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.
National Construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Bruce D. Meller, partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, and Nathan A. Cohen, partner in P&A’s Los Angeles office, have been awarded 2021 Lexology Client Choice Awards in the area of Construction. This is the second consecutive year that the […]
National law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 18 firm attorneys have been named to the 2021 New York 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 […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Founding Partner, Robert S. (“Bob”) Peckar was selected by Women Builders Council (WBC) as a 2021 We for She Inspiration Award recipient. Melissa Salsano, Senior Counsel in the firm’s New York office, also received WBC’s Next Generation of Women Builders Award. […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been named to the 2021 Texas 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 than […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location in Boston, Massachusetts, and the arrival of accomplished construction and commercial litigation partners, Richard E. Briansky and Amy B. Hackett, to the firm. “For nearly 44 years, P&A has provided industry leading legal services to construction clients across the United […]
Partners Levi W. Barrett (New York), Nathan A. Cohen (Los Angeles), and Stewart Shurtleff (Dallas) co-authored “Selecting the right delivery method for the job”, which appeared in Construction Dive on August 30, 2021. Just as our capacity to build has evolved over time, so too have the methods of project delivery. From Design-Bid-Build to CM-at-Risk […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Jerry P. Brodsky, Partner and Director of the firm’s Latin American Practice, has been elected Chair of the International Division (Division 8) of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Construction Law. Jerry’s two-year term begins September 1, 2021. Jerry will […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 56 of the firm’s attorneys, based in its New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas and Washington, DC offices, have been recognized by Best Lawyers. 41 of these attorneys were named to the 2022 The Best Lawyers in America© list while […]
Robert S. Peckar and Denis Serkin have written “Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects,” a chapter for the 11th edition of The Law Reviews’ The Projects and Construction Review. Bob and Denis discuss dispute resolution in the construction process, including construction disputes in domestic and international projects, solving problems at the project level, and the role […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Partner Charles E. Williams, III, has been named to City & State New York’s MWBE Power 50 list. According to City & State New York, the MWBE Power 50 list “recognizes the most influential individuals involved in government contracting for firms […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. When bidding a project, subsurface or latent site conditions that are not immediately apparent can massively impact the costs of performance to general contractors. Were contractors required to bid on projects without any information on pre-existing conditions, they would need either to be […]
Peckar & Abramson founding partner Robert S. Peckar and partner Michael S. Zicherman served as contributing editors of Lexology‘s Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2022, which provides members of the construction industry and construction related legal and business providers with special insight into key industry issues in 22 jurisdictions worldwide. They also co-authored the […]
Freddy Munoz, senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and associate Brett Moritz have written “Soaring Construction Material Prices: Tips for Reducing Ever-Increasing Costs”, an article for the Daily Business Review/Law.com. In the article, Freddy and Ben discuss the rising prices of construction materials as a result of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic […]
Jonathan Miles, senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, has written “Freedom of Contract and Its Limits: Selected Issues for the Construction Industry,” an article for the Construction Law Journal, the official publication of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Jonathan discusses freedom of contract, which has deep roots in […]
Matthew Moore, co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Texas offices, and Senior Associate Lee Banta, have written “The Force Majeure Doctrine and Standard Construction Form Contract Provisions: Revisiting an Old Contract Provision During These New Uncertain Times,” an article for the Construction Law Journal, the official publication of the Construction Law Section of the State […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce The Legal 500 United States has once again ranked P&A as a Tier One Firm in Construction Law. The publication named Co-Founding Partner Robert S. Peckar to the “Hall of Fame”, and Washington, DC Managing Partner Michael A. Branca and Partner Ronald […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been named to the 2021 Florida 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 were named to the Florida Super […]
Michael A. Branca, managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, DC office, was quoted in Construction Dive‘s article, “The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about disagreements on public jobs,” published on June 29, 2021. Mike discusses changes orders in the article which focuses on disagreements on public construction jobs. He says, “There’s a […]
Levi W. Barrett, chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management practice, was quoted in Construction Executive‘s article, “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™: Forging a Contract for a COVID-Exit World.” Levi comments how he has witnessed an increase in attempts to shift design responsibilities to the contractor. He said, “Contractors have […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. As the need for faster and more efficient construction increases, design-build agreements are growing in popularity. Design-build projects may account for 44% of nonresidential building in the United States this year. However, contractors who venture into a “design builder” role may unexpectedly become […]