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Steven M. Charney

ACE Legal Counsel
Chairman, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Steven M. Charney is the Chairman of the firm and is regarded as one of the foremost construction lawyers in the United States of America. Mr. Charney’s practice includes the ongoing representation of contractors that are among the top ten as reported by Engineering News Record. Mr. Charney’s background couples extensive academic and hands on experience in the construction industry with decades of experience in litigating for and providing legal counsel to contractors and developers.

In view of his accomplishments, Mr. Charney has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA, as a leading attorney in the field of Construction Law in New York. He has also been repeatedly named to Who’s Who of International Construction Lawyers, selected for inclusion in the publication Best Lawyers in America, and listed in New York Magazine, as a top construction attorney in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Mr. Charney is also a fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers.

Mr. Charney’s industry experience includes positions with both local and national construction contractors. Before joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Charney served as Eastern Division Counsel for Turner Construction Company. Mr. Charney was employed by Turner Construction Company for nearly a decade, prior to entering private legal practice, and served in a number of operations related roles, including field superintendent, cost and scheduling engineer, and manager of litigation and claims, before serving as counsel.

Mr. Charney is a member of Associated General Contractors of America and serves on both the Contract Documents and Risk Management Committees of this leading national organization. He has often published commentary regarding issues applicable to the construction and development industries, including commentary in New York Construction. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and served on the Construction Law Subcommittee of that association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Charney is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Charney also led the industry in co-chairing and serving as principle draftsman of the first standard industry contract document for “Green” construction, having done so on behalf of both ConsensusDOCS and the Associated General Contractors of America committees on these issues.

Mr. Charney is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, where he attended as an evening student while working fulltime in the construction industry. In 1983, Mr. Charney received a Master of Science degree in construction management from the School of Civil Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (where he also studied as an evening student while working full-time in the construction industry). Mr. Charney also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Syracuse University, with a minor in construction technologies.