John Caravella

John Caravella - The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C.



John Caravella
The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C.
626 RexCorp Plaza, 6th Fl, West Tower
Uniondale, NY 11556

516-462-7051

   

John Caravella
The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C.

Attorney Profile
Law School

Nova Southeastern University
1997 - 2000

Website

http://liconstructionlaw.com

516-462-7051


JOHN CARAVELLA, ESQ

 

As a dedicated and experienced Construction Law Attorney, I help Homeowners, Contractors, and Design Professionals with their legal needs in construction litigation and arbitration.

The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C., practices primarily in Construction Litigation, Supplier Disputes, Construction Contract Claims, Construction Defects, Construction Disputes, Labor Laws, House Lifting Cases, Real Estate Services, Construction Arbitration and Construction Contract Advising.

Based in Long Island, our firm has three offices in Uniondale, Melville, and Ft Lauderdale, FL.

We have a singular focus on construction law and place an emphasis on communication with our clients to better understand their needs. Clients can expect honesty and trust from every member of our team. It’s this trust and confidence from clients, that always comes first. This serves as a foundational principle for the firm, acting as a driving force for growth since our establishment in 2008.

I developed a passion early on for architecture. As a high school student, I was driven to learn and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, my father, and my whole family. My dedication to education and hard work led to a successful career in the field, giving me invaluable experience and skills that serve as not only a unique differentiator, but also as a scaffolding for success in the construction industry.

I’ve been committed to excellence in construction law for two decades.

Credentials & Experience includes:

American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel of Neutrals, Nassau County Bar Association Arbitration and Mediation Panel, as well as the Eastern District of New York Hurricane Sandy ADR panels. I’m also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association Construction Law Committee.

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I maintain an “open door” office policy and always provide free, no-obligation telephone consultations.

> Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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John Caravella's Law Posts

"The month that includes Earth Day is a perfect time to check in regarding alternative energy in New York State such as wind and solar. We talked with Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, a not-for-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy systems, about goals, accomplishments, and what’s getting done for wind and sun." - Long Island Business News https://www.liconstructionlaw.com/construction/head-of-renewable-energy-long-island-talks-offshore-wind-industry-on-the-horizon-a-long-island-press-article-a/#more-11942

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Claude Solnik and was published to the Long Island Press on April 11th, 2022. To view the full article, please click here. 
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Changes are an unavoidable aspect of construction. Although thorough effort and coordination are required in preparing the original project contract, specifications and construction drawings, there will still be changes. This is why owners are provided the right to make changes to the work under a typical contract changes clause.

Changes are an unavoidable aspect of construction. Although thorough effort and coordination may be attempted, there will still be changes and disputes that follow. This is why understanding the limits to change orders under New York law in this article is essential.
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Time and time again, homeowners are so excited about a new construction project, they go into the project blindly, forgetting to ask basic questions which can make or break their relationship with a contractor or architect. Before starting any type of construction project, it’s wise to ask these ten most-forgotten questions to ensure your construction project is timely, organized, and protected.

Time and time again, homeowners are so excited about a new construction project, they go into the project blindly, forgetting to ask basic questions which can make or break their relationship with a contractor or architect.
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What do you need a building permit for? This is one of the most common questions regarding construction. Building permits are both important and necessary and the failure to obtain one can cause major obstacles down the road. Building permits are needed whenever a homeowner is altering or expanding their current home, installing a swimming pool, deck, shed or more. Building permits are more important than you think, and here’s why.

Building permits are needed whenever a homeowner is altering or expanding their current home, installing a swimming pool, deck or shed. They are more important than you think, and this article explains why.
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One of the most common causes of home elevation is extreme weathering and flooding. In general, there are two options when deciding to elevate your home. The homeowner can physically lift the home, building a new foundation at the bottom, or leaving the home as is, but just building a “livable space” upper level, alternatively converting the ground level to a complete closure.

Learn the pros and cons when deciding to elevate your home and meet a construction attorney who can help with the legalities of home elevation on Long Island and New York.
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Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Peggy Keane and was published to the Long Island Business News on April 6th, 2022 "At its most basic level, construction is about taking an idea and bringing it to life in the real world. Knowing that I took a concept and gave it form has always been one the most rewarding aspects of the roles I have had." - Long Island Business News #womenbusinessleaders #constructionnews #longisland

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Peggy Keane and was published to the Long Island Business News on April 6th, 2022
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To minimize potential legal problems when planning construction, whether the project is a large commercial project, a new residence, or even a renovation to an existing structure, care must be taken to have essential terms included in the contract.

