Since 1978, Peckar & Abramson has provided comprehensive counsel to federal, state, and local government contractors. From our extensive experience serving government contractors in connection with construction and infrastructure projects, we have gained invaluable insight into government contracting, which allows us to support contractors in various industries in all aspects of government contracting.
We counsel and represent government contractors, from bid preparation, to claims, to compliance, to trials and hearings before a wide array of applicable tribunals — all with our unwavering Results First℠ mindset squarely in focus.
Government contracts can be profitable and successful — as long as contractors understand and appreciate the applicable regulations. Our team has counseled government contractors on virtually every aspect of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as well as state-specific rules.
We apply special focus to the cost principles in invoicing, change orders and claims. This helps clients establish procurement, accounting and record-keeping procedures that demonstrate reasonable incurred costs in a manner acceptable to the government.
Peckar & Abramson’s government contracts attorneys have authored books and articles on numerous aspects of federal government contracting, including bid protests, claim preparation and litigation, corporate compliance and ethics programs, government contract accounting and the practical aspects of defending against ethics complaints brought by the government.
Peckar & Abramson’s Government Contracts Group helps clients:
We support government contractors of all sizes in all aspects of government contracting. We:
In most cases, resolving disputes before the client sets foot in court is the best course of action for their business. We have an exceptional record of successfully negotiating and mediating issues worth hundreds of millions of dollars. We avoid and minimize litigation and liability by:
However, when litigation is necessary, our attorneys are experienced and trial-ready. They have a record of achieving favorable results before a number of courts and agencies, on the local, state, and federal levels, including:
The regulatory environment has evolved to become a minefield of exposure. Our Corporate Integrity and Compliance Group works with our Government Contracts Group to help clients identify problem areas that could flag regulators and achieve full compliance. We assist clients in developing strong compliance programs and internal controls, aligning internal processes and conducting independent investigations and risk assessments.
Government contract work must be approached comprehensively and with the resources of a full service firm. Consider the following hypothetical:
Most federal supply and construction projects are governed by domestic preference requirements such as the Buy American Act, which require that materials be manufactured in the United States of America. A contractor accused of failing to comply faces challenges beyond government contract questions. Is the compliance program working? Should a compliance audit be conducted? Are internal controls adequate? Is there exposure under the False Claims Act, the False Statements Act or other federal laws?
Our government contract team is well versed in compliance and, when needed, white-collar matters that may emanate from compliance concerns.
Lawsuits under the False Claims Act are rampant. Numerous reputable companies have paid hefty prices as a result of False Claims Act prosecutions. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing government contractors who find themselves the target of allegations of false claims, corruption and the violation of other federal laws.
We counsel Fortune 500 companies as well as small/midsize companies that work in a number of industries, including:
We offer a comprehensive catalog of services including:
Peckar & Abramson is the go-to legal source for government contractors in a variety of industries across the globe. The firm’s all-encompassing knowledge of construction and infrastructure projects enables us to be laser focused on making projects profitable and successful for clients.
