
Frank M. Rapoport, a partner in the firm’s New York office and Neal Sklar, a partner in the firm’s Miami office, were quoted in a story by Law360 entitled “Miami Courthouse Project Highlights New P3 Ideas, Hurdles” published on November 13, 2017. The story summarized major issues discussed in Miami at the P3 Hub South […]
Alexandra Busch, an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article entitled “Caveat Contractor: Your Subcontractor’s Employees May be Considered Your Own Employees under State and Federal Labor Laws” published in the AGC Law in Brief on November 28, 2017. The article explains a recent federal appellate decision where contractors may be required […]
Contractors will soon find themselves on the frontline of wage disputes on projects if laborers working on behalf of their subcontractors or vendors are unpaid. On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1701, which will allow laborers to seek direct compensation from the general contractors on private projects, if their wages […]
Peckar & Abramson participated in the Sportsmen for Charity, Inc. Jaspers Sporting Clays Classic with Manhattan College on October 20, 2017 at the Pawling Mountain Club in Pawling, New York. Gregory C. Chertoff, a partner in the firm’s New York office and Christopher B. Kinzel, senior counsel in the firm’s New York office participated on […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that they have been named 2018 “Law Firm of the Year” in Construction Litigation for the 4th Year in a Row and Earns National and Metropolitan Tier Rankings in 2018 Best Lawyers in America®.
JD Holzheauser, an associate in the firms Austin office, participated in a presentation for the Austin Associated General Contractors, Legal Affairs Committee on October 25, 2017. Following Texas’ 85th legislative session, several new laws will impact construction businesses. This presentation provided an overview of the bills that passed in the 2017 session that are relevant […]