Michael C. Zisa

Michael C. Zisa: Attorney with Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation
Attorney Awards

Biography

Michael C. Zisa focuses his practice on construction, surety and government contracts law and is Chair of the Surety and Construction Related Insurance Defense Practice Group. He has successfully represented sureties, general contractors, subcontractors and owners in litigation before federal and state courts in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia as well as various contract appeals boards and in alternative dispute resolution forums. Although well-versed in the litigation process, Mr. Zisa regularly assists and counsels clients to avoid litigation when possible through planning and preemptive actions including contract review and negotiation, contract administration assistance and claim analysis and development.

Bio

Mr. Zisa represents construction clients on public and private projects with regard to a variety of matters ranging from prosecution and defense of breach of contract and request for equitable adjustment claims to payment bond, performance bond and mechanic’s lien claims. His work for surety clients includes analysis and defense of payment bond and performance bond claims, negotiation and administration of takeover arrangements and prosecution of subrogation and indemnity actions. In addition to a construction, surety and government contracts practice, Mr. Zisa represents business entities ranging from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies with regard to commercial litigation and transactional matters.

Mr. Zisa regularly speaks and writes on construction and surety issues and has been recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the areas of construction litigation, surety and government contracts since 2014.

Before joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Zisa was the managing partner of a Chambers USA ranked boutique construction litigation and surety firm. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three children.

Awards

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Surety, Construction and Government Contracts, 2014 - 2017

Publications & Presentations

A New Risk to Consider: A Surety’s Liability Under the False Claim Act, The Construction Lawyer, ABA Forum on Construction Law, Volume 38, Number 3 (Summer 2018) (co-author)

Navigating the Construction Risk Minefield: Surety, Legal and Otherwise, International Risk Management Institute’s 37th Construction Risk Conference (Winter 2017)

Performance Bonds in Virginia, Virginia Bar Association, 38th Annual Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar (Winter 2017)

Killer Contract Clauses & How to Neutralize Them, 98th Annual Associated General Contractors National Convention (Spring 2017)

Pursuit of Claims on Public Projects, HMS Insurance (Spring 2017)

Preparation of Claims Against the Federal Government - It’s Not the Same Claim You Would Submit on a Private Project, Surety Bond Quarterly (Spring 2017)

Top Ten Contract Killer Clauses & How to Neutralize Them, Associated General Contractors of America (June, 2016)

Joint Ventures in Construction, National Association of Surety Bond Producers (Spring and Fall, 2016)

Fraud: The New Mantra of Federal Contracting & How it will Affect the Surety Industry, HCC Surety Group Best Bonds on the Bayou (May, 2016)

Fraud: The New Mantra of Federal Contracting & How it will Affect the Surety Industry, National Association of Surety Bond Producers (February, 2016)

Why Bond Forms Matter...A Practical Guide to Better Bonding, ConsensusDocs (January, 2015)

Alternative Project Delivery, Alternative Risks: Are Construction Managers More at Risk?, Surety Bond Quarterly (Fall, 2015)

Mid-Project Changes in Construction Financing - Practical Consideration, National Association of Surety Bond Producers (May, 2015)

Federal Construction Contracting Seminar, National Association of Surety Bond Producers (June, 2015)

Top Ten Killer Contract Clauses, Construction Financial Management Association (Spring, 2015)

Killer Contract Clauses, ConsensusDocs Construction Law Newsletter (Summer, 2015)

Surety’s Entitlement to Contract Proceeds, HCC Surety Group (Fall, 2014)

Joint Ventures in Construction, National Association of Surety Bond Producers (Fall, 2014)

Accidental Waiver of Claims, HCC Surety Group (Fall, 2012)

Legal Implications for Building Code Violations, Lorman (Fall, 2012, 2013)

Performance Bond Surety’s Right to Complete, HCC Surety Group (Fall, 2010)

Subcontracting Issues, NECA and SMACNA Maryland Chapters (various dates, 2008-2009)

Federal Mentor-Protege Program (Winter, 2004) (co-organizer)

Opportunities for Small and Growing Businesses with the District of Columbia and Federal Government (Winter, 2003) (co-organizer)

Researching Bankruptcy Law on the Internet, The Construction Lawyer, Spring, 2002 (co-author)

The District of Columbia Practice Manual, Government Contracts Section, 11th Ed. 2002 (co-author)

News and Events

Nine Attorneys In Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, DC Office Named 2018 Super Lawyers

Navigating the Construction Risk Minefield: Surety, Legal and Otherwise

Mike Zisa Speaks at AGC of America Convention

Michael C. Zisa Authored Article in Surety Bond Quarterly

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Surety
  • Government Contracts
  • Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.293.8815  Phone
202.293.7994  Fax
www.pecklaw.com
University Attended:
Susquehanna University, B.A., 1998
Law School Attended:
Seton Hall University, School of Law, J.D., 2001
Year of First Admission:
2001
Admission:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Maryland; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia; 2001, Maryland; 2001, New Jersey; 2002, District of Columbia; 2008, Virginia; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Memberships:

Memberships

American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum, Fidelity and Surety Law section, Litigation section)

District of Columbia Bar Association (Government Contracts and Litigation section)

Virginia State Bar (Construction Law and Public Contracts section)

Maryland Bar Association

Montgomery County Maryland Bar Association

Washington Building Congress

AGC of DC

Little Flower Catholic School Fathers Club

Birth Information:
Ridgewood, New Jersey, 1975
ISLN:
916544568

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