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 Michael Schewe has joined the firm’s New Jersey offce as Senior Counsel. Mr. Schewe’s arrival marks the further growth of P&A’s Labor & Employment practice and the firm’s expanding immigration capabilities. Mr. Schewe has significant experience in all aspects of immigration law, as well as […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Jackson Mabry has joined the firm’s Dallas office as an Associate. Mr. Mabry has broad experience in commercial and civil litigation across the state of Texas. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in all phases of litigation, and is well-respected by clients […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce its support for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Women in Construction (WIC) Week, taking place March 3-9, 2019. P&A joins NAWIC to highlight the successes, contributions and evolution of women in the construction industry. Throughout WIC Week, the firm will support local […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Michael A.Branca has been named a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. The College is an invitation-only association of construction law practitioners, professors and judges. Its mission is to improve the practice and understanding of construction law and to promote the positive role […]
Miami Office Co-Managing Partner, Adam Handfinger, and firm clients John and Luann Turco, were quoted in the Naples Daily News. The February 21, 2019 story covered alleged construction defects in the Turco’s multi-million dollar home in North Naples. Naples Daily News (subscription required)
Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner in the firm’s Miami office and Vice Chair of the firm’s marketing committee, discusses effective social media marketing for attorneys and law firms with the Daily Business Review and Law.com. Mr. Handfinger urges attorneys to be consistent, focus on messaging and make a commitment to the process. Daily Business Review
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Neal I. Sklar, Partner in the firm’s Miami offce and a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law specialist, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Latin Builders Association. Of Cuban descent and bi-lingual in English and Spanish, Mr. Sklar’s practice is focused […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Firm Chairman, Steven M. Charney, spoke at CityAge: New York, where he discussed the development, launch and plans for the Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute. Mr. Charney serves as the Institute’s Founding Advisor, working closely with its Executive Director, Dr. Laura Steinberg. Steven M. Charney is regarded […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Brett J. Moritz has joined the firm’s Miami office as an Associate. Mr. Moritz focuses on a variety of litigation issues including construction defect litigation and construction dispute resolution. He was previously an Associate Attorney with a Miami law firm where he specialized […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Stefan Chin and Nathan Cohen have been elevated to the firm’s partnership. P&A has also announced the elevation of three attorneys to the position of Senior Counsel: Levi Barrett (New York, NY), Ian Schlanger (River Edge, NJ), and Chris Sweeney (Washington, DC), and the promotion […]
On October 26, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (the “Eleventh Circuit”) issued a decision which reversed an award of prevailing party attorneys’ fees to performance bond sureties in their dispute with a contractor arising from the contractor’s claim against a subcontractor’s performance bond. Had the lower court’s decision been […]
What California Contractors Need To Know About AB 3018 California contractors used to face limited consequences for non-compliance with the state’s skilled and trained workforce requirements on public works projects. A sea-change to the statutory landscape went into effect on January 1, 2019 as a result of Assembly Bill No. 3018 (“AB 3018”).1 The Code […]
Stephen H. Reisman, Vice Chairman of Peckar & Abramson and Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Miami office, co-authored a bylined article entitled “Decision Further Erodes Florida’s Statute of Repose for Latent Construction Defects” that published in the Daily Business Review on January 9, 2019. Mr. Reisman and Mr. Handfinger described how recent […]
Alexandra E. Busch, Associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article in the November/December 2018 edition of the AGC Law in Brief Newsletter entitled “Contractors Beware: Completing Work Directed Only by a Contracting Officer’s Rep is at Your Own Risk”. The article explains the difference between apparent and actual authority and whether the […]
Richard R. Volack, Partner in the firm’s New York office and Chair of the firm’s Information Technology Committee, was quoted as an expert source in a Law360 story ‘What Construction Attys Must Know On Information Modeling’ which published November 16, 2018. Mr. Volack commented on cybersecurity procedures that general contractors should follow to mitigate risk […]
Curtis W. Martin, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Texas offices, has been named 2018 Ride Marshal of the Year for the annual BP MS 150. The annual 150-mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, Texas took place on April 28-29, 2018. The ride has become the largest event of its kind in North America. Teaching, […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Commercial and Real Estate Litigation attorney Crystal V. Venning has joined the firm’s New York office as an Associate. Venning’s expertise includes construction litigation in addition to drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex technology business contracts. She was previously Assistant Counsel II for the Office of […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Sadiq Tony Ali has joined the firm’s Houston office as an Associate. Mr. Ali focuses his practice on construction litigation. He is knowledgeable regarding real estate development, construction defect litigation and the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act. Admitted in Texas, he was previously an Associate […]
Michael S. Zicherman, partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, was quoted as a source in Law360’s pre-election story about transportation ballots to watch for in the 2018 mid-term elections. Mr. Zicherman commented on gas tax increases, bond issuances and so-called lockbox measures ensuring that transportation and infrastructure funds be exclusively for their intended purpose. […]
On September 10, 2018 California’s Governor took an ambitious stance on environmental policy and signed Senate Bill 100 (“SB100”). The bill accelerates several Renewables Portfolio Standards (“RPS”) deadlines previously established by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill’s most notable effect—it requires that 100 percent of California’s electricity come from renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045. […]