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Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
United States

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 1

Construction specialist Peckar & Abramson, P.C. 'excels at handling disputes involving complex issues related to delay and disruption' and is considered by some to be 'the premier construction boutique firm in the country'. It has offices across the US, and primarily works with general contractors and construction managers on transactional and contentious matters. The team has undergone a period of relative transformation recently, with three new arrivals, namely Los Angeles-based Ronald Helmuth, previously head of his own firm, Barry Brooks in Dallas from McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C., and Austin-based Karla Pascarella from Isolux Corsan. Helmuth recently acted for a joint venture comprised of two national contractors in contract negotiations for a new major airport terminal. Supported by New York-based chairman Steven Charney and Los Angeles-based Alex Baghdassarian, Helmuth also represented the client in multiple claims associated with the project. In another highlight, New York-based Gregory Chertoff led a team defending significant claims brought against a major construction company for alleged negligence related to floodwater damage. Washington DC-based Christopher Sweeney, who was recently promoted to senior counsel, is noted for his litigation expertise. Founding partner Robert Peckar, who is based in New York, is another key contact.

As a firm dedicated to the needs of its clients in the construction industry, P&A employs over 100 attorneys in eleven offices across the US, including New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania. The firm also maintains international affiliations around the world, allowing its capabilities and scope to reach a truly global scale.

Main areas of practice

Construction and dispute resolution: P&A represents general contractors and construction managers, as well as other industry participants, concerning a wide range of construction projects in the public and private sectors.

Corporate compliance and integrity counsel and internal investigations: P&A advises on internal corporate controls, provides assistance in creating and implementing compliance programs, conducts internal investigations of potential ethics violations and represents clients in regulatory investigations, audits and civil litigations.

Corporate: P&A’s corporate attorneys represent both public and privately held companies in mergers, acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, venture capital, securities regulation, formation and organization of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, joint venture agreements, licensing, corporate government, and general commercial agreements.

Employment and employment practices: the team in the employment practice group handles defense and oversight of EPLI/D&O claims through insurance coverage, and monitors EPLI/D&O claims on behalf of carriers.

Government contracts: P&A provides counsel to a wide variety of industries engaged in government contracting and represents them in connection with an even broader array of contracting issues and disputes.

Labor: the firm’s labor attorneys counsel private and public employers and ERISA entities in all matters of litigation and labor relations management.

Public-private partnerships: P&A is a leading firm in US P3s and it regularly counsels clients on complex P3 projects, such as bridges, tunnels, highways, pipelines and railways, and social infrastructure projects.

Real estate: P&A’s real estate practice represents clients in every aspect of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, financing, construction financing, leasing and disposition of real property.

White-collar criminal defense and securities litigation: the firm has extensive experience on both federal and local levels in criminal trials, the intricacies of the grand jury and other aspects of the practice of criminal law, and issues that arise in the conduct of business.

Environmental: the firm represents a wide range of clients, including contractors, developers, manufacturers, financial services companies, oil and gas companies, utilities and others in a variety of environmental matters.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: the firm is a leader in the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation and arbitration, all of which allow clients to reach prudent solutions that strengthen their businesses.

Power facilities: P&A represents owners, contractors, and construction managers in connection with a vast array of national and international power projects, including nuclear, coal, gas, hydro-electric, bio-fuel and solar power facilities, as well as pipelines, distribution systems and other power-related infrastructure projects.

Surety practice: with over 30 years of experience representing members of the construction industry, the firm has a comprehensive understanding of the legal and practical issues impacting sureties.

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction Steven M Charney
Construction Robert S Peckar
Construction/building defect Gregory H Chertoff
Construction transactional Sean P Ryan
Construction transactional Craig A Landy
Corporate compliance and integrity counsel Thomas J Curran
Corporate compliance and integrity counsel Edward O Pacer
Corporate Stephen P Katz
Commercial litigation Stephen H Reisman
Commercial litigation Michael S Zicherman
Dispute resolution Adrian L Bastianelli, III
Dispute resolution George C Baldwin
Employment and employment practices Jeffrey M Daitz
Employment and employment practices Eric M Gruzen
Energy and defense Ronald H Uscher
Environment David J Scriven-Young
Government contracts Patrick J Greene, Jr
Government contracts Lori Ann Lange
Internal investigations Thomas J Curran
Labor Gregory R Begg
Labor Aaron C Schlesinger
Latin America/international Jerry P Brodsky
Latin America/international Robert S Peckar
Power facilities Michael A Branca
Public-private partnerships Frank M Rapoport
Public-private partnerships Jerry P Brodsky
Real estate Craig D Spector
Real estate Abby Weiner
Surety Michael C Zisa
Surety James L Deem
Number of Partners : 61
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 40
Total Staff : 199
Chairman : Steven M Charney (
Founding Partner : Robert S Peckar (
Vice Chairman : Stephen H Reisman (
Other Offices : Austin
Other Offices : Chicago
Other Offices : Dallas
Other Offices : Devon
Other Offices : Houston
Other Offices : Los Angeles
Other Offices : Miami
Other Offices : Oakland
Other Offices : River Edge
Other Offices : Washington, DC