John Caravella

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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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This compliance bundle provides access to online video and audio courses which, when completed, will satisfy the entire 15 hour and 3 hour ethics CLE requirement for Texas. These courses have been approved by the State Bar of Texas for full CLE credit.

John Caravella's Law Posts

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, Understanding and Complying with Barrier-Free Requirements (Part 3).

Intended to ensure disabled persons have equal access to public accommodations and residential dwellings, respectively. Legal Issues for New York Architects
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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, Design and Construction Contract Law and Administration (Part 4).

Learn the basics of design and construction contract law and administration. Understand more about key legal issues for new york architects.
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An arbitrator has ruled in your favor. What do you do now? In a perfect world, the other side would just pay you and be done with it, but we all know that this world is less than perfect, and you may find yourself having to enforce your arbitration award. Before you can avail yourself of the enforcement techniques that are provided by New York law, you’re going to have to follow some formalities. The following elements may be necessary for have your arbitration award ‘confirmed’ and seek collections.

An arbitrator has ruled in your favor. What do you do now? In a perfect world, the other side would just pay you and be done with it, but we all know that this world is less than perfect, and you may find yourself having to enforce your arbitration award. Before you can avail yourself … Continue reading "Enforcement of New York Arbitration Awards"
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Despite much construction litigation, New York courts who govern Long Island construction law are agreed that an unlicensed home improvement contractor cannot recover against consumers. That has not, however, stopped unlicensed contractors from arguing exceptions to that rule. A recent court victory by John Caravella, Esq. confirms that courts remain unwilling to accept excuses from unlicensed contractors.

Despite much construction litigation, New York courts who govern Long Island construction law are agreed that an unlicensed home improvement contractor cannot recover against consumers.
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Have you ever hired a contractor who disappeared on you? Were you left with a half-completed home improvement project, with feelings of despair and frustration and not a clue as to what your next steps should be? You’re left with unused materials, shortage of capital, and a literal construction site in your home. Unfortunately, this happens to homeowners who hire both licensed and unlicensed contractors more often than you would think. However, there is recourse available. Below we discuss the steps that you can take and actions that you can pursue when your contractor abandoned your project before the construction is completed.

Learn the steps that you can take and actions that you can pursue when your contractor abandoned your project before the construction is completed.
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Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Governor Hochul’s Office and was published on February 25th, 2022. To view the full press release, please click here. Kathy Hochul today announced the start of construction of two resiliency projects, totaling more than $4 million in grant funding, awarded to Cayuga County through New York State’s Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI).

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Governor Hochul's Office and was published on February 25th, 2022. To view the full press release, please click here. 
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The minimum wage and overtime provisions under federal and New York law affect all employers, but contractors are further subject to an additional, unique wage scheme in the form of prevailing wages. To learn more, please download our complimentary article regarding New York Employment and Wage Law.

New York Contractors face increasing exposure to Wage and Labor Law Violations and can learn steps to increase their chances for prevailing in the event of being faced with violations through review of this article.
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Again discussing the Prompt Payment Act, but this time in the context of a subcontractor’s attempt to refer a contract dispute to binding arbitration as provided for by the Prompt Payment Act, the New York County Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the validity of alternative dispute resolution clauses in construction contracts, even where the Prompt Payment Act applies.

The Supreme Court, New York County, recently clarified the impact of contractual language specifying litigation as the forum for resolution in the subcontract, and impact of New York’s Prompt Payment, providing for arbitration of disputes where it applies. Again discussing the Prompt Payment Act, but this time in the context of a subcontractor’s attempt to … Continue reading "Subcontractor’s Arbitration Action Stayed by Supreme Court"
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Contracts commonly provide for a specific state law to apply (choice of law) or for disputes to be litigated or arbitrated in another state (forum selection). Unfortunately, out-of-state contractors often make subcontracts with New York subcontractors on New York projects subject to the laws of, and requiring disputes to be resolved in, other states, using the added expense and inconvenience as a means to dissuade subcontractors from pursuing claims.

Contracts commonly fall under a specific state law. Out-of-state contractors can make subcontracts on New York projects subject to the laws of other states.
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A surety bond is defined as a three-party agreement that legally binds together a principal who needs the bond, an obligee who requires the bond and a surety company that sells the bond.[1] The bond guarantees the principal will act in accordance with certain laws. If the principal fails to perform in this manner, the bond will cover resulting damages or losses. When is a bond such as this used?

A surety bond is defined as a three-party agreement that legally binds together a principal who needs the bond, an obligee who requires the bond and a surety company that sells the bond.
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This article was written by guest blogger Suzie Wilson. When you build a custom home you get to bring your vision to life and create the house of your dreams from the ground up. However, it takes a lot of planning and careful decision-making to build a custom home, and there are several things you’ll need to get started.

When you build a custom home you get to create the house of your dreams from the ground up. Here are several things you’ll need to get started.
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Reshare: "Nassau and Suffolk counties led the country again in declining construction employment in December, the fourth straight month that Long Island had the largest drop among 358 U.S. metro areas. The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk in December was down 5,700 jobs over the last year, a decline of 7 percent from Dec. 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The number of Long Island construction jobs dropped from 76,600 in Dec. 2020 to 70,900 in Dec. 2021." - Long Island Business News.

The number of Long Island construction jobs dropped from 76,600 in Dec. 2020 to 70,900 in Dec. 2021.
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Indemnification is an important legal concept which impacts nearly all construction contracts. It has several forms and types, but generally amounts to a contract requirement where one party party agrees to restore the other party from any losses. Where an anticipated loss should occur, the damaged party can expect reimbursement for the loss.

