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.
Globalization of the construction industry is a reality and one that may afford many U.S. contractors significant profit opportunities abroad. Emerging countries often lack the financial resources required to support needed infrastructure projects. As a result, they rely on export credit agencies, the World Bank, or foreign investors who insist upon reputable construction contractors. U.S. […]
HOUSTON, TX. – October 17, 2019 – The Texas offices of national construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) continue the expansion of the firm’s capabilities with the arrival of three highly talented litigation and corporate attorneys, Partner Timothy A. Rothberg, Senior Counsel Jonathan Scott Miles and Associate Ian Fullington. P&A Chairman, Steven M. […]
While Hurricane Dorian churns in the Atlantic with its sights currently set on the east coast of Florida, storm preparations should be well underway. As you are busy organizing efforts to secure your job sites, we at Peckar & Abramson offer some quick reminders that may prove helpful: • Review your contracts, particularly the force […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 37 of the firm’s attorneys, based in its New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices, have been named 2020 Best Lawyers in America®. “We are extremely proud of the expanding number of Peckar & Abramson attorneys that […]
Employers in New York have, for years, dealt with a comprehensive wage theft law. Across the Hudson, New Jersey has now adopted what looks to be the most comprehensive wage theft law in the entire country. Employers are well advised to act quickly to ensure their pay practices are defensible to eliminate or reduce risk. […]
New York, NY – June 20, 2019 – Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce the launch of its Cyber Security & Data Privacy Practice, led by New York-based partner, Richard R. Volack. “P&A has long recognized the unique set of cyber security threats faced by participants in the construction industry and across […]
The normal project and contractual risks faced by contractors, consultants and suppliers to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are considerable. A new law and regulations mandating that the MTA debar contractors, consultants and suppliers for unexcused schedule and cost overruns creates a new and unfair existential risk. The new law, Public Authorities Law Section 1279-h, slipped […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as the top Construction Law Firm in the United States by Construction Executive (CE) magazine. In its first ever ranking of construction law firms, CE described its process.“For this inaugural ranking, CE reached out to hundreds of […]
The Social Security Administration has resumed the issuance of “No-Match” letters to employers, creating a murky set of obligations to avoid fines or penalties in the event of a Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) audit, sometimes called a Form I-9 or worksite enforcement audit. Employers who receive “No-Match” letters should act swiftly and deliberately, not only […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that six attorneys in the firm’s Miami office have been named 2019 Super Lawyers®. Each attorney is being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the field of Construction Law. Stephen Reisman, P&A’s Vice Chairman, noted “It is an honor that […]
A recent court ruling affecting most mid-sized and large employers requires them to submit pay data related to diversity statistics by September 30. As a result, it is imperative that employers start compiling the necessary information, referred to as EEO-1 Component 2 requirements. Although there is the possibility of an appeal, employers should prepare to […]
This article was co-authored by Melinda S. Gentile, Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Miami and Cadian T. Baker, Paralegal, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Miami. The 2019 Florida Legislative Session recently concluded and a number of important construction-related House Bills (HB) and Senate Bills (SB) were presented during the Session. Below is a summary of those […]
Partners Paul G. Monte and Neal I. Sklar, of Peckar and Abramson, P.C.(P&A), have been selected as Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). The CLSA describes itself as is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. Paul Monte is Co-Managing Partner of P&A’s […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce the arrival of three construction litigation attorneys. The firm welcomes Joseph N. Frost, Jennifer Harris and Joshua Morehouse as Associates in the firm’s growing Washington, DC practice. Joseph Frost focuses his practice on commercial and construction litigation and dispute resolution. He is […]
Florida contractors will soon have a level playing field, at least related to the right to recovery of attorney fees in certain circumstances. Effective October 1, 2019, the Florida statute by which legal fees may be recovered from insurers and sureties was amended to expressly afford that right to contractors. Florida’s Insurance statute, Chapter 627, […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm has once again been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA in the category of Construction Law at the coveted Band 1 level Nationwide. No other firm has the distinction of having been awarded that honor every year for 16 consecutive years since Chambers […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Texas Board Certified construction attorney Stewart Shurtleff has joined the firm as Partner in the firm’s Dallas office and attorneys Jackson Mabry and Cornelius “Lee” Banta, Jr. have joined as Associates in P&A’s Dallas and Houston offices, respectively. Firm Chairman, Steven M. Charney, welcomed the three […]
Melinda S. Gentile, Partner and Diversity and Inclusion Chair at Peckar and Abramson, P.C. will co-moderate a panel at the Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference (GWIC) during the Advancing Women in Construction Law breakout session. Alexandra Busch, Senior Associate at Peckar & Abramson, will co-moderate the panel to be held in the Grand Ballroom and […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Kevin J. O’Connor, Partner with the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Employment Law Teams, has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation for his commitment and dedication to the legal profession. “Kevin is an outstanding trial attorney […]
New Jersey’s intermediate level appeals court has clarified when an employee’s obesity can form the basis for a “perceived as disabled” claim of discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). In Dickson v. Community Bus Lines, Inc. d/b/a Coach USA, A-3857-17T3 (App. Div. Apr. 4, 2019), the Court upheld dismissal of a bus […]