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, 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 […]
Lori Ann Lange, Partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office, and Levi W. Barrett, Senior Associate in the firm’s New York office, were quoted as expert sources in a Law360 story that posted June 11, 2018 entitled “Tariffs Threaten Construction With Delays, Increased Costs”. The story discussed the uncertainty in the construction industry as contractors […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that litigation attorney, Charles E. Fombrun has joined the firm’s Miami office as an Associate. Mr. Fombrun represents clients in a variety of litigation matters including actions involving contractual disputes and commercial related litigation issues. Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Fombrun has served […]
Alex Baghdassarian, partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office and Nathan A. Cohen, senior counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office, co-authored a bylined article entitled “As steel tariffs come into play, contractors should review contracts” which published in the Daily Journal in Los Angeles on May 31, 2018. The article describes the new tariffs […]
Neal I. Sklar, partner in the firm’s Miami office and Charles E. Fombrun, associate in the firm’s Miami office co-authored a bylined article entitled “Construction Injuries/Fatalities: Best Practices in Handling OSHA Inspections” which published in the May 2018 issue of the AGC Law in Brief. The article discusses the recent up-tick of accidents and fatalities […]
The 15th annual Groundbreaking Women in Construction (GWIC) Conference, presented by Engineering News-Record (ENR) in partnership with Peckar & Abramson (P&A), took place May 14-16, 2018 at the historic Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Attended by a sellout gathering of 700, the 2018 theme of the construction industry’s premier leadership and talent management conference was […]
The 2018 Florida Legislative Session recently concluded and a number of important construction-related House Bills (HB) and Senate Bills (SB) were presented during the Session. Florida Governor Rick Scott has 15 days to act on the legislation once each Bill has passed the House and Senate. Bills signed by the Governor go into effect on […]
For the first time in state history, paid sick leave will soon be available to most New Jersey employees under a sweeping new law that Governor Phil Murphy signed on May 2, 2018. The New Jersey Earned Sick and Safe Days Act (A-1827) (the “Act”), which goes into effect on October 29, 2018, provides the […]
Curtis W. Martin, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Texas offices, participated for the 15th year in the BP Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 150. The annual 170-mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, Texas took place on April 28-29, 2018. Martin, who has raised more than $17,500 so far this year for MS, has ridden the event […]
We have written quite a bit about the mounting threat to employers, both nationally and locally, of claims of misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees. New Jersey’s new Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order last week that establishes a task force on employee misclassification to punish contractors who commit fraud by […]
Just in time for the firm’s Drones in Construction webinar on May 17, 2018, attorneys Mark R. Berry and Freddy X. Munoz co-authored an article entitled ‘Don’t Be Clueless, Careless or Criminal: How to Legally Operate a Construction Zone Drone’ which published May 14, 2018 in the Daily Business Review. The article summarized FAA regulations, […]
Peckar & Abramson (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 15 consecutive years since Chambers […]