John Caravella

John Caravella

The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C.

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John Caravella

The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C.

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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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A recent ruling issued by the Supreme Court, County of Nassau, serves as a reminder to New York contractors performing residential work of the importance and necessity in having a home improvement license if you need legal action to pursue payment on the project.

A ruling by the Supreme Court reminds New York contractors of the importance of having a home improvement license should they need legal action.
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Construction, in particular, adapts and responds to changes as a regular course of business. From changes in codes, regulations, and client preferences, staying abreast of the trends influencing the industry is essential for those who hope to earn their living from it. Networking has always been an important function for anyone running a business. Whether it be the old fashioned handshake when being introduced to someone at a networking event, or internet-based social and professional networking sites, the purpose remains the same; to meet new potential customers, build contacts that you can call on, looking to fill or find job openings, and to promote yourself.

If you are more of an in-person networking guru, industry trade shows such as ConExpo can benefit your business and vastly grow your connections.
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Construction, in particular, adapts and responds to changes as a regular course of business. From changes in codes, regulations, and client preferences, staying abreast of the trends influencing the industry is essential for those who hope to earn their living from it. Networking has always been an important function for anyone running a business.

Networking has always been an important function for anyone running a business.
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For contractors and subcontractors in New York, Mechanic’s Lien Waivers are a part of life, but the potential risks to the contractor in waiving more than intended or understanding of the terms are not always as common. Owners (and often their lender) require that the project be kept lien free through progression of the work to final completion.

For New York contractors, Mechanic’s Lien Waivers are a part of life, but owners require that the project be kept lien free until project completion.
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Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Andrew Van Dam, and was published to the Washington Post on November 11th, 2022. "D.C. reader and self-described “data nerd” Claudia Marquez sent a question so perceptive that it begged for its own column. “I have noticed more and more women working in the construction business, especially Latina women,” Marquez wrote. “Has there been a rise in women working in this industry?” - The Washington Post

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Andrew Van Dam, and was published to the Washington Post.
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Like the strings of a marionette puppet, after the completion of a New York construction project there are various legal theories that serve as ties between the builder and the owner. For the builder, the sooner these lingering ties can be removed the less exposure they face for claims of defects. For the owners, the longer they are able to establish these connections the longer they may have legal recourse against the builder for defects, should that be necessary.

New York construction projects are possible through warranties. After project completion, builders wish to cut these ties, while owners wish to extend them.
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Though the holiday season represents happiness and channeling positive energy for the New Year, unfortunate events can happen without expecting they will. Did it ever occur to you that your favorite decorations such as twinkling lights and evergreen scented candles could become dangerous? Below are five important steps to ensure your decorations are a success and not a mess. For more information about the United States Fire Administration, please click within.

id it ever occur to you that your favorite decorations such as twinkling lights and evergreen scented candles could become dangerous? Below are five important steps to ensure your decorations are a success and not a mess.
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When it comes to the holidays, we think of food, family and decorations, not necessarily holiday safety tips. Did it ever occur to you that decorations such as lights and candles could become dangerous? According to the ESFI, Electrical Safety Foundation International, damages from the holidays happen more than expected. Though holiday lights are traditional and festive, they should always be under close watch.

Learn the most important holiday safety tips reported by the ESFi as a helpful tool of what you should look out for to stay safe during the holidays.
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The “economic loss rule” is a rule that New York courts use to prevent a plaintiff from recovering against a defendant for a tort (usually negligence), when the essence of the plaintiff’s claim is for failure to live up to the terms of a contract.

The economic loss rule is used by courts to prevent a plaintiff from recovering against a defendant when his/her claim is regarding the terms of a contract.
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The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. does not own this content. This press release was created by Governor Ron DeSantis’ office, and was published on October 7th, 2022. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Recognizing the monumental effort that debris removal will be in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis is urging all companies who support debris removal, including those involved in debris hauling, monitoring and solid-waste management, to hire displaced and employment-seeking Floridians, locally. Many Floridians in Southwest Florida have had their businesses and livelihoods impacted by the storm and are looking for work – the private sector can help them get back on their feet by hiring locally for the length of recovery, which will support the local economy for at least the next six months.

