Mr. Michael A. Branca, Peckar & Abramson / Washington, DC
Michael A. Branca focuses his practice on construction and government contract law. His practice includes the representation of general and prime contractors, construction managers, and other members of the construction and government contract industries. Mr. Branca has provided a wide range of services to his clients, including the review and negotiation of contract documents, contract administration support and guidance, and the preparation and litigation of bid protests and claims. He defends and counsels contractors with respect to claims and allegations of violations of the federal and state False Claims Acts, and also counsels clients on corporate compliance matters and conducts internal investigations regarding allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse. Mr. Branca has represented his clients in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts throughout the country, arbitration tribunals, and administrative boards.
Mr. Branca has been involved with a wide variety of projects, both public and private. In the public arena, he 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, he has extensive experience providing counsel, arbitrating, and litigating substantial claims on power generation facilities, including nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, and solar.
Mr. Branca 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. In 2007, he was noted as having “a niche specialty relating to federal acquisition regulations.” One client reported that Mr. Branca 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.”
Mr. Branca is an officer and member of the Board of Governors of the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section of the Virginia State Bar. He is also the Associate Editor of the Construction Lawyer, the flagship publication of ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.
Jesse S. Keene, Peckar & Abramson / Washington, DC
Recently selected for inclusion on Super Lawyers’ list of Rising Stars, Jesse S. Keene is an experienced litigator focusing on construction, government contracts, and commercial law. A senior associate in Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, D.C. office, he has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, administrative boards, and arbitral panels.
Mr. Keene counsels clients on a variety of matters including contract negotiation, breach of contract claims, requests for equitable adjustment, bid protests, mechanics’ liens, payment and performance bond claims, commercial disputes, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes.
Throughout his career, Mr. Keene has represented all actors throughout the construction industry including architects, owners, general and subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties. Although prepared to litigate if necessary, he prefers to help his clients achieve their business goals without resort to court.
Mr. Keene earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Washington State University, where he was elected student body president and represented 17,000 undergraduate students from four statewide campuses before the state legislature, legislative committees on higher education, and the University Board of Regents and Administration. He later attended the Gonzaga University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor and served on the Gonzaga Law Review editorial board.
After practicing construction and commercial litigation in Washington State for several years, Mr. Keene moved across the country to pursue a Masters of Law degree (LL.M) at The George Washington University Law School. Published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, his thesis was recently cited in briefing before the United States Supreme Court.