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.
Denis Serkin, partner and chair of Peckar & Abramson’s international practice, and Nicole Markowitz, a senior associate, have written “Understanding the Risks of International Construction,” an article for Construction Executive. The article discusses the three categories of risk (the three Cs) a contractor operating abroad needs to understand. Read the full article here.
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the 2021 South Florida Legal Guide has named P&A a Top Law Firm in South Florida and has honored the following nine attorneys for their individual successes and accomplishments: Top Lawyers Jerry P. Brodsky Stefan Chin Melinda S. Gentile Adam P. […]
In response to COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available to the general public, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) issued new guidance on its website in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding whether employers can mandate that employees obtain vaccinations as a term and condition of employment. The newly issued FAQ largely […]
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law recent legislation mandating that all private and public employers, regardless of employer size or industry, provide up to four hours of paid leave, per dosage, for employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Employers must offer leave under the terms of the new law until it expires […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 16 attorneys have been named to the 2021 Illinois, New Jersey, and Southern California 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 […]
A recent case from the Central District of California reminds us that not all insurance policies are alike. Depending on the particular policy, losses from the COVID-19 outbreak could qualify as property damage and therefore could be recoverable under an all-risk insurance policy. COVID-19 has in many cases imposed significant costs on contractors, and in […]
The H-1B nonimmigrant visa program, which allows businesses to bring in foreign professionals to work in “specialty occupations,” has been an important tool of employers for many years. As winter thaws, our thoughts turn to our spring gardens, but many companies know that spring also means H-1B cap season is around the corner. U.S. Citizenship […]
The Texas snow and ice storm of February 2021 will long be remembered. It has affected everyone across the State, and its impacts continue to be felt a week later. This Alert provides the construction industry with guidance and recommendations for navigating commercial risk resulting from the storm. The potential impacts to your projects may […]
Gary M. Stein, co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, was quoted in the South Florida Business Journal‘s article, “$30M in six months? Elon Musk’s Miami tunnel idea ‘a logistical challenge,’ experts say,” published on February 15, 2021. The article discusses Elon Musk’s proposed tunnel for electric vehicles in Miami beneath Brickell Avenue and […]
Stephen P. Katz, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Corporate Law Practice, was quoted in Construction Executive‘s article, “Business Survival in the Age of COVID-19,” published on February 2, 2021. Stephen discusses the potential for PPP loan audits and provides a detailed list of all the types of documentation and information companies should consider assembling to […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. The success of general contractors in completing a construction project is often dependent upon the performance of their subcontractors. General contractors have frequently said exactly this. Traditionally, the key subcontractors on a project are the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural steel subs. Due […]
Thomas J. Curran, co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Practice, was quoted in the Financial Times’ article, “White Collar Lawyers Predict Boom Times Under Biden,” published on February 6, 2021. The article discusses how corporate criminal prosecutions are expected to rise after falling dramatically during former President Donald Trump’s presidency. […]
SUMMARY Effective January 1, 2021, a new California law requires employers to notify employees about possible or known exposure to COVID-19 at the workplace. The law requires actual notification to employees within one day. In addition, the law requires notifications to local public health authorities of a COVID-19 outbreak. The law also gives Cal/OSHA a […]
Lori Ann Lange, partner and co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Government Contracting & Infrastructure practice, has written “Shaking Hands With Uncle Sam: What to Know When Working With the Government,” an article for Best Lawyers. She discusses how “the key to success for any contractor is to educate itself about how to operate within the […]
Florida Board Certified construction law attorney Jerry P. Brodsky, a partner with national construction law firm Peckar & Abramson P.C. and Director of the firm’s Latin American Practice, has been appointed to The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation’s (DRBF) Region 4 Interim Board of Directors for Latin America. According to the DRBF, the non-profit organization is […]
Law360‘s recent article, “Peckar & Abramson Forms International Construction Alliance” discuses Peckar & Abramson’s recent announcement that the firm has created the international construction law alliance, Leading Construction Lawyers (LCL) along with the preeminent construction law practices at the French law firm Altana, the German law firm Breyer Rechtsanwälte, and the consulting and dispute resolution firm PS Consulting, […]
Under the banner Leading Construction Lawyers (LCL), an international construction law alliance has been formed by the preeminent construction law practices at the United States law firm Peckar & Abramson, PC, French law firm Altana, the German law firm Breyer Rechtsanwälte, and the consulting and dispute resolution firm PS Consulting, based in Paris. The newly […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been named Bergen County’s Top Lawyers for 2020 by Bergen Magazine. According to the publication, attorneys named to this list have received the highest vote totals within their specialty area based on peer-reviews from hundreds of practicing and active […]
Peckar & Abramson, PC (P&A) is pleased to announce that Christopher M. Bletsch of the firm’s New York office has been promoted to Partner. P&A also announces the promotion of the following attorneys to Senior Counsel and Senior Associate: Senior Counsel Angela A. L. Connor (Houston) Freddy X. Muñoz (Miami) Patrick Murray (New Jersey) Melissa […]
Lori Ann Lange, partner and co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Government Contracting & Infrastructure practice, has written “A Need to Know: New Cybersecurity Requirements for Defense Contractors,” an article for Construction Executive. The article discusses the new cybersecurity requirements that construction contractors working on DoD projects must adhere to. Read the full article here.