Peckar & Abramson regularly represents prominent global contractors and builders — having done so in more than 40 countries, across six continents, and since the 1980s — on many of the largest construction and infrastructure projects executed worldwide.
We assist clients at every phase:
Our international dispute resolution experience encompasses formal and informal dispute resolution proceedings, such as in negotiations and mediations, as well as appearing in court, before dispute review boards and in international arbitration forums around the world, including:
Our capability in handling international disputes and projects is centered on our construction and infrastructure practices. Construction projects are complex, and disputes often involve a group of contracts to an extent greater than in other businesses. The international component of construction related disputes just adds another layer of complexity.
Language barriers are crossed readily by our multi-lingual lawyers, including talented U.S. lawyers born outside of the United States and who bring native language skills from around the globe.
Our attorneys are at ease with complex construction transactions and thrive in international settings. We have the skill and experience to handle a wide range of international commercial disputes.
From conception to completion, we are steeped in the practical, legal and regulatory challenges of every stage of large-scale infrastructure project development. Many of our team members possess hands-on construction, architectural and other technical backgrounds including project engineering, civil engineering and management.
Having represented those constructing the built environment around the world since 1978, we have a rare ability to marry legal expertise with project experience to provide practical guidance.
In a global economy, construction and infrastructure contracts may be structured under the laws of any number of local jurisdictions and are subject to the authority of various international arbitration and dispute resolution bodies and organizations.
Clients rely on our understanding of how these different legal and industry forces interact. We know the contracts and we understand the underlying technical issues. We excel at incorporating local laws into our practice and we appreciate the importance of business relationships. We routinely appear before all manner of international dispute resolution bodies. Most critically, we have a clear command of what it takes to develop successful strategies and present a winning case.
Where a matter of international law or culture, for example the law or custom of a particular country, is outside of our experience or capability, we draw upon our extensive network of local alliances. We are attuned to the full cultural understanding necessary to foster settlement discussions and to understand local nuances that are often integral to resolving disputes short of full-fledged dispute proceedings.
We have built enduring relationships with local law firms around the world. These regionally based practitioners supplement our industry leading capabilities, assisting our clients with the local legal regime, business environment, language and culture.
We are particularly proud of our founding membership in Construlegal™, an alliance of leading construction and infrastructure law firms throughout the Americas, and other relationships in Europe, the Far East, India, the Middle East and Oceania.
Where it is best to serve our clients as a team, working with local counsel more familiar with law or customs in discrete jurisdictions around the globe, we do so efficiently and effectively. We marry our extensive understanding of construction and infrastructure disputes and transactions with local relationships and expertise – with a keen eye on delivering results.
Increasing numbers of foreign contractors are pursuing opportunities and building projects across the United States. From our eleven offices across the U.S. we are recognized as leaders in construction law, and have extensive experience in guiding foreign companies as they venture into the U.S. market. We have represented many of these new market entrants beginning with their first U.S. projects, helping them to understand and adjust to U.S. and regional business, legal and cultural norms.
We are mindful that aspects of U.S. law can pose legal and other challenges to those entering the U.S. market. We can explain, demystify and provide practical guidance for understanding and managing these challenges including:
We are fully equipped to facilitate success in U.S. projects and help foreign contractors master the nuances of regional differences within the United States itself.
We are regularly sought for our expertise in representing those building and developing projects worldwide. The benefit of our construction and infrastructure experience, which reaches back to 1978, travels and translates world over to elevate the likelihood of a positive result.
When disputes are addressed outside of the U.S., foreign and U.S. based companies recognize that our experience and understanding of construction law and infrastructure development is invaluable.
Our understanding of what it takes to litigate, arbitrate or resolve challenging construction disputes and to address technical, business and cultural issues, has taken us around the globe. Our capabilities readily adapt to dispute resolution forums subject to common law jurisdictions around the globe.
The U.S. has become an increasingly popular venue to resolve disputes in a fair, transparent manner for foreign companies collaborating on projects built outside the United States. We have offices in each of the primary international dispute resolution centers in the U.S. – New York, Miami, Houston and Washington D.C.