Indemnification is an important legal concept which impacts nearly all construction contracts. It has several forms and types, but generally amounts to a contract requirement where one party party agrees to restore the other party from any losses. Where an anticipated loss should occur, the damaged party can expect reimbursement for the loss. The use … Continue reading "Appellate Court Upholds Contractor Indemnification"
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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. This doctrine does, however, have exceptions, and it becomes tricky when applied to service contracts such as construction contracts. Nevertheless, there are circumstances when the economic loss rule might eliminate a contractor or subcontractor’s liability entirely.

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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On June 24th, 2020, Long Island Construction Attorney, John Caravella, Esq, co-presented Strafford’s AIA virtual webinar. Along with Steven Nudelman and Warren F. Jacoby, Mr. Caravella and his other co-presenters discussed the fine details of AIA Contract Documents: 2017 Modifications, Insurance and Bond Exhibit, Owner – Contractor Documents and Owner – Architect Agreements. Within this article, you will have a better understanding of the changes to an AIA Contract Document and what you, as a construction professional should know.

On June 24th, 2020, Long Island Construction Attorney, John Caravella, Esq, co-presented Stafford’s AIA virtual webinar. %
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Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Isabel Song Beer and was published to AMNY February 10th, 2022. To view the article, please click here. With the help of a new rooftop solar panel installation at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Jamaica Hills, Queens, New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and Department of Education (DOE) announced that the city has achieved a key milestone in generating solar powered clean energy.

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Isabel Song Beer and was published to AMNY February 10th, 2022. To view the article, please click here. With the help of a new rooftop solar panel installation at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Jamaica Hills, … Continue reading "“New School Solar Panel Installation Helps City Reach Clean Energy Goal” – AMNY"
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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.

John Caravella, Esq. is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect, with offices in Uniondale and Melville New York, as well as Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The Law Offices of John Caravella P.C. represents architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and project owners.
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“Completion of New Passenger Facilities Marks Major Milestone in Terminal B’s $4 Billion Transformation. All Terminal B Passengers Will Now Experience “A Whole New LaGuardia” with New Gates, Expansive Concourses, and World-Class Amenities. With Opening of Second Skybridge and Concourse, LaGuardia Becomes First Airport in the World with Dual Pedestrian Skybridges. Terminal B Internationally Recognized by UNESCO as Best New Airport in the World.” – Governor Kathy Hochul’s Office.

Terminal B Internationally Recognized by UNESCO as Best New Airport in the World. With Opening of Second Skybridge and Concourse, LaGuardia Becomes First Airport in the World with Dual Pedestrian Skybridges.
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Long Island Construction Law did not create this content. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News. "When it comes to developing anything on Long Island, it can take years from concept to completion. And when it comes to creating transformative, large-scale construction projects here, it can take a decade or even longer just to get them started. Out of the four major mixed-use developments – representing more than $7 billion – that are currently on tap for Long Island, only one is well underway." - Long Island Business News

When it comes to creating transformative, large-scale construction projects on Long Island, it can take a decade or even longer just to get them started.
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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. https://www.liconstructionlaw.com/construction-law/5-reasons/

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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Everybody loves an exciting renovation project. Whether it’s finishing floors, replacing drywall, or even as simple as painting the walls. When it comes to such projects, there will be debris left behind. Construction waste is any “trash” on a job site from leftover materials. Some of these materials could contain harmful chemicals such as lead, mercury, asbestos and even live wires and sharp, dangerous objects. Discarding and eliminating leftover construction waste properly is extremely important for your safety, and even the surrounding environment. Construction waste comes in many different forms. The most common forms are listed below.

Discarding and eliminating leftover construction waste properly is extremely important for your safety, and even the surrounding environment. Construction waste comes in many different forms. The most common forms are listed here.
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Working too quickly to meet a completion deadline, running to the opposite side of the construction site, or even failing to pay attention to safety standards can all be fatal on a construction site. It is crucial – and lifesaving – to understand and know the safety measures that you must take to protect yourself and others on any given job site. In this article, we will discuss the fundamentals of construction site safety.

Working too quickly to meet a completion deadline or failing to pay attention to safety standards can all be fatal on a construction site.
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What does Long Island construction law say about terminating construction agreements? Despite the increasingly common use of arbitration in construction agreements, the New York Supreme Court has clarified that owners cannot terminate their construction agreement and fail to follow requirements for termination without repercussions.

What does Long Island construction law say about terminating construction agreements? Learn about a recent clarification from the New York Supreme Court.
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Like contractors and material suppliers, architects and engineers are provided lien rights under New York law to secure payment for authorized professional services rendered. Although the architect or engineer has provided professional services, as compared to materials or labor, their need to comply with the same timeframes and filing requirements still apply.

Architects and engineers are provided lien rights under New York law to secure payment for authorized professional services rendered.
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Many contractors and subcontractors go about their work feeling protected from claims for damages because their agreements contain certain exclusions. Some of these agreements will even have language stating ‘Not responsible for [X, Y, and Z]’. But the ruling handed down February 14, 2012, by the Supreme Court, Nassau County serves as a reminder that contractual indemnity provisions are more of a privilege than a right, and are not subject to enforcement automatically.

Many contractors feel protected from damage claims, but a Supreme Court ruling reminds us that contractual indemnity provisions are a privilege, not a right
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