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.
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Partner Charles E. Williams, III, has been named to City & State New York’s MWBE Power 50 list. According to City & State New York, the MWBE Power 50 list “recognizes the most influential individuals involved in government contracting for firms […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. When bidding a project, subsurface or latent site conditions that are not immediately apparent can massively impact the costs of performance to general contractors. Were contractors required to bid on projects without any information on pre-existing conditions, they would need either to be […]
Peckar & Abramson founding partner Robert S. Peckar and partner Michael S. Zicherman served as contributing editors of Lexology‘s Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2022, which provides members of the construction industry and construction related legal and business providers with special insight into key industry issues in 22 jurisdictions worldwide. They also co-authored the […]
Freddy Munoz, senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and associate Brett Moritz have written “Soaring Construction Material Prices: Tips for Reducing Ever-Increasing Costs”, an article for the Daily Business Review/Law.com. In the article, Freddy and Ben discuss the rising prices of construction materials as a result of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic […]
Jonathan Miles, senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, has written “Freedom of Contract and Its Limits: Selected Issues for the Construction Industry,” an article for the Construction Law Journal, the official publication of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Jonathan discusses freedom of contract, which has deep roots in […]
Matthew Moore, co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Texas offices, and Senior Associate Lee Banta, have written “The Force Majeure Doctrine and Standard Construction Form Contract Provisions: Revisiting an Old Contract Provision During These New Uncertain Times,” an article for the Construction Law Journal, the official publication of the Construction Law Section of the State […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce The Legal 500 United States has once again ranked P&A as a Tier One Firm in Construction Law. The publication named Co-Founding Partner Robert S. Peckar to the “Hall of Fame”, and Washington, DC Managing Partner Michael A. Branca and Partner Ronald […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been named to the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers® list. According to the publication, the list is exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction. The following P&A attorneys were named to the Florida Super […]
Michael A. Branca, managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, DC office, was quoted in Construction Dive‘s article, “The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about disagreements on public jobs,” published on June 29, 2021. Mike discusses changes orders in the article which focuses on disagreements on public construction jobs. He says, “There’s a […]
Levi W. Barrett, chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management practice, was quoted in Construction Executive‘s article, “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™: Forging a Contract for a COVID-Exit World.” Levi comments how he has witnessed an increase in attempts to shift design responsibilities to the contractor. He said, “Contractors have […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. As the need for faster and more efficient construction increases, design-build agreements are growing in popularity. Design-build projects may account for 44% of nonresidential building in the United States this year. However, contractors who venture into a “design builder” role may unexpectedly become […]
Craig A Landy, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office, has written, “Liquidated Damages in Construction Contracts: An ‘Exclusive Remedy’ for Delays in NY?” an article for the New York Law Journal. Craig discusses how careful attention must be paid to the development and drafting of liquidated damages provisions in operating under New […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Nicholas J. Zaita has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as Partner. In addition, K. Greer Kuras and Anthony Melon have joined the firm’s New York office as Associates, and Kellie Ros has joined the firm’s Houston, Texas office as an […]
If New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo decides to sign the current version of this bill, S2766-C, into law, the law will take effect within 120 days and it will make all contractors on private projects strictly liable for unpaid wage claims (including benefits) by employees of subcontractors at every tier. The new law would […]
Kim Altsuler, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, and Gregory H. Chertoff, co-managing partner of the firm’s New York office, have co-authored the article, “Mold—It’s Still Growing! Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Mold in Construction and Renovation” with Chip D’Angelo and Chris Spicer of Gallagher Bassett. The article, written for Construction Executive, discusses […]
Kevin J. O’Connor, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Labor and Employment practice, and Associate Lauren Rayner Davis, were quoted in a sidebar in Construction Executive‘s article, “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™: Forging a Contract for a COVID-Exit World.” The sidebar discusses the question, “Can Contractors Mandate Employers to Provide Proof of Vaccination Against COVID-19?” […]
Melissa Salsano, Senior Counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office, and Steven M. Charney, Chair of the firm, have written “It’s a New World in 2021 – The Ongoing Rebalancing of Efficiencies, Risk Management and Dispute Resolution,” an article featured in Construction Executive (CE)’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™” issue, in which Peckar & […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, has been shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2021. According to Chambers, the awards “celebrate the fantastic achievements of firms […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked first among Construction Executive (CE)’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™.” P&A has been named in the first position since 2019, the inaugural year of the publication’s rankings. According to CE, to determine the 2021 ranking, the publication invited […]
Freddy Muñoz, Senior Counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, was quoted in the Daily Business Review/Law.com article, “Will Zoom Glitches Open the Door for New Deposition Technology for Litigators?” published on June 2, 2021. Freddy discusses the difference between being face-to-face and remote with witnesses, judges and jury. He also discusses how he believes […]