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.
COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Expanded Leave Under Federal, NJ, NY/NYC Laws and Layoffs. Presentation date March 30, 2020 (Presentation Slides)
COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Workplace Safety – OSHA, CDC, and Virus Testing. Presentation date March 26, 2020 (Presentation Slides)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has, or likely will have, negative economic consequences for many, including companies facing significantly reduced cash flow and unprecedented liquidity concerns as they attempt to meet obligations like payroll. Companies may need to utilize their credit facilities for working capital. While the access to credit facilities is critically important, the negative […]
When an employer is sued for employment discrimination and is facing trial, one common evidentiary fight is whether the employer will be permitted to introduce evidence of other claims of discrimination or harassment that the plaintiff has made against former or subsequent employers. Taking discovery from a plaintiff concerning other claims is essential, and it […]
Employers nationwide are struggling to cope with the developing situation regarding COVID-19. OSHA and the CDC have issued preliminary guidance for employers and workplaces in coping with the instant epidemic. OSHA’s complete guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 is available HERE. The CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and employers is available HERE. In this alert, […]
Warren Friedman‘s article, “Here’s Some Guidance for Construction Contractors About Mitigating Coronavirus Risks,” was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 27, 2020. As work on some construction projects in South Florida has been suspended, it is likely more suspensions will follow. Friedman discusses what contractors can do to avoid losses due to the […]
In a time when multiple new regulations and guidance from the Federal Government, as well as Executive Orders from states and counties abound, one new piece of federal legislation – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) – deserves attention from every industry. Signed into law on March 18, 2020, the Act – which […]
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting the construction industry in both the public and private sectors. A recent Associated General Contractors online survey revealed that more than a quarter of the respondents have already been directed to halt or delay work on a project. See Associated General Contractors, Data Digest, Vol. 20, No. 11, March 23, […]
This memorandum provides the background guidance, a summary action-plan, and an appendix with resources from the CDC, OSHA, and the EEOC. For more specific local information, please be guided by information being issued by your local public health offcials and state and local authorities. Laws and guidance are evolving rapidly and may be subject to […]
Right now, your construction projects may be in a state of uncertainty and flux as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, but in the future, you may need to be specific about added costs and time lost to secure time extensions and recoveries. Action now may be enormously helpful in the future. Many contractors are […]
Gary Stein was quoted in an article titled, “South Florida Builders Active, But Pipeline Stalls Amid Coronavirus”, which appeared in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 19, 2020. Stein was quoted a number of times throughout the piece, stating “In the construction industry, time is money. So if there is a suspension of a project […]
“Effective tomorrow … the City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston.” This was just one of the surprises that greeted contractors last week. Contractors and owners with projects across the country are scrambling to comply with mandated governmental suspensions. Project participants should begin contingency planning for possible project shutdowns. Reacting to […]
Richard R. Volack, Chair of the firm’s Cyber Security & Data Privacy practice, recently discussed how construction companies should react to a hack with Construction Dive. He urges every company to have a response plan, insurance, and a relationship with a data analyst who can quickly help investigate the magnitude of a hack. Construction Dive
The Coronavirus has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of media coverage since the start of 2020. As we approach the end of the first quarter of the year, its impact on local and global economies and our way of life cannot be ignored. This Alert will provide the construction industry with guidance and […]
The Problem: Have you ever run into the following situation: The Project Owner insists on performance of change or extra work with no written, signed change order, with a promise to provide you as General Contractor or CM with a change order later. You remind them that the contract requires a written, signed change order […]
On February 26, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board issued its final rule governing joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The final rule restores the joint-employer standard that was applied for several decades prior to the 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris, giving greater clarity and guidance. The new rule will benefit employers in the […]
Joe Reisman, retired partner and father of our Vice Chairman, Stephen Reisman, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2019 at the age of 91. Well-known in and beyond the South Florida real estate, construction and legal communities, we remember Joe fondly as an engaging, kind, and brilliant individual – an example of the “consummate gentleman”. […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Bruce D. Meller, a Partner in the Firm’s New Jersey office, has been awarded the 2020 Client Choice Award in the area of Construction in the United States. Bruce is the sole recipient of the award in his respective category in the United States. “This award […]
Thanks to the newly minted “New York City Public Works Investment Act,” seven NYC agencies have been granted the authority to use a Design-Build Contract model when putting their construction projects up for bid. This approach, in which one contract outlines both design and construction requirements, is meant to cut project costs and reduce timetables […]