On October 26, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (the “Eleventh Circuit”) issued a decision which reversed an award of prevailing party attorneys’ fees to performance bond sureties in their dispute with a contractor arising from the contractor’s claim against a subcontractor’s performance bond. Had the lower court’s decision been […]
What California Contractors Need To Know About AB 3018 California contractors used to face limited consequences for non-compliance with the state’s skilled and trained workforce requirements on public works projects. A sea-change to the statutory landscape went into effect on January 1, 2019 as a result of Assembly Bill No. 3018 (“AB 3018”).1 The Code […]
Stephen H. Reisman, Vice Chairman of Peckar & Abramson and Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Miami office, co-authored a bylined article entitled “Decision Further Erodes Florida’s Statute of Repose for Latent Construction Defects” that published in the Daily Business Review on January 9, 2019. Mr. Reisman and Mr. Handfinger described how recent […]
Alexandra E. Busch, Associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article in the November/December 2018 edition of the AGC Law in Brief Newsletter entitled “Contractors Beware: Completing Work Directed Only by a Contracting Officer’s Rep is at Your Own Risk”. The article explains the difference between apparent and actual authority and whether the […]
Richard R. Volack, Partner in the firm’s New York office and Chair of the firm’s Information Technology Committee, was quoted as an expert source in a Law360 story ‘What Construction Attys Must Know On Information Modeling’ which published November 16, 2018. Mr. Volack commented on cybersecurity procedures that general contractors should follow to mitigate risk […]
Curtis W. Martin, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Texas offices, has been named 2018 Ride Marshal of the Year for the annual BP MS 150. The annual 150-mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, Texas took place on April 28-29, 2018. The ride has become the largest event of its kind in North America. Teaching, […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Commercial and Real Estate Litigation attorney Crystal V. Venning has joined the firm’s New York office as an Associate. Venning’s expertise includes construction litigation in addition to drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex technology business contracts. She was previously Assistant Counsel II for the Office of […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Sadiq Tony Ali has joined the firm’s Houston office as an Associate. Mr. Ali focuses his practice on construction litigation. He is knowledgeable regarding real estate development, construction defect litigation and the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act. Admitted in Texas, he was previously an Associate […]
Michael S. Zicherman, partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, was quoted as a source in Law360’s pre-election story about transportation ballots to watch for in the 2018 mid-term elections. Mr. Zicherman commented on gas tax increases, bond issuances and so-called lockbox measures ensuring that transportation and infrastructure funds be exclusively for their intended purpose. […]
On September 10, 2018 California’s Governor took an ambitious stance on environmental policy and signed Senate Bill 100 (“SB100”). The bill accelerates several Renewables Portfolio Standards (“RPS”) deadlines previously established by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill’s most notable effect—it requires that 100 percent of California’s electricity come from renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045. […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has earned 25 top National and Metropolitan rankings in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019. “We are honored to receive exceptional national rankings in Construction Law, Construction Litigation and Real Estate by U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms, as well as […]
Effective October 9, 2018, employers in New York were required to adopt a compliant sexual harassment policy (or the State’s model policy which is available on the State’s website . However, the State has provided additional time for the training requirement to be met. All employees must complete the model training (available on the State’s […]
Robert S. Peckar, Founding Partner in the firm’s New York office, spoke at the Global Leaders in Construction Management Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University on October 4, 2018. Mr. Peckar’s presentation titled “Can International Construction Managers Succeed without Corruption in a Corrupt World?” discussed the keys to a successful international […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Samarth Barot has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as an Associate. Mr. Barot focuses his practice on construction litigation, commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Barot is admitted in Virginia and was previously a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Bruce D. White, Chief Judge […]
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that Steven M. Charney, Chairman, in collaboration with Syracuse University, launches the Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute. The Infrastructure Institute’s overarching goal is to facilitate the effective and efficient development of new, modernized and socially responsible public infrastructure. The Institute’s core mission is to achieve this goal by integrating […]
Denis Ducran, Senior Counsel in the firm’s Houston office, was featured in the Law & Risk Mitigation Today II section in the September 2018 issue of Engineering News Record. Mr. Ducran provided insight into the arbitration process as an efficient dispute resolution solution and on no damage for delay clauses.
Robert S. Peckar and Denis Serkin co-authored Chapter 2 titled “Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects” in the eighth edition of The Projects and Construction Review published in August 2018. Mr. Peckar and Mr. Serkin discuss dispute resolutions in the construction process including construction disputes in domestic and international projects, solving problems at the project level, […]
Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s Miami office and Nathalie Vergoulias, Associate in the firm’s Miami office, co-authored a by-liner titled “Statute of Repose for Latent Construction Defects Extension Creates Increased Risk” which published on September 24, 2018 in the Daily Business Review. The by-liner describes the impact of the amended statute of […]
Charles F. Kenny, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, whose background is in construction contracts and legislation affecting the construction industry, accurately predicted that the New Jersey Supreme Court would uphold the appellate court’s ruling, citing how the construction lien law can be adapted to fit new and unorthodox situations. In a story […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that twenty-three (23) attorneys in the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices have been named 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. Each attorney is being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the fields of Construction Law and Construction Litigation, Commercial […]