Many Floridians in Southwest Florida have had their businesses and livelihoods impacted by the storm and are looking for work – the private sector can help them get back on their feet by hiring locally for the length of recovery, which will support the local economy for at least the next six months.
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In a recent client conference, I was asked, “So what is arbitration, anyhow?” In the context of a construction claim or in seeking to prevent such a claim, there are several significant advantages that arbitration can provide in lieu of litigation. In today’s challenging business environment, this signifies awareness of the various options available that could make an important impact on your business’ circumstance. Briefly stated, arbitration is a private, informal process by which all parties agree, in writing, to submit their dispute to one or more impartial persons authorized to resolve the controversy by rendering a final and binding award.[i] What makes this process unique is the ability, with some advance consideration, to customize and tailor the dispute resolution process to suit the needs of the company.

  In a recent client conference, I was asked, “So what is arbitration, anyhow?” In the context of a construction claim or in seeking to prevent such a claim, there are several significant advantages that arbitration can provide in lieu of litigation. In today’s challenging business environment, this signifies awareness of the various options available … Continue reading "5 Reasons to Consider Arbitration for Your Construction Dispute"
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The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. does not own this content. This content was created by Ashley Carter, and was published to Spectrum News 13 on April 5th, 2022. "​First announced last year on Earth Day, the plan includes the addition of two new 75 megawatt solar facilities. In an update Monday, Disney has revealed that one of the facilities will be built in Polk County and the other will be built in Gilchrist County—with construction set to begin soon." - Spectrum News 13

The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. does not own this content. This content was created by Ashley Carter, and was published to Spectrum News 13 on April 5th, 2022. 
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Are you about to start a construction project and wondering whether hiring a Construction Lawyer is a necessary expense to add to your budget? Wondering whether lawyers are recommended on large projects from start to finish or should lawyers be on the back burner until called upon? Hiring a Construction Lawyer prior to beginning a construction project may become essential to protecting your rights, assets, and property, if (or when) faced with a defective construction project, an absent construction crew, or even a non-paying property owner.

Hiring a Construction Lawyer prior to beginning a construction project may become essential to protecting your rights, assets, and property, if (or when) faced with a defective construction project, an absent construction crew, or even a non-paying property owner.
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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 May 31, 2022. The construction industry faces big challenges from increasing costs and shortages of both labor and materials as well as rising interest rates, according to the Marcum Commercial Construction Index.

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 May 31, 2022.
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As we know, many of our neighbors are currently combating the harsh realities of post-disaster re-building. From hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and tsunamis, we’ve come to know and understand the challenges that are faced when disasters like these occur. Luckily, in the United States, we have aid measures in place to help us recover from any such disaster. FEMA and the American Red Cross are two of the most common relief programs in the country.

Luckily, in the United States, we have aid measures in place to help us recover from any such disaster. FEMA and the American Red Cross are two of the most common relief programs in the country.
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When it comes to a complex construction agreement, it’s typical practice to include specific terms within the contract relating to Trust and Confidence, and Fiduciary duties. Normally, a Fiduciary takes action as a trustee within the contract or agreement and are chosen to act on behalf of their client and make decisions for them when needed. With that said, what happens if you can no longer trust your trustee?

When it comes to a complex construction agreement, it’s typical practice to include specific terms within the contract relating to Trust and Confidence.
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The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. does not own this content. This content was created by Brent Kearney, and was published to WEAR ABC 3 on September 8th, 2022. "Some homeowners wanting to buy solar panels are running into a problem buying insurance. Customers have told Channel 3 that they were either dropped or have been forced to find a new insurance company. Insurance brokers want to make sure people do their homework before committing to a solar panel investment."

