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.
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that founding partner Robert S. Peckar and partner Michael S. Zicherman served as contributing editors of Getting the Deal Through—Construction 2019. The attorneys co-authored the introduction to Getting the Deal Through, Construction 2019 as well as the chapter titled, “United States,” published by Law Business Research, Ltd. Getting […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Construction Litigation attorney David C. Bennett has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as a Senior Associate. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bennett had twenty-seven years of contract administration and construction management experience on private and public projects in the United States and abroad. He […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that eight attorneys in its Austin, Dallas and Houston offices have been named 2018 Super Lawyers®. Each attorney is being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the area of Construction Law. Dallas Partner Jeffrey A. Ford received exemplary recognition and was also named a Top […]
Christopher M. Sweeney, Senior Associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article in the ConsensusDocs Newsletter, August 2018, Volume 4, Issue 4, titled “Not My Payroll, Not My Problem? Think Again,” which discusses how in some states, general contractors may be liable for the payroll of their subcontractors. Mr. Sweeney explains that new […]
Steven M. Charney, Chairman of Peckar & Abramson, was featured in Law360’s story on August 24, 2018 “Unknowns Mute Buzz For NJ’s Public-Private Partnership Law”. New Jersey’s new S865 legislation authorizes the broad usage of public-private partnerships (P3s) in New Jersey. Mr. Charney worked with the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey (ACCNJ) and the […]
New York State and New York City recently passed historic legislation requiring most private employers in New York to conduct annual sexual harassment training for all employees, effective October 9, 2018 (under State law) and April 1, 2019 (under City law). The legislation also includes expansion of existing protections against sexual harassment and additional requirements […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 34 of the firm’s attorneys, based in its New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices, have been named 2019 Best Lawyers in America®. “It is a tremendous honor and notable distinction for Peckar & Abramson attorneys, some of whom were named […]
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill S-865, creating the state’s new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) law, making New Jersey the latest state to embrace this burgeoning delivery system for the construction of public infrastructure projects. The new law goes into effect 180 days from today. Peckar & Abramson (P&A) […]
Levi W. Barrett, Senior Associate in the firm’s New York office, co-edited a book for the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law titled, “MORE Sticks and Bricks: A Lawyer’s Guide to Advanced Construction Systems and Techniques.” This guide to practical construction technology contains a comprehensive overview of construction practices and procedures – from basic […]
Levi. W. Barrett, Senior Associate in the firm’s New York office, wrote a bylined article for the AGC Law In Brief, Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2018 entitled “Last Call… On October 31, the AIA Retires the A201-2007 General Conditions-What Does This Mean to You?” The article educates the construction industry about the continued usage […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Courtney Bryan Sheaffer has joined the firm’s Houston office as an Associate. Ms. Sheaffer focuses her practice on Labor & Employment disputes as well as commercial litigation. Her experience includes representation of clients across various industries including commercial real estate developers, construction companies, oil & […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Matt Moore, Co-Managing Partner of the Houston office, has been elected to a three-year term as a Council Member of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, with over 2,500 members consisting of legal professionals from public and private sectors involved in […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Stephen P. Katz, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Corporate Law Practice Group, represented JSW Steel Ltd., one of the largest steel conglomerates in India, in JSW’s $81 million acquisition of 100% of the equity of Acero Junction Holdings Inc., the owner of the Acero […]
New Jersey is finally among the many states with broad authority to develop or improve public projects through a Public Private Partnership (P3) delivery method. This contracting model has stimulated growth and improvements in other States and led to the delivery of projects that may not otherwise have happened. Senate Bill 865 (“S-865”), after undergoing […]
Paul Monte, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office, was quoted as an expert source in a story written by Law360 on June 25, 2018 entitled “New York Construction Industry Watching ‘Game-Changing’ Bill”. Described as one of the most significant pieces of legislation to affect the construction industry in decades, S06686 adds a new […]
Aaron C. Schlesinger, Partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, authored a bylined article entitled “Pre-hire Trade Collective Bargaining Agreement Under the NLRAe Agreement” which published in ConsensusDocs on June 25, 2018. Using his expertise in Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Schlesinger gave examples and described Section 8(f) of the National Labor Relations Act […]
Neal I. Sklar, Partner in the firms Miami office, was quoted as an expert source in the Law360 story “Privately Backed Rail And Transit Projects To Watch” that published June 25, 2018. Mr. Sklar commented on how rail projects are frequently public-private partnerships (P3) where it makes financial sense from a private business perspective. Law360
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to share the 2018 Construlegal Newsletter. Construlegal is a strategic alliance of law firms based in the Americas which share a common focus, values and market approach. Peckar & Abramson is a founding member of Construlegal.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that eight attorneys in the firm’s Miami office have been named 2018 Super Lawyers®. Each attorney is being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the field of Construction Law. “Our well-respected Miami-based construction attorneys regularly represent prominent local, national and global contractors and builders” […]
Kevin O’Connor, Partner, and Joseph Vento, Associate, both based in the firms New Jersey office, co-authored an article in Law360’s Construction section entitled “NJ Construction Employers Must Prepare For Crackdown” which published on June 12, 2018. The analysis explains that New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy recently signed a recent executive order that is turning up […]