Michael Branca > Peckar & Abramson, P.C. > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
2055 L. STREET, N.W. SUITE 750
United States


Michael A. Branca is co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, D.C. office and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He focuses his practice on construction and government contract law. Mike routinely represents general and prime contractors, construction managers, and other members of the construction and government contract industries. Given his depth of experience, he is able to provide an impressive range of services to his clients, including the review and negotiation of contract documents, prosecution of bid protests, project counsel support and guidance, and the preparation and litigation of claims.

Mike has been involved with a wide variety of projects, both public and private. In the public arena, Mike has provided counsel on high profile federal health care facilities, courthouses, and military construction projects, civil works to include dam construction and remediation, rail, bridge and highway projects, and solar power facilities. In the private sector, in addition to all manner of general building projects, Mike has extensive experience providing counsel, arbitrating and litigating substantial claims on power generation facilities, including nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, and solar.

Mike was elected a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers in 2019. Mike has been recognized since 2007 as one of the leading lawyers in the field of Construction Law by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mike has been noted by one Chambers source as having “a niche specialty relating to federal acquisition regulations.” One client reported that Mike was “very knowledgeable in how federal law applies to federal projects” and was “deemed to be a go-to lawyer for projects that involve the Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.” Mike has been recognized by BTI to its 2016 list of Client Service All-Stars.

Mike is the immediate past editor of the Construction Lawyer, the flagship publication of ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. Mike is also a past chair of the Board of Governors of the Construction and Public Contract Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.


American Bar Association (Forum on Construction Law)

Virginia State Bar (Board of Governors, Construction and Public Contract Law Section)

American Road and Transportation Builders Association

Washington Building Congress

Association of General Contractors (Virginia Chapter)


University of Virginia, B.A

Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, J.D, with distinction

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

(Leading lawyers)

Michael BrancaPeckar & Abramson, P.C.

After adding an office in Boston in September 2021, specialist construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. now fields lawyers across 11 locations in the US. Thanks to a ‘deep bench and wide variety of expertise‘ the firm remains a go-to choice for general contractors, construction managers, EPC contractors and owners in an array of projects domestically and around the world. Chair of the firm Steven Charney has recently been active in high-profile disputes, as well as advising the Building Trades Employers Association of New York (BTEA). He works from the New York office, alongside founding partner Robert PeckarGregory Chertoff, whose practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation; and ‘strong senior partnerPaul Monte whose broad experience includes prosecuting and defending complex delay and cost overrun claims, multi-district litigation and transactional services to contractors on major infrastructure projects. Managing partner of the Washington DC office Michael Branca focuses his practice on construction and government contract law, while in Los Angeles Ronald Helmuth has over 20 years’ experience of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. River Edge, New Jersey, where the firm was founded, remains a key office, contacts to note include Michael Zicherman and Denis Serkin. Miami is also a strong base, with director of the Latin America practice Jerry Brodsky, litigator Melinda Gentile and up-and-coming partner Adam Handfinger.