To minimize legal problems when planning construction projects, care must be taken to have essential terms included in the construction contract.
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One topic that came up in my practice recently was a contractor’s potential exposure to liability for punitive damages under New York law. As the name suggests, punitive damages are awarded above and beyond their contract or property damages, ‘where the wrong done was aggravated by circumstances of violence, oppression, malice, fraud, … on the part of the defendant, and are intended to address the plaintiff’s mental anguish or other aggravation, to punish the defendant for its behavior.’ Black’s Law Dictionary 390 (6th Ed. 1991).

One topic that came up in my practice recently was a contractor’s potential exposure to liability for punitive damages under New York law. As the name suggests, punitive damages are awarded above and beyond their contract or property damages, ‘where the wrong done was aggravated by circumstances of violence, oppression, malice, fraud, … on the … Continue reading "Punitive Damages Claims in New York Construction Contract Disputes"
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This is a continuing article series regarding Construction Law: An Overview for Homeowners. These include four different topics, Pre-Construction (Part 1), During Construction (Part 2), Post-Construction (Part 3) and Construction Conclusion (Part 4). Each series of topics discuss informative summaries of what happens within each construction phase.

During construction the importance of contract negotiation cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to construction law. Learn success tips here.
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"The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a federal plan that would restrict smokestack emissions from power plants and other industrial sources that burden downwind areas with smog-causing pollution they can’t control." - The Long Island Business News

The plan announced Friday is intended to help more than two dozen states meet “good neighbor” obligations under the federal Clean Air Act.
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Throughout time, circumstances arise where a homeowner feels the need to breach their contract by refusing to pay their contractor or architect for services that were already performed and/or provided. For example, perhaps a homeowner feels that the contractor’s work is not what was agreed upon or is subpar, or maybe even because the project took longer than expected to complete, so in turn, the homeowner may decide to refuse to pay the contractor for work already performed or even dispute the previously charged credit card transaction. This raises the age-old question: Is the customer truly, always right?

 The client, who paid all invoices on time via credit card, decided that the project was taking longer than expected and felt entitled enough to dispute the past invoice charges that were already processed.
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John Caravella’s Article on Affirmative Action for Contractors to be Featured in Nassau County Bar Association’s “The Nassau Lawyer” Publication. In January 2021, The Nassau Lawyer will publish an article written by Mr. Caravella, regarding protected classes and anti-discrimination laws within New York State. Business Owners and Contractors are encouraged to stay informed of these issues and reform efforts.

The Nassau Lawyer will publish an article written by Mr. Caravella, in regard to protected classes and anti discrimination laws within New York State.
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Whenever we hear the terms Usury and Racketeering, we think of two things, organized crime, and the RICO Act. But did you know that these two terms are very common within the New York Construction industry? Whether you are a homeowner, a contractor or a commercial business owner, usury and racketeering come in many different shapes and sizes. What are the types of Construction Usury, and how can we protect ourselves?

Whether you are a homeowner, a contractor or a commercial business owner, usury and racketeering in construction come in many different shapes and sizes.
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"By next year, the Medford community will no longer have to travel to Main Street in Patchogue to borrow books. The Patchogue-Medford Library hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday morning at the Medford Athletic Complex, which will give rise to the library’s forthcoming Medford library annex building." - Greater Long Island Magazine

Long Island Business Law does not own this content. This content was created by Nicholas Grasso, and was published to Greater Long Island on April 10, 2022. To view the full article, please click here.
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When you are working on a renovation project or building a home from the ground up, it is not just one person pulling the strings and leading the operation, learn the architectural hierarchy. Behind every architectural firm is a small army of individuals with specific roles and responsibilities to make your dream a reality. Within this article, we will share the chain of command within an architectural firm. To learn what you should be looking for when hiring such architects, please review our blog posting titled “Considerations When Hiring an Architect” within.

Learn Architectural Hierarchy 101, the chain of command within an architectural firm. Learn what you should be looking for when hiring such architects.
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This is a continuing article series regarding Construction Law: An Overview for Homeowners. These include four different topics, Pre-Construction (Part 1), During Construction (Part 2), Post-Construction (Part 3) and Construction Conclusion (Part 4). Each series of topics discuss informative summaries of what happens within each construction phase.

Learn issues faced by homeowners at each stage of a construction project, with tips that may help homeowners avoid common pitfalls with construction law.
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This is a continuing article series regarding Legal Issues for New York Architects. Originally presented by John Caravella, of the Law Offices of John Caravella, and Kimberly A. Steele of The Steele Law Firm and produced by HalfMoon Education Seminars, this presentation touches on the following topics, Complying with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture (Part 1), Complying with New York Rules on Unprofessional Conduct (Part 2), Understanding and Complying with Barrier-Free Requirements (Part 3), Design and Construction Contract Law and Administration (Part 4), Understanding and Complying with the law on Design Professional Service Corporations (Part 5) and Building Code Updates (Part 6). Each series of topics discuss informative summaries of Legal Issues for New York Architects.

