Peckar and Abramson’s Immigration Practice Group represents businesses of all sizes (domestic and multinational) academic institutions, organizations and individuals across the United States and the world on a wide range of immigration and compliance matters.
Finding and keeping foreign talent is an important priority for businesses, research institutions and other organizations. Peckar & Abramson assists by designing appropriate and efficient strategies to take on foreign workers for temporary and long-term assignments. Whether it’s bringing executives and managers to the U.S. from foreign affiliates, petitioning professionals or individuals with specialized knowledge to fill temporary needs, or sponsoring essential employees for lawful permanent residency (a “green card”), Peckar and Abramson helps employers navigate the daunting and unforgiving visa processes.
We also counsel individuals on immigrant visa applications based on extraordinary ability, waivers of inadmissibility, family-based immigration, naturalization and the immigration consequences of certain criminal acts.
Employers must assure compliance with Form I-9, E-Verify and Social Security No-Match letters. Peckar and Abramson helps employers avoid costly civil fines and criminal liability by counseling employers on best practices, drafting policies and procedures, providing training sessions for management on compliance and anti-discrimination, leading internal self-audits, and defending employers facing government raids or audits. In conjunction with the Labor and Employment Group, we design comprehensive programs, policies and procedures to effectively manage your workforce.
In recent years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has increased employment verification compliance enforcement actions, including the prosecution of employers and company officials who knowingly hire illegal workers. During an I-9 audit, ICE will not only have access to the company’s Forms I-9 to determine whether substantive or technical errors are present, but may also scrutinize hiring policies and procedures, training schedules, payroll records and other information regarding compliance practices. The worst time to assess the state of your company’s I-9 and E-Verify records is after the government has initiated the audit. Take action now to assure that best practices are being utilized by all members in the employment verification compliance chain. ICE has discretion to be more lenient with employers who have taken good faith steps to review their compliance process and avoid errors in the future. We also offer a complimentary foreign workforce audit and analysis, to help you keep track of important visa processing deadlines and develop long-term strategies for key foreign employees.
Peckar & Abramson offers various services to businesses that want to ensure that compliance is being met on an ongoing basis:
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 […]
Craig A Landy, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office, has written, “Liquidated Damages in Construction Contracts: An ‘Exclusive Remedy’ for Delays in NY?” an article for the New York Law Journal. Craig discusses how careful attention must be paid to the development and drafting of liquidated damages provisions in operating under New […]
National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Nicholas J. Zaita has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as Partner. In addition, K. Greer Kuras and Anthony Melon have joined the firm’s New York office as Associates, and Kellie Ros has joined the firm’s Houston, Texas office as an […]
If New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo decides to sign the current version of this bill, S2766-C, into law, the law will take effect within 120 days and it will make all contractors on private projects strictly liable for unpaid wage claims (including benefits) by employees of subcontractors at every tier. The new law would […]
Kim Altsuler, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, and Gregory H. Chertoff, co-managing partner of the firm’s New York office, have co-authored the article, “Mold—It’s Still Growing! Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Mold in Construction and Renovation” with Chip D’Angelo and Chris Spicer of Gallagher Bassett. The article, written for Construction Executive, discusses […]