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.
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. There has been much talk in the last several months about OSHA’s intent to establish a national standard to prevent heat-related injury and illness. OSHA’s Region VI, covering the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, has had a regional emphasis […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys have been recognized by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) and are included in the WWL 2022 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Construction. Among the list is Denis Serkin, partner and chair of P&A’s International practice, who is one of only four US attorneys recognized […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Kevin J. O’Connor, partner in the firm’s River Edge, New Jersey office, has been named a 2022 NJBIZ Leaders in Law honoree. NJBIZ defines their process as “an open nomination period, followed by a selection of honorees by a panel of independent judges with experience […]
Peckar & Abramson attorneys Adam Handfinger and Brett Moritz of the Miami office and Adrian Bastianelli III of the Washington D.C office have co-authored the article, “Tariffs, a Pandemic and War: Construction Contracts Must Withstand the Unforeseeable.” The article, written for Construction Executive, discusses the impacts of materials shortages and price increases, labor shortages, and breakdowns in the supply chain, […]
P&A attorney Lauren Rayner Davis was quoted in Commercial Observer‘s article, “Construction Industry Confronts Drug Abuse Among Workers,” published on May 10, 2022. This article examines the significant rise in substance issues facing the nation at large and its impacts on the construction workforce. Lauren told Commercial Observer, “one of the most significant challenges is […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that seven attorneys joined the firm in the first quarter of 2022 in four of the firm’s 11 offices. Now among the firm’s partners, senior counsel, and associates, these attorneys have strengthened the ranks of P&A’s Boston, Los Angeles, River Edge, and […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been named to the 2022 Washington, DC Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists. According to the publication, the lists are exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction as Super Lawyers and no more […]
Richard R. Volack, partner and chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Cyber Security & Data Privacy practice, recently answered The Construction Broadsheet‘s readers’ cybersecurity questions as part of the publication’s “Legal Q&A” feature. The questions included: We are a subcontracting firm working on a large project, and most daily communication is handled via email. One of […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here The “joint employer” doctrine has been used with increasing frequency by the plaintiffs’ bar to broaden the scope of target defendants in discrimination cases beyond those who would be traditionally regarded as the employer. This is true even in the construction industry, which […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Levi W. Barrett, chair of the firm’s contracts, project documentation, and risk management practice, has been named co-managing partner of the firm’s New Jersey office; and Michael C. Zisa, chair of the firm’s surety practice and co-chair of the crisis management team, has been named co-managing partner […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys have been named to the 2022 Illinois, New Jersey, and Southern California Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists and the 2022 Texas Rising Stars list. According to the publication, the lists are exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction as […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here I. The Social Media Dilemma Social media has significantly impacted all facets of society, especially the way people communicate. Its impact and application to the construction industry is no different. TikTok, the video-sharing platform, is one of the world’s most popular platforms today, […]
Lori Ann Lange, beloved sister, friend, colleague, and esteemed attorney at Peckar & Abramson, P.C., passed away suddenly last week at her home. Nearly 35 years ago, Lori began her career and established herself as a force in the government contracts bar. When Lori joined P&A’s Washington, D.C. office at its inception nearly 17 years […]
Christopher Bletsch, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office, has written “New York State Labor Law Amendments: Expanded Protections for Employees,” an article for the Long Island Contractors’ Association‘s Long Island Road Warriors magazine. Chris discuses two recent amendments to the New York Labor Law that took effect earlier this year that are […]
The “joint employer” doctrine has been used with increasing frequency by the plaintiffs’ bar to broaden the scope of target defendants in discrimination cases beyond those who would be traditionally regarded as the employer. This is true even in the construction industry, which has seen a rise in cases where general contractors or construction managers […]
Kevin O’Connor, chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Business Litigation practice and vice-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice, and attorney Lauren Rayner Davis have co-authored “Top Ten Motions in Limine,” an article for the Defense Research Institute (DRI)’s For The Defense magazine. The motion in limine is a critical weapon for an attorney defending […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that attorney Steven Weber has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner. A member of the firm’s Construction & Infrastructure and Government Contracts practice groups, Steve has 25+ years of experience representing domestic and international contractors in a wide range […]
Neal I. Sklar, partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Ryan A. Weiss, associate in the Miami office, co-authored “Infrastructure Funding: A Breakdown for Florida Transportation Builders,” an article for the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association‘s magazine. The article appeared in the magazine’s Winter 2021 edition and can be read here.
Michael C. Zisa, chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Surety and Construction Related Insurance Defense practice, and co-chair of the firm’s Crisis Management team, recently answered The Construction Broadsheet’s readers’ crisis management questions as part of the publication’s “Legal Q&A” feature. The questions included: (1) Our firm is a general construction company involved in many projects, some […]
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