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.
Nathalie N. Vergoulias, an Associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, has earned a Legal Spanish Certification from the University of Miami School of Law. The Legal Spanish Certification course delivers 72 hours of instruction over a 20-week period, taught entirely in Spanish. During this period, Nathalie performed tasks typical to the legal systems of […]
Patrick J. Greene, Jr., Senior Partner and Co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s COVID-19 Task Force, recently answered Construction Dive readers’ coronavirus legal questions as part of the publication’s “May Mailbag” feature. Questions include: (1) What types of guidance should contractors follow in order to maintain jobsite health and safety? (2) How can we adequately provide […]
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Q&A in conjunction with CohnReznick and Lockton Companies on May 27, 2020.
Effective May 10, 2020, the City of New York enacted a law prohibiting most public and private employers from testing prospective employees for marijuana pursuant to a pre-employment drug test. The prohibition was added as a new basis of unlawful employment discrimination pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL” – Section 8-107, […]
The Government is Here to Help You – Be Careful: Best Business Practices in the Post-COVID World. Presentation in conjunction with Guidepost Solutions LLC on May 14, 2020.
The article “Is My Lawyer a Robot? Technology’s Impact on Professional Services,” written by Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Rob M. Drover, Vice President of Business Solutions at Marcum, was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on May 14, 2020. Adam and Rob discuss the readily available technologies […]
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 142 providing for the resumption of non-essential construction projects in New Jersey as of Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6 a.m. Paragraph two of the Order, which can be viewed here, includes mandatory health and safety protocols to be followed. For a […]
Frank Hess, Senior Counsel with Peckar & Abramson’s Construction and Infrastructure practice, passed away on May 3, 2020 at the age of 61. Frank was known at P&A and by peers in the New Jersey and New York construction bars as a gifted attorney, trusted colleague, and tenacious litigator who possessed a high degree of […]
Over the next several weeks and months construction projects that had been shuttered will be restarted and new projects will be commenced. This Alert provides a checklist of issues that should be considered before starting or restarting such projects. These issues are drawn from lessons learned on “essential” projects that continued in hard-hit areas, guidance […]
Jerry Brodsky was quoted in an article titled, “Florida’s plan to build 330 miles of new toll roads,” which appeared in Florida Trend Magazine on April 27, 2020, and discussed the state’s interest in developing three new corridors stretching into rural parts of the state. Brodsky’s comment concerned Florida’s strong reputation internationally as a business […]
All of us practicing law during these interesting times have come across situations in which we must apply long-standing rules to unique and ever-changing fact patterns. An example of this occurred in Vasquez v. City of Idaho Falls, Case No. 4:16-CV-00184-DCN (D. Idaho Apr. 13, 2020). In that case, the plaintiff’s racial-discrimination and retaliatory-discharge claims were […]
Stephen Katz, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Corporate Law Practice, participated in a Q&A forum on May 6 with AJ Sercombe of Lockton Companies, answering various questions related to PPP and the CARES Act. To watch the recording, click here.
COVID-19 Construction Update: Claims and Related Coverage Issues. Presentation in conjunction with Saxe Doernberger & Vita on May 6, 2020.
For many years now, we have seen hackers break into, hold for ransom, and destroy the IT systems of well-known finance, health care, and retail giants. During that same time, the construction industry, along with many other industries, may have felt a certain false sense of security that hackers were not (or at least seemingly […]
As one of three founding members of CONSTRULEGAL®, we are pleased to share CONSTRULEGAL®’s first COVID-19 Alert. The alert includes three articles by founding members discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry, including “COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the Frontlines in New York, New Jersey and Around the U.S” by Peckar & Abramson Partners […]
Peckar & Abramson, PC (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA in the area of Construction Law at the Band 1 level Nationwide, the highest level. P&A stands alone in its distinction of being named a Band 1 firm in Construction Law nationally each year […]
“Construction Cyber Hygiene: A Staple in Today’s Infectious World,” written by Richard Volack, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Cyber Security & Data Privacy practice, was published by Construction Executive on April 22, 2020. Richard discusses some of the more recent social engineering, phishing, data security and ransom ware attacks that have arisen around COVID-19 and […]
Mark Berry and Sabah Petrov‘s article, “Make Certain Drone Policies Also Manage Risk,” was published by Construction Executive on April 15, 2020. Mark and Sabah discuss how conformity with FAA regulations is just the start to a robust and legally compliant UAS program for contractors deploying unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) in their construction […]
Managing Subcontractor Default Risks During COVID-19: Part 2. Presentation in conjunction with FMI, Markel, and Hudson Insurance Group on April 21, 2020. To view the webinar recording or download the presentation slides, click here.
Gregory Begg, Co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Practice, recently answered Construction Dive readers’ coronavirus legal questions as part of the publication’s “April Mailbag” feature. Questions include: (1) How does a contractor safely know if his or her projects are essential? (2) Are there penalties on essential government projects if a […]