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 33 hours of CLE credit including the required 5 hours of ethics, professionalism, substance abuse, and mental illness awareness credit, along with the required 3 Technology credits.

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Architects in New York can be found liable for damages in various situations, depending on who claims damage, and the basis of the claim itself. For example, where an owner has a direct contract with the architect, the owner could bring forth a simple claim based on the contract or a claim based on a tort action. Such a tort action, based on negligence, is a claim for malpractice. https://www.liconstructionlaw.com/construction/architect-liabilityy/#more-144

Architects in New York can be found liable for damages in various situations. We've put together the top five avenues of architect liability in New York.
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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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Just like finding a good contractor, finding truthful solar panel companies could be difficult, even in today’s age of internet resources. Though solar panels have their pros and cons, the negatives can heavily outweigh the good. Time and time again, our firm has represented homeowners in legal disputes against solar energy companies for defective work, structural damage, surrounding property damage, leaks, and mold, to name a few. Listed below are the top five cons of applying solar panels to your home. Roof Specs: Solar panels do not work for all types of roofs. Depending on the shape and size of your roof, solar panels may produce little to no energy. Also, if you have an older roof, the weight of the system could cause roof clasping, and rain leakage risks. Relocating: If you plan on moving and selling your home, you may want to avoid solar panels. Most panels are by lease and not ownership. Finding somebody to purchase your home in addition to finishing your lease agreement with a solar energy company may not be the best decision. Leasing vs. Ownership: If a residential solar energy company does not provide leasing, purchasing solar panels upfront, or even taking out an additional loan could be very costly. The average one solar panel could cost up to $3,000.00 Reputable Companies: Finding a reputable company and receiving a reasonable quote could be challenging. Always make sure you find a certified, established business. Property Damage: If a solar contractor is not certified or inexperienced, this could lead to severe roof damage, which could cost you time, additional costs, and higher homeowner insurance premiums.

When considering putting solar panels on your home, it is important to consider the pros and cons. If damage occurs due to solar panels, there are options for legal disputes in solar energy.
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"The number of construction jobs last month in Nassau and Suffolk was down 6,300 jobs over the last year, a decline of 8 percent from Nov. 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The number of Long Island construction jobs dropped from 78,700 in Nov. 2020 to 72,400 in Nov. 2021." - Long Island Business News

An LIBN Article: Nassau and Suffolk counties led the country in declining construction employment in November, the third straight month that Long Island had the largest drop among 358 U.S. metro areas. 
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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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"The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that nearly $1.3 million is available to support data collection in the New York Bight wind energy areas to reduce environmental risks and inform planning for future development." - Long Island Business News https://www.liconstructionlaw.com/construction/windy/

The region’s offshore wind power capacity will be expanding in the New York Bight, a large triangular-shaped area of the water that stretches from Cape May, N.J. to Montauk Point, where leases are being auctioned. 
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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 visit 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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Given the large number and variety of documents required to administer a construction project today (plans, specifications, contracts, etc.), the likelihood of discrepancies arising between these different sources is almost unavoidable. Do you know how these documents rate in terms of their authority?

Given the large number and variety of documents required to administer a construction project today (plans, specifications, contracts, etc.), the likelihood of discrepancies arising between these different sources is almost unavoidable.
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“The $9.5 billion project will be built in phases and will create more than 10,000 jobs, becoming the fourth major terminal project announced by the Port Authority as part of a complete transformation of JFK into a world-class airport worthy of New York and the region.” – Governor’s Press Office

The $9.5 billion project will be built in phases and will create more than 10,000 jobs, becoming the fourth major terminal project announced by the Port Authority.
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When it comes to subcontractor agreements, there are numerous types of agreements that might be used and the fine print in these agreements can be crucial. Some documents, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 401 and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Form 640 serve as standard forms of agreement.

There are many potential subcontractor agreements. These general provisions should be included in most subcontracts to avoid confusion & litigation.
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During any home renovation project, care should be taken to protect the home’s residents from any toxic substances that might be removed or installed. Lead, asbestos and other harmful substances lurk in many homes and could cause serious health problems if disturbed. Here’s a look at some of the most common hazardous chemicals homeowners are faced with during remodeling and what can be done to reduce those risks.

Lead, asbestos and other harmful substances could cause serious health problems. Here are some of the most common toxic chemicals and how to reduce risk.
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New and expanded soundstages across the city will help reshape neighborhoods and turn New York into a Hollywood of the east. The long lists of shows displayed on streaming sites, which seem to grow exponentially by the day, serve to tell you what’s on. But in New York City, they also might reveal a bit about the future of your block. Many of the studios that produced the television series, which have turned New York into a small-screen production hub, are now planning to open new facilities or expand what’s already here, some in parts of the city that have been unfamiliar with such large-scale investment. - C.J. Hughes, New York Times.