When disputes are brought to forums in the U.S., general contractors, construction managers and others rely on our industry leading familiarity with U.S. proceedings, U.S. law and the technical aspects of construction and infrastructure.
Peckar & Abramson’s International Practice is not limited to construction and infrastructure disputes and transactions. Our experience goes beyond our core industry focus of construction and infrastructure and encompasses matters in a number of industries and before a wide variety of dispute resolution and regulatory bodies.
We offer comprehensive international construction and infrastructure counsel. Our lawyers:
Latin America and the Caribbean: From our offices in Miami, the “gateway to the Americas”, Texas, New York, and throughout the firm, Peckar & Abramson represents clients throughout Latin America — those involved in Latin American projects and Latin American clients involved in legal matters in and beyond North America. Lawyers in Miami and across the firm support our clients with native language expertise in Spanish and Portuguese, and a thorough familiarity with regional cultures.
We have developed key relationships with legal and business professionals throughout the region, relationships whose strength and potential led directly to the formation of Construlegal®.
Peckar & Abramson, along with leading Mexican and Peruvian construction law firms, founded Construlegal, an alliance of top construction law firms throughout the Americas that often work as a team to deliver legal and business services in local and international construction and infrastructure law. Since its founding, Construlegal has grown to an organization of 17 member firms throughout the Americas.
Our lawyers have represented clients on power plants in Chile, on entering the Cuban construction market, on matters related to the Panama canal expansion, on a chemical plant in Bolivia, on massive resort developments on various islands in the Bahamas, on design-build manufacturing facilities in Mexico, among many others, including the development and implementation of the Dispute Board program for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Southeast Asia: We are actively engaged in projects in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. These projects include hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and airports. In alliance with local law firms, we have provided clients with comprehensive project counsel, from contract formation, to anti-corruption compliance to dispute avoidance and resolution.
India: Our experience in India has ranged from the representation of Indian developers to international contractors building in India. We have provided counsel in regard to major infrastructure projects, the construction of new cities, office complexes and even the monumental new national statue. Through a unique alliance with one of India’s leading business law firms, with expertise in construction matters, we have together provided seamless legal representation to our respective clients at the highest proficiencies in construction law.
Middle East: We’ve built alliances with firms in Dubai and established relationships in the Middle East with leading construction law firms. We have represented contractors building highways in Afghanistan, power plants in Saudi Arabia, resorts in Israel, an electric power generation plant in Qatar and a pipeline through Turkey, among others. We have also represented Turkish companies coming to and doing business in the U.S.
United Kingdom/Europe: We have represented contractors based in Italy, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia in a wide variety of civil, infrastructure and building projects in the U.S. and abroad. We enjoy a relationship with a leading construction law firm in the United Kingdom dating back to the 1980s, resulting in joint representation of major clients and collaboration on projects in common law locales.
We have been integrally involved in all types of projects around the world, including:
Based on the depth and breadth of knowledge Peckar & Abramson's attorneys bring to the table, we are able to support our clients with their national and international projects around the world. Our attorneys work as a team to deliver powerful and unique legal and business services in local and international construction law matters.
