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.
It was not long after the first pharmaceutical company announced a successful Phase 3 trial of a COVID-19 vaccine that questions began to be asked by employers about whether, and under what circumstances, an employer could mandate that employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. While it is presently legal for an […]
Robert S, Peckar, a founding partner of Peckar & Abramson, and Crystal T. Dang, an associate in the firm’s Houston office, have written “Natural Disasters’ Impact on Construction in the United States,” an article for Construction Executive. The article provides guidelines in anticipation of disasters, for reviewing the impact of a disaster as it is […]
JD Holzheauser, a senior associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, has written “Documenting Contract Changes in Construction” an article for Construction Executive. The article provides advice on actions a contractor can take during construction that will help them recover time or money when a contract’s schedule or scope of work needs to be changed. […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been named 2020 WWL Thought Leaders – Construction by Who’s Who Legal. These attorneys are recognized for having obtained the largest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources in WWL’s most recent research cycle, with many having […]
On September 30, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new regulatory guidance to clarify employer reporting requirements of COVID-19 related work incidents that lead to either an employee fatality or hospitalization. The reporting requirement for fatalities from a work-related COVID-19 infection is triggered when an employee dies within 30 days of being […]
Michael C. Zisa, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Surety and Construction Related Insurance Defense practice, has written “Subcontractor Failure to Pay Employee Wages Could Fall on General Contractors,” an article for Construction Executive. The article discusses how general contractors must realize the risk of being held liable for a subcontractor’s failure to pay timely and […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has been named 2021 “Law Firm of the Year” in Litigation – Construction by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” U.S. News – Best Lawyers states that only one law firm per nationally-ranked area of practice is […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys have been named to the 2020 New York Super Lawyers® List. According to the publication the list is exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction as Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent […]
New Jersey employers make note: A recently enacted amendment to the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act entitles “essential employees”—including construction and many other types of private sector workers—who contract COVID-19 to the presumption that their illness is work-related. Significantly, this amendment is retroactive to March 9, 2020, the date of the initial pandemic state of […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. The emergence of COVID-19 has created a new set of challenges in the already complex world of negotiating construction contracts. In the pre-COVID-19 era, general contractors, construction managers and those negotiating on their behalf, needed to balance a variety of fairly well-established legal […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers® List. According to the publication, the list is exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction. The following P&A attorneys from the Houston, Dallas, and Austin […]
Michael C. Zisa, a partner with the national construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A), has been selected as a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). The CLSA describes itself as is an invitation-only international honorary association with membership limited to 1,200 practicing Fellows focusing in construction law and related fields. […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that three firm partners have been selected by the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) among its annual Professional Excellence Awards honorees. Co-Founding Partner Robert (“Bob”) S. Peckar was named a Lifetime Achievement award winner, recognized for the indelible mark he has made […]
Attorneys Adrian L. Bastianelli, III, Paulo Flores, Kevin O’Connor, and Robert S. Peckar have written “Is It Live…Or Is It Virtual?,” an article for the summer edition of Best Lawyers Magazine. They discuss in detail how best to make virtual mediation work and offer some thoughts on whether it’s here to stay. Read the full […]
Attorneys Anne-Solenne Rolland and Freddy X. Muñoz, and Paralegal Katherine Gonzalez have written the article, “Lessons Learned From One of Miami’s First Zoom Bench Trials,” for Daily Business Review/Law.com. They discuss their experience after undertaking one of the first virtual week-long bench trials in Miami-Dade County in June and the valuable lessons they learned in […]
Richard R. Volack, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Cyber Security & Data Privacy Practice, has written “Grappling With Viruses on Multiple Fronts: Ongoing Cyber Risk Management in the Age of COVID-19,” an article for Construction Executive. Richard discusses the preventative measures that construction executives should take to keep the company and its computer systems safe […]
Jerry P. Brodsky, Partner and Director of Peckar & Abramson’s Latin American Practice, has written the article, “COVID in the Americas – A Review of Impacts, Responses, Challenges for Construction Sectors,” for Daily Business Review/Law.com. Jerry discusses the similarities and differences between the impacts, responses, and challenges for construction in Latin America and the United […]
Robert S. Peckar and Denis Serkin have written “Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects,” a chapter for the 10th edition of The Law Reviews’ The Projects and Construction Review. Read the chapter here.
In our previous alert, we discussed the Federal Government’s Ban (the “Ban”) on certain Chinese covered telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services in federal government contracts. The ban prohibits government contractors and subcontractors from supplying to the Federal Government or using in their own internal operations certain telecommunications or video surveillance equipment or services […]
In our previous alert, we discussed the expansion on the Section 889(a)(1)(B) ban on certain Chinese telecommunications equipment and services to contractors and subcontractors who use the equipment and services in their internal operations. Effective August 13, 2020, federal agencies were prohibited from procuring, obtaining, extending, or renewing a contract with a contractor that uses […]