New and expanded soundstages across the city will help reshape neighborhoods and turn New York into a Hollywood of the east.
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It’s one thing to say what you want in your construction project, but it is another thing to properly document your dream design on paper in the form of legitimate construction plans. Within this article, you will have a better understanding of what is included in detailed construction plans, as well as the understanding of common symbols used in the architectural industry. Whether you are a project owner or contractor, always remember your construction drawings take precedence over performance specifications in the state of New York. https://www.liconstructionlaw.com/construction/construction-plans-and-architectural-designss/

Learn what is included in detailed construction plans, as well as the understanding of common symbols used in the architectural industry.
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A few years back, a 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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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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“Nassau and Suffolk counties led the country in declining construction employment in September. The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk was down 6,000 jobs over the last year, a decline of 8 percent from Sept. 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The number of Long Island construction jobs dropped from 78,200 in Sept. 2020 to 72,200 in Sept. 2021.” – Long Island Business News

The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk was down 6,000 jobs over the last year, a decline of 8 percent from Sept. 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
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Are contractors responsible for the impacts of their work on neighboring residents? Oftentimes, they are. This is especially true in densely populated urban areas where literally hundreds of people could be affected by a project only fifty feet away. Some of the principles in these cases are outlined below. Excavation activities are often the cause of damage to neighboring structures. New York courts have recognized this principle since the matter of Knapp v. Cirillo (1954). In this case, it was held that those who excavate upon their own land are not responsible for damage to structures located on neighboring properties, so long as the excavations are done with ordinary care.

Contractors are often responsible for the impacts of their work on neighboring structures or residents. This is especially true in highly populated areas.
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Governor Kathy Hochul today joined the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to take a special Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) test train to Grand Central Terminal and gave the public one of the first-ever looks at the new 350,000-square-foot East Side Access passenger terminal there. This is the largest new train terminal to be built in the United States since the 1950s and the first expansion of the LIRR in more than 100 years. Together with the LIRR third track project, the new connection will add 50 percent to the LIRR’s capacity into Manhattan with up to 24 trains per hour and cut travel time for Queens and Long Island commuters traveling to the east side by 40 minutes per day. It will also reduce crowding on commuter rail, at Penn Station and on the subway by dispersing commuters and allowing passengers to go directly to Grand Central Terminal from destinations across Queens and Long Island. The new commuter rail route and concourse officially open in December 2022.

The new commuter rail route and concourse officially open in December 2022.
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Is the prompt payment act at odds with public policy? In both general litigation and construction litigation, courts generally give parties great freedom to contract. Thus, New York’s policy is to enforce arbitration agreements in construction contracts.[i] Conversely, New York courts do not usually force parties into arbitration unless their contract expressly requires it.[ii]

The Prompt Payment Act provides for unpaid contractors or subcontractors to commence expedited arbitration to resolve payment disputes. Learn more here.
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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. The Lien Law defines improvement as “the demolition, erection, alteration or repair of any structure upon, connected with, or beneath the surface of, any real property and any work done upon such property or materials furnished for its permanent improvement.”[i] (emphasis added).

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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When it comes to construction contracts, arbitration and mediation (Alternate Dispute Resolution) are both commonly specified for out of court dispute resolution. The use of mediation and arbitration in construction contracts, both for small and large construction, has been increasingly common over the past decade.

 The use of mediation and arbitration in construction contracts, both for small and large construction, has been increasingly common over the past decade.
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Traditionally, New York Construction Law sets separate rules of engagement for public projects (where the owner is a public entity) and those that are private construction projects (where the owner is a private individual or corporation). Given these two distinct camps, it has been easy to classify a project as either a public project or a private one. For contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, knowing which rules of engagement pertain to them is essential to avoid making costly mistakes.

Private and public construction is subject to 'hybridization'; whether the project is federal, state, or private has become a complex legal quandary.
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On October 17th, John Caravella was invited to speak at the AIA Contract Documents Workshop where he was able to share his knowledge about Construction Contract Interpretation and Fundamentals. In this specific article, we discuss the document types between different parties, to ensure the correct contract is being utilized for your specific type of work.

John Caravella was invited to speak at the AIA Contract Documents Workshop where he shared his knowledge about Construction Contract Interpretation.
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