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.
Steven M. Charney, chairman of of Peckar & Abramson, was quoted in Law360‘s article, “Private Sector Could Help Fund $2T Infrastructure Bill,” published on May 7, 2021. The article discusses how Washington could look to the private sector in the form of public-private-partnerships, or P3s, to help fund President Biden’s roughly $2 trillion infrastructure bill. […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that firm Chairman, Steven M. Charney, and Senior Counsel, Michael Schewe, have been appointed to Law360 2021 Editorial Advisory Boards. They have been named to the Construction and Immigration Editorial Boards, respectively. Members of the editorial advisory boards provide feedback on Law360’s […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to the 2021 Washington, DC 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. The following P&A attorneys were named […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Gerard J. Onorata, a Partner in the firm’s River Edge, New Jersey office, has been named a 2021 NJBiz Leaders in Law honoree. NJBiz defines their process as including “an open nomination period, followed by selection of honorees by a panel […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 16 attorneys have been recognized by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) and will be included in the WWL 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Construction. WWL reports that the publication, a global directory, “provides in-depth analysis to the world’s elite construction lawyers.” […]
Lori Ann Lange, partner and co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Government Contracting & Infrastructure practice, was quoted in Construction Dive‘s article, “What contractors need to know before going after public projects,” published on April 22, 2021. The article discusses some of the most important considerations for contractors to address before they start bidding on publicly […]
Michael C. Zisa, partner and chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Surety and Construction Related Insurance Defense practice, and Joshua A. Morehouse, a senior associate in P&A’s Washington, DC office, have written “What You Need to Know About Joint Ventures in the Construction Industry,” a three-part series of in-depth articles for the National Association of Surety […]
Denis Serkin, partner and chair of Peckar & Abramson’s international practice, and Nicole Markowitz, a senior associate, have written “Understanding the Risks of International Construction,” an article for Construction Executive. The article discusses the three categories of risk (the three Cs) a contractor operating abroad needs to understand. Read the full article here.
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the 2021 South Florida Legal Guide has named P&A a Top Law Firm in South Florida and has honored the following nine attorneys for their individual successes and accomplishments: Top Lawyers Jerry P. Brodsky Stefan Chin Melinda S. Gentile Adam P. […]
In response to COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available to the general public, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) issued new guidance on its website in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding whether employers can mandate that employees obtain vaccinations as a term and condition of employment. The newly issued FAQ largely […]
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law recent legislation mandating that all private and public employers, regardless of employer size or industry, provide up to four hours of paid leave, per dosage, for employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Employers must offer leave under the terms of the new law until it expires […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 19 attorneys have been named to the 2021 Illinois, New Jersey, and Southern California Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists and the 2021 Texas Rising Stars list. According to the publication, the lists are exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent […]
A recent case from the Central District of California reminds us that not all insurance policies are alike. Depending on the particular policy, losses from the COVID-19 outbreak could qualify as property damage and therefore could be recoverable under an all-risk insurance policy. COVID-19 has in many cases imposed significant costs on contractors, and in […]
The H-1B nonimmigrant visa program, which allows businesses to bring in foreign professionals to work in “specialty occupations,” has been an important tool of employers for many years. As winter thaws, our thoughts turn to our spring gardens, but many companies know that spring also means H-1B cap season is around the corner. U.S. Citizenship […]
The Texas snow and ice storm of February 2021 will long be remembered. It has affected everyone across the State, and its impacts continue to be felt a week later. This Alert provides the construction industry with guidance and recommendations for navigating commercial risk resulting from the storm. The potential impacts to your projects may […]
Gary M. Stein, co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, was quoted in the South Florida Business Journal‘s article, “$30M in six months? Elon Musk’s Miami tunnel idea ‘a logistical challenge,’ experts say,” published on February 15, 2021. The article discusses Elon Musk’s proposed tunnel for electric vehicles in Miami beneath Brickell Avenue and […]
Stephen P. Katz, Chair of Peckar & Abramson’s Corporate Law Practice, was quoted in Construction Executive‘s article, “Business Survival in the Age of COVID-19,” published on February 2, 2021. Stephen discusses the potential for PPP loan audits and provides a detailed list of all the types of documentation and information companies should consider assembling to […]
This article was written for the ConsensusDocs newsletter and first appeared here. The success of general contractors in completing a construction project is often dependent upon the performance of their subcontractors. General contractors have frequently said exactly this. Traditionally, the key subcontractors on a project are the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural steel subs. Due […]
Thomas J. Curran, co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Practice, was quoted in the Financial Times’ article, “White Collar Lawyers Predict Boom Times Under Biden,” published on February 6, 2021. The article discusses how corporate criminal prosecutions are expected to rise after falling dramatically during former President Donald Trump’s presidency. […]
SUMMARY Effective January 1, 2021, a new California law requires employers to notify employees about possible or known exposure to COVID-19 at the workplace. The law requires actual notification to employees within one day. In addition, the law requires notifications to local public health authorities of a COVID-19 outbreak. The law also gives Cal/OSHA a […]