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 25 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers® Lists in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, DC.* According to the publication, the lists are exclusive, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each jurisdiction. The […]
The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on June 18, 2020 and is making its way up to Congress. The bill will create millions of jobs and provide substantial investment in the nation’s deteriorating highways, […]
Contractors doing business with the Federal Government, particularly with the Department of Defense (“DoD”), commonly handle sensitive information that is not intended to be disseminated. Controlled Unclassified Information (“CUI”) is one such type and is more specifically defined as “information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with laws, regulations and government-wide […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked first among Construction Executive (CE)’s “The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™.” P&A was also named in the first position in 2019, the inaugural year of the publication’s rankings. Published in CE’s June 2020 issue, the rankings feature […]
On June 3, 2020, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) published and implemented revised regulations pertaining to the debarment of contractors. The revised regulations address many of the deep concerns raised by the contracting community. Under relevant administrative procedure, the MTA publication of the revised regulations starts a 45 day notice period before the regulations can […]
Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair, authored “Building Bridges: The Realities and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Law” for Best Lawyers Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition. Mindy discusses the current state of the challenges and opportunities facing the growing pool of diverse construction attorneys.
The article “Reduce Construction Risk With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,” written by Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Kris Lengieza, Senior Director of Business Development at Procore Technologies, was published in Construction Executive on June 2, 2020. Adam and Kris discuss the impact of technology on the construction […]
Effective Monday, June 8, 2020, New York City moves into Phase 1 of reopening. The New York City Department of Buildings has released new COVID-19 safety guidance for property owners and contractors of all permitted construction sites across the City. All jobs sites must adhere to the new rules. Click here to view the guidance […]
The article, “South Florida’s Aging Infrastructure: Land of Perils and Opportunities,” written by Brett J. Moritz, an Associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Matthew H. Scott, a Partner with Dunay, Miskel & Backman, was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on June 3, 2020. Brett and Matthew discuss how due to aging infrastructure, […]
Melinda (“Mindy”) S. Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair, authored “Building Bridges: The Realities and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Law” for Best Lawyers Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition. Mindy discusses the current state of the challenges and opportunities facing the growing pool of diverse construction attorneys. Read the article here.
Melinda (“Mindy”) Gentile, Peckar & Abramson’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair and Partner in the firm’s Miami office, was quoted in Engineering News-Record‘s article, “Virus Snarls Hurricane Preparation,” published on June 3, 2020. Discussing the effect of the intersection of hurricane season and the coronavirus pandemic on construction, she says “a major weather event could exacerbate […]
Nathalie N. Vergoulias, an Associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, has earned a Legal Spanish Certification from the University of Miami School of Law. The Legal Spanish Certification course delivers 72 hours of instruction over a 20-week period, taught entirely in Spanish. During this period, Nathalie performed tasks typical to the legal systems of […]
Patrick J. Greene, Jr., Senior Partner and Co-chair of Peckar & Abramson’s COVID-19 Task Force, recently answered Construction Dive readers’ coronavirus legal questions as part of the publication’s “May Mailbag” feature. Questions include: (1) What types of guidance should contractors follow in order to maintain jobsite health and safety? (2) How can we adequately provide […]
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Q&A in conjunction with CohnReznick and Lockton Companies on May 27, 2020.
Effective May 10, 2020, the City of New York enacted a law prohibiting most public and private employers from testing prospective employees for marijuana pursuant to a pre-employment drug test. The prohibition was added as a new basis of unlawful employment discrimination pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL” – Section 8-107, […]
The Government is Here to Help You – Be Careful: Best Business Practices in the Post-COVID World. Presentation in conjunction with Guidepost Solutions LLC on May 14, 2020.
The article “Is My Lawyer a Robot? Technology’s Impact on Professional Services,” written by Adam P. Handfinger, Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Miami office, and Rob M. Drover, Vice President of Business Solutions at Marcum, was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on May 14, 2020. Adam and Rob discuss the readily available technologies […]
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 142 providing for the resumption of non-essential construction projects in New Jersey as of Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6 a.m. Paragraph two of the Order, which can be viewed here, includes mandatory health and safety protocols to be followed. For a […]
Frank Hess, Senior Counsel with Peckar & Abramson’s Construction and Infrastructure practice, passed away on May 3, 2020 at the age of 61. Frank was known at P&A and by peers in the New Jersey and New York construction bars as a gifted attorney, trusted colleague, and tenacious litigator who possessed a high degree of […]
Over the next several weeks and months construction projects that had been shuttered will be restarted and new projects will be commenced. This Alert provides a checklist of issues that should be considered before starting or restarting such projects. These issues are drawn from lessons learned on “essential” projects that continued in hard-hit areas, guidance […]