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Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that nine of its attorneys in our Washington, DC office have been named 2018 Super Lawyers®. Each attorney is being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the field of construction law. “Our Washington, D.C. office and the sought after, experienced attorneys recognized by Super […]
Stephen P. Katz, and Abby Weiner, Partner and Senior Counsel, respectively, in the firm’s New Jersey office, co-authored a bylined article entitled “Potential Risks of Taking Equity Stakes in Construction Projects” that published in the April 2018 issue of AGC of America’s Newsletter ConsensusDocs. The article describes the risks and rewards, and issues to be […]
Frank M. Rapoport, Partner in the firm’s New York office, and Jerry P. Brodsky, Partner in the firm’s Miami office and Director of the Latin American Practice Group, co-authored an article for the Spring 2018 issue of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers entitled “Bonding the Rapidly Growing and Changing P3 Market in the […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that White-Collar Litigation attorney Olesya Sidorkina has joined the firm as an Associate. Ms. Sidorkina has white-collar criminal litigation experience representing corporations and individuals in civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to conspiracy, fraud and regulatory matters. She has managed discovery and pre-trial preparations in […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Litigation Attorney Jacqueline Voronov has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as a Senior Associate. Ms. Voronov’s principal areas of practice include civil litigation and labor and employment disputes, with a focus on complex employment discrimination cases. Her clients include major hotels, major retailers, shipping […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Litigation and Construction Law attorney Nathan A. Cohen has re-joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as senior counsel. Mr. Cohen focuses his practice on construction law, commercial litigation, real estate, corporate compliance and internal investigations. He was most recently Chief Legal Officer for a large […]
Karla Pascarella, Partner in the firm’s Austin office, will participate as a panel member at the International Law Section of The State Bar of Texas on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. The presentation tilted, “International Law and Business in the Cyber Era” will feature a […]
On March 1, 2018, Meredith Reynolds, Senior Associate in the firm’s Miami office, participated in a telephonic presentation with the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law on the recent opinion issued by the Supreme Court of Florida in Altman v. Crum & Forster. The Court in Altman recognized for the first time that Florida’s […]
Peckar & Abramson’s Austin office sponsored the Construction Leadership Counsel (CLC) Crawfish Boil on April 4, 2018. See attached picture – JD Holzheauser of Peckar & Abramson, Kelly Pettersen of Spire Consulting and David Deschaine of Alterman. Pictured from left to right – JD Holzheauser of Peckar & Abramson, Kelly Pettersen of Spire Consulting and […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that the firm celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. P&A’s reputation as the ‘go-to’ law firm for leading general contractors, construction managers and other companies and organizations across the construction industry was developed over four decades of service – always with our commitment to clients at […]
Tracey L. Williams authored an article in the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes, published January 2018, Volume 43, Number 1. The article titled, “What? You are Foreclosing? A Mechanic’s Lien Nightmare!,” The article explains what a Mechanic’s Lien is which may be issued demanding payment for labor and/or material used in a home’s construction. Further, the […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Alexa L. Magrath has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as an associate. Magrath has expertise in complex construction defect cases as well as managing cases through all states of litigation including research, discovery, defense, client management, depositions and trial preparation. She was formerly an […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense attorney Robert Bell has joined the firm’s New York office as Senior Counsel. Bell has represented public and privately held companies in highly-regulated industries in complex civil litigation matters and white collar criminal investigations, regulatory and administrative proceedings. […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that twenty-two (22) attorneys at the firm have been named 2018 Super Lawyers®. Attorneys in our New Jersey, California, Illinois and Texas* offices are being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the field of construction law. Following a rigorous peer-review process, P&A’s accomplished team […]
JD Holzheauser, an Associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office, authored an article entitled “Drones in Construction” which published in the Association of General Contractors AGC Law in Brief on March 20, 2018. The article discusses the increasing popularity of drones in the construction industry including information on regulations, insurance, private versus public space and […]
On March 8, 2018, President Trump executed two Presidential Proclamations, both going into effect on March 23, 2018, which establish a 25% tariff on certain steel products and a 10% tariff on certain aluminum products. The amount of the tariffs and the origin countries subject to same are fluid concepts subject to change by further […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Construction Attorney Casey J. Rahn has joined the firm’s New York office as an Associate. Mr. Rahn focuses his practice on construction disputes, mechanics liens, impact claims, subcontractor defaults, public-private partnerships and corporate compliance. He previously served as a Summer Associate/Law Clerk with Peckar & […]
Frank M. Rapoport, Partner and Chair of the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) practice in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office, was invited by Michael Peil, Vice Dean & Associate Professor at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in the Kingdom Bhutan to speak before law students on the topic of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP or P3). […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Construction Litigation and Transactional lawyer Christopher A. Ruhman has joined the firm’s Houston office as Senior Counsel. An experienced complex commercial litigator and advocate, Ruhman has represented general contractors, corporate and individual owners, developers, subcontractors, vendors/suppliers and material manufacturers on projects including the new construction, […]