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.
The potential uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the construction industry continue to expand as new technologies enter the market and construction companies realize UAS can perform unique tasks at tremendous cost savings. The full technological capabilities of UAS are, however, limited by law for public safety reasons. UAS share airspace with traditional passenger, […]
The article, “Is the Construction Industry Ready? Hurricane Prep in the Midst of the Pandemic,” written by Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Partner and P&A’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair, and Jerry P. Brodsky, Partner and Director of P&A’s Latin American Practice, was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com and GlobeSt.com on July 22, 2020. Mindy and […]
The article “Representations and Certifications: Implementing Processes to Protect Executives and the Company,” written by Patrick J Greene, Jr., a Senior Partner with Peckar & Abramson, was published in Construction Executive on July 17, 2020. The article discusses policies and procedures that should be included as part of a comprehensive compliance program. As Patrick mentions, the […]
This article first appeared in Third Thursdays with the Construction Super Conference (CSC) on July 15, 2020 here. With the heat of summer raging and the global pandemic spiking in some regions of the U.S., effects on construction law are coming into focus. Third Thursday sat down with Patrick J. Greene, Esq., senior partner, Peckar […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. Currently Available Workplace Protocols for Employers Employers seeking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace should consider from among the three currently available protocols: Written Questionnaires; Temperature Checks; and Viral or Diagnostic Testing. When implementing a screening or testing protocol, […]
Contractors performing work in Austin should be aware that the City of Austin (“City”) has recently approved an ordinance authorizing civil enforcement measures for worksites that fail to meet specific safety standards designed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Austin’s contractor community has been proactive in taking steps to make jobsites safe for their employees. […]
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has adversely affected the way of life for billions of people seemingly overnight. From running everyday errands to its impact on the global economy, no aspect of humanity has been spared. While the potential impacts of the Coronavirus to the construction industry remain shrouded in ambiguity, what we do know is […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 25 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers® Lists in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, DC.* According to the publication, the lists are exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction. The […]
The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on June 18, 2020 and is making its way up to Congress. The bill will create millions of jobs and provide substantial investment in the nation’s deteriorating highways, […]
Contractors doing business with the Federal Government, particularly with the Department of Defense (“DoD”), commonly handle sensitive information that is not intended to be disseminated. Controlled Unclassified Information (“CUI”) is one such type and is more specifically defined as “information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with laws, regulations and government-wide […]
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 was also named in the first position in 2019, the inaugural year of the publication’s rankings. Published in CE’s June 2020 issue, the rankings feature […]
On June 3, 2020, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) published and implemented revised regulations pertaining to the debarment of contractors. The revised regulations address many of the deep concerns raised by the contracting community. Under relevant administrative procedure, the MTA publication of the revised regulations starts a 45 day notice period before the regulations can […]
Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair, authored “Building Bridges: The Realities and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Law” for Best Lawyers Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition. Mindy discusses the current state of the challenges and opportunities facing the growing pool of diverse construction attorneys.
The article “Reduce Construction Risk With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,” written by Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Kris Lengieza, Senior Director of Business Development at Procore Technologies, was published in Construction Executive on June 2, 2020. Adam and Kris discuss the impact of technology on the construction […]
Effective Monday, June 8, 2020, New York City moves into Phase 1 of reopening. The New York City Department of Buildings has released new COVID-19 safety guidance for property owners and contractors of all permitted construction sites across the City. All jobs sites must adhere to the new rules. Click here to view the guidance […]
The article, “South Florida’s Aging Infrastructure: Land of Perils and Opportunities,” written by Brett J. Moritz, an Associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Matthew H. Scott, a Partner with Dunay, Miskel & Backman, was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on June 3, 2020. Brett and Matthew discuss how due to aging infrastructure, […]
Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair, authored “Building Bridges: The Realities and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Law” for Best Lawyers Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition. Mindy discusses the current state of the challenges and opportunities facing the growing pool of diverse construction attorneys. Read the article here.
Melinda (“Mindy”) Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair and Partner in the firm’s Miami office, was quoted in Engineering News-Record‘s article, “Virus Snarls Hurricane Preparation,” published on June 3, 2020. Discussing the effect of the intersection of hurricane season and the coronavirus pandemic on construction, she says “a major weather event could exacerbate […]
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 […]