The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. does not own this content. This content was created by Brent Kearney, and was published to WEAR ABC 3 on September 8th, 2022. To view the full article, please click here. 
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It is an all-too-common situation in New York: homeowners hire a home improvement contractor only to find out, after a contract dispute arises, that the contractor was unlicensed in violation of local ordinances. While court decisions in these disputes have generally gone in favor of homeowners, a body of case law suggests that the results are by no means so favorable to homeowners when arbitration awards to unlicensed home improvement contractors come up for review. In those cases, the deference of courts to the decisions of a construction litigation attorney creates tension with the public policy of protecting homeowners from unlicensed contractors.

Construction Litigation Attorney John Caravella shares insights about the pros and cons of arbitration for homeowners and windfalls for unlicensed contractors.
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When homeowners are ready to get the ball rolling with their new construction project, excitement and happy emotions usually take over when signing the construction agreement. With that said, however, there is an important relationship from start through final completion with your contractor, and significant issues could develop. When advising in breach of contract and contract termination cases, there are five examples all homeowners should look out for before pulling the trigger, that may justify your agreements termination.

There are five examples all homeowners should look out for before pulling the trigger, that may justify termination of your construction agreement.
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Though an architect is responsible for designs and drawings, they also play a part in structural safety. Whether building single-family homes or a large corporate building, a professional in the architectural industry must have the proper education and experience to practice. This article about the commissioner’s regulations in architecture was presented by John Caravella during the “Design Professionals in New York” speaking engagement produced by HalfMoon Seminars.

An architect is responsible for designs, drawings and structural safety. Learn the commissioner's new regulations in architecture.
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As we know, many of our neighbors are currently combating the harsh realities of post-disaster re-building. From hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and tsunamis, we’ve come to know and understand the challenges that are faced when disasters like these occur. Luckily, in the United States, we have aid measures in place to help us recover from any such disaster. FEMA and the American Red Cross are two of the most common relief programs in the country. However, what about your local construction attorney? Within this article, we will be discussing how FEMA, the American Red Cross, and most importantly, an attorney practicing in construction law can help you succeed, in case of circumstances beyond your control.

FEMA and the American Red Cross are two of the most common relief programs in the county.Within this article, we will be discussing how FEMA, the American Red Cross, and most importantly, an attorney practicing in construction law can help you succeed, in case of circumstances beyond your control. 
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Arbitration is an established alternative to court litigation in construction disputes. Challenging an unfavorable construction arbitration award is so difficult that homeowners may wish to give serious thought before submitting their disputes with contractors to arbitration. Courts give great deference to the decisions of arbitrators, refusing to review arbitration awards even for errors of law or fact.[1] There are few exceptions to this rule, and courts only invoke them in rare circumstances.

Learn the serious and costly pitfalls homeowners need to avoid when deciding to challenge an unfavorable construction arbitration award in New York.
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The traditional maxim of “let the buyer beware” is softened in the context of Article 36-B of the New York General Business Law, which imposes a warranty in favor of the buyers of new homes and holds construction contractors to a standard of skilled workmanship.

The traditional maxim of “let the buyer beware” is softened in the context of Article 36-B of the New York General Business Law, which imposes a warranty in favor of the buyers of new homes and holds construction contractors to a standard of skilled workmanship. Contractors, meanwhile, must be aware of the circumstances in which … Continue reading "The Implied Warranty on the Sale of New Homes: What Homeowners & Contractors Need to Know"
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Under New York construction law, much emphasis is placed on the “improvement” of real property (real estate). Indeed reference to improvements are often found in New York construction contracts, and establishing an improvement is required for a contractor to establish a valid lien on a privately owned project. But what specifically are the ins and outs?

For a party to be eligible for lien rights in New York, their labor must have improved the real property, pursuant to §3, New York Lien Law.
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