NY Business Corporation Law Section 1503 was amended. Learn to understand and comply with the Law on Design Professional Service Corporations.
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This is a continuing article series regarding Legal Issues for New York Architects. Originally presented by John Caravella, of the Law Offices of John Caravella, and Kimberly A. Steele of The Steele Law Firm and produced by HalfMoon Education Seminars, this presentation touches on the following topics, Complying with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture (Part 1), Complying with New York Rules on Unprofessional Conduct (Part 2), Understanding and Complying with Barrier-Free Requirements (Part 3), Design and Construction Contract Law and Administration (Part 4), Understanding and Complying with the law on Design Professional Service Corporations (Part 5) and Building Code Updates (Part 6). Each series of topics discuss informative summaries of Legal Issues for New York Architects.

Learn about the new NYC building code provisions and what it means to your business. Understand and comply with the most recent changes in the law.
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Whether you are planning on renovating your commercial property, residential property, or even investment property, hiring an architect is a step in the right direction. Many clients think architects have one responsibility – to draw up plans and blueprints. However, this could not be farther than the truth. Architects take on many different tasks and procedures beyond the scope of creating plans and blueprints. Keep reading to find out alternative duties that an architect may be tasked with.

Many clients think architects have one responsibility – to draw up plans and blueprints.  However, this could not be farther than the truth.  Architects take on many different tasks and procedures beyond the scope of creating plans and blueprints.
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Law has an impact on almost all aspects of life, from personal injury, family disputes, and real estate. Construction Law in particular has a far-reaching effect on many people’s lives without them even realizing. To begin with, Construction Law is made up of a broad subset of legal fields, including areas such as contract law, real estate law, administrative law, environmental law, regulatory, and insurance. Construction Law is a segment of law that works with specific industries such as construction, architecture, engineering, and more. Under the construction law umbrella, many construction issues consist of contract creation and negotiation, sureties and bonds, construction claims and defects, employment laws, and even business tune-ups. Within this article, we will specify the areas that are most common in the construction law segment, along with special areas you might not have thought of.

Law has an impact on almost all aspects of life, from personal injury, family disputes, and real estate.  Construction Law in particular has a far-reaching effect.
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As a homeowner, did you ever wonder what was in a Construction Contract? Did you ever question what it was for, what it protected, or even who it protected? When it comes to home and commercial renovations, a homeowner may decide that receiving a signed construction contract is not necessary, perhaps because the size of the project is on the smaller side – however, this may be a decision that they soon regret.

As a homeowner, did you ever wonder what was in a Construction Contract? Did you ever question what it was for, what it protected, or even who it protected?
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Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This article snippet was written by Shayne Benowitz and was published to the New York Post on December 17, 2020. Talk to anyone who lives on Central Park North in South Harlem and they’ll crow about their views, unattainable from any other vantage point in the city. Residents of the boulevard (also known as West 110th St.) enjoy sweeping panoramas of the park and the Manhattan skyline.

Talk to anyone who lives on Central Park North in South Harlem and they’ll crow about their views, unattainable from any other vantage point in the city. Residents of the boulevard (also known as West 110th St.) enjoy sweeping panoramas of the park and the Manhattan skyline.
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Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by David Winzelberg and was published to the Long Island Business News on March 17, 2022. "Nassau and Suffolk counties added construction jobs from Jan. 2021 to Jan. 2022, reversing four straight months of year-over-year declines. From September 2021 to December 2021, Long Island had the largest drop in construction employment among 358 U.S. metro areas, according to a report from the Associated General Contractors of America."

Between Jan. 2021 and Jan. 2022, construction employment rose in 261 metro areas, declined in 58 metro areas and remained flat in 39 areas, according to the AGCA report. 
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This is a continuing article series regarding Legal Issues for New York Architects. Originally presented by John Caravella, of the Law Offices of John Caravella, and Kimberly A. Steele of The Steele Law Firm and produced by HalfMoon Education Seminars, this presentation touches on the following topics, Complying with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture (Part 1).

Learn how to comply with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture. Legal Issues for New York Architects explained in plain English.
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This is a continuing article series regarding Legal Issues for New York Architects. Originally presented by John Caravella, of the Law Offices of John Caravella, and Kimberly A. Steele of The Steele Law Firm and produced by HalfMoon Education Seminars, this presentation touches on the following topics, Complying with New York Rules on Unprofessional Conduct (Part 2).

Learn how to comply with New York Rules on Unprofessional Conduct. Legal Issues for New York Architects in plain English.
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