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.
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that founding partner Robert S. Peckar and partner Michael S. Zicherman served as contributing editors of Getting the Deal Through—Construction 2019. The attorneys co-authored the introduction to Getting the Deal Through, Construction 2019 as well as the chapter titled, “United States,” published by Law Business Research, Ltd. Getting […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Construction Litigation attorney David C. Bennett has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as a Senior Associate. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bennett had twenty-seven years of contract administration and construction management experience on private and public projects in the United States and abroad. He […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that eight attorneys in its Austin, Dallas and Houston offices have been named 2018 Super Lawyers®. Each attorney is being honored for their ongoing leadership and achievements in the area of Construction Law. Dallas Partner Jeffrey A. Ford received exemplary recognition and was also named a Top […]
Christopher M. Sweeney, Senior Associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article in the ConsensusDocs Newsletter, August 2018, Volume 4, Issue 4, titled “Not My Payroll, Not My Problem? Think Again,” which discusses how in some states, general contractors may be liable for the payroll of their subcontractors. Mr. Sweeney explains that new […]
Steven M. Charney, Chairman of Peckar & Abramson, was featured in Law360’s story on August 24, 2018 “Unknowns Mute Buzz For NJ’s Public-Private Partnership Law”. New Jersey’s new S865 legislation authorizes the broad usage of public-private partnerships (P3s) in New Jersey. Mr. Charney worked with the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey (ACCNJ) and the […]
New York State and New York City recently passed historic legislation requiring most private employers in New York to conduct annual sexual harassment training for all employees, effective October 9, 2018 (under State law) and April 1, 2019 (under City law). The legislation also includes expansion of existing protections against sexual harassment and additional requirements […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that 34 of the firm’s attorneys, based in its New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices, have been named 2019 Best Lawyers in America®. “It is a tremendous honor and notable distinction for Peckar & Abramson attorneys, some of whom were named […]
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill S-865, creating the state’s new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) law, making New Jersey the latest state to embrace this burgeoning delivery system for the construction of public infrastructure projects. The new law goes into effect 180 days from today. Peckar & Abramson (P&A) […]
Levi W. Barrett, Senior Associate in the firm’s New York office, co-edited a book for the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law titled, “MORE Sticks and Bricks: A Lawyer’s Guide to Advanced Construction Systems and Techniques.” This guide to practical construction technology contains a comprehensive overview of construction practices and procedures – from basic […]
Levi. W. Barrett, Senior Associate in the firm’s New York office, wrote a bylined article for the AGC Law In Brief, Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2018 entitled “Last Call… On October 31, the AIA Retires the A201-2007 General Conditions-What Does This Mean to You?” The article educates the construction industry about the continued usage […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Courtney Bryan Sheaffer has joined the firm’s Houston office as an Associate. Ms. Sheaffer focuses her practice on Labor & Employment disputes as well as commercial litigation. Her experience includes representation of clients across various industries including commercial real estate developers, construction companies, oil & […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Matt Moore, Co-Managing Partner of the Houston office, has been elected to a three-year term as a Council Member of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, with over 2,500 members consisting of legal professionals from public and private sectors involved in […]
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Stephen P. Katz, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Corporate Law Practice Group, represented JSW Steel Ltd., one of the largest steel conglomerates in India, in JSW’s $81 million acquisition of 100% of the equity of Acero Junction Holdings Inc., the owner of the Acero […]
New Jersey is finally among the many states with broad authority to develop or improve public projects through a Public Private Partnership (P3) delivery method. This contracting model has stimulated growth and improvements in other States and led to the delivery of projects that may not otherwise have happened. Senate Bill 865 (“S-865”), after undergoing […]
Paul Monte, Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office, was quoted as an expert source in a story written by Law360 on June 25, 2018 entitled “New York Construction Industry Watching ‘Game-Changing’ Bill”. Described as one of the most significant pieces of legislation to affect the construction industry in decades, S06686 adds a new […]
Aaron C. Schlesinger, Partner in the firm’s New Jersey office, authored a bylined article entitled “Pre-hire Trade Collective Bargaining Agreement Under the NLRAe Agreement” which published in ConsensusDocs on June 25, 2018. Using his expertise in Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Schlesinger gave examples and described Section 8(f) of the National Labor Relations Act […]
Neal I. Sklar, Partner in the firms Miami office, was quoted as an expert source in the Law360 story “Privately Backed Rail And Transit Projects To Watch” that published June 25, 2018. Mr. Sklar commented on how rail projects are frequently public-private partnerships (P3) where it makes financial sense from a private business perspective. Law360
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to share the 2018 Construlegal Newsletter. Construlegal is a strategic alliance of law firms based in the Americas which share a common focus, values and market approach. Peckar & Abramson is a founding member of Construlegal.
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that eight attorneys in the firm’s Miami 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 well-respected Miami-based construction attorneys regularly represent prominent local, national and global contractors and builders” […]
Kevin O’Connor, Partner, and Joseph Vento, Associate, both based in the firms New Jersey office, co-authored an article in Law360’s Construction section entitled “NJ Construction Employers Must Prepare For Crackdown” which published on June 12, 2018. The analysis explains that New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy recently signed a recent executive order that is turning up […]