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



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


John Caravella's Law Posts

Can homeowners be held responsible for injuries that may occur to contractors while work is being done on their property? Many homeowners love new home face-lifts, but did they ever think what a dangerous home improvement job consisted of? Well, what happens if a contractor is injured while working? Who is responsible for their medical costs?

Can homeowners be held responsible for contractor injuries that occur while work is being done on their property? Who is responsible for medical bills?
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Defective construction exists throughout all construction projects, and it is likely no construction project is ever completed perfectly. In New York construction, however, perfection is not the legal standard work is required to achieve. Issues relating to defective construction make for complex litigation and arbitrations, and correcting defective construction can come with a large price tag.

No construction project is ever completed perfectly - most projects have to deal with defective construction. Luckily, this is not the legal standard.
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John Caravella, Esq. of The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. was one of three presenters at the Nassau County Bar Association Construction Law Committee’s seminar, in its series of presentations addressing issues in the field of Construction Law. To learn more about Construction Contract Claims, please visit our website today.

John Caravella, Esq. will be a presenter at the Nassau County Bar Assoc. Construction Law Committee's seminar, next in its series of presentations.
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More than 300 city construction sites have been shut down this month because building inspectors found glaring safety violations, the Daily News has learned. The 322 sites, more than a third of which were in Brooklyn, were shuttered during a massive zero-tolerance safety sweep conducted by the Department of Buildings designed to tamp down on construction deaths in the city. Seven hardhats have died in construction-related accidents so far this year, including three in May alone, Buildings officials said.

More than 300 city construction sites have been shut down this month because building inspectors found glaring safety violations, the Daily News has learned.
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Days ahead of planned construction on a monument in Battery Park City to honor essential workers who served on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, protesters stood outside the site calling for a stop to the project. Demonstrators gathered Saturday near the construction site in hopes of saving the green space before it’s replaced with the Circle of Heroes. The group says there have been no public meetings or hearings about plans for the monument, which will call for chopping down trees and replacing grass with concrete.

Days ahead of planned construction on a monument in Battery Park City to honor essential workers who served on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Home construction in the U.S. jumped 6.3% in June, another big swing in a volatile year. The rise in June put home construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.64 million units, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Home construction in the U.S. jumped 6.3% in June, another big swing in a volatile year. The rise in June put home construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.64 million units, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.
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Construction is now fully complete on Skyline Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Long Island City and all of Queens. Addressed as 23-15 44th Drive, the 68-story, 778-foot-tall edifice is designed by Hill West Architects and developed by United Construction & Development Group, FSA Capital, and Risland US Holdings LLC. Yielding 802 residences designed by Whitehall Interiors and marketed by Modern Spaces, residences range in price from $500,000 to $4 million. The site is located at the corner of 23rd Street to the west and 44th Drive to the south.

Construction is now fully complete on Skyline Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Long Island City and all of Queens.
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New York construction law allows for the pursuit and collection of damages for delay, depending on the underlying project facts and contract terms. Where these delay claims are available, courts in New York recognize 7 major categories of delay, which may establish claims for compensation.

New York construction law allows for the pursuit and collection of damages for delay; NY courts recognize 7 major categories of delay claims.
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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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For New York Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors, exposure to liability on their completed projects may extend long beyond the completion of the project itself. Exactly how long design professionals can be ‘on the hook’ for claims has been a bit of a moving target in New York, with changes and proposed additional changes to this time frame.

For New York Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors, exposure to liability on completed projects may extend long beyond the completion of the project.
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Much construction litigation arises from disputes over Scaffold Law liability. Simply, the Scaffold Law makes certain contractors and project owners liable for injuries to workers on construction sites. The Scaffold Law has been criticized for the burdens it imposes on contractors and owners and for allowing workers to collect even if they have ignored safety rules.

Much construction litigation arises from disputes over Scaffold Law liability. Simply, the Scaffold Law makes certain contractors and project owners liable for injuries to workers on construction sites.
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The adage that you can not get blood from a stone may have its place in the rationale of New York Lien Law. Not that you will find this term included in any of the sections of the law, but this concept of reality is reflected in the hierarchy, structure, and availability of funds in the occurrence of a construction dispute.

The adage that you can not get blood from a stone may have its place in the rationale of New York Lien Law. Not that you will find this term included in any of the sections of the law, but this concept of reality is reflected in the hierarchy, structure, and availability of funds in … Continue reading "Subcontractor Challenges under the New York Lien Law"
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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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We all enjoy a warm weathered weekend with friends and family. In most cases, the only concern at barbecues is if the sun is going to stay out all day. But did you ever consider other concerns such as property safety and liability during the dog days of Summer? According to the National Fire Prevention Association, house fires due to barbecuing, holiday decorations and fireworks are more common then we think.

House fires due to barbecuing, holiday decorations and fireworks are more common than you think when it comes to property damage liability.
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(Reshare) Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by ConstructionDive and was published on June 3rd, 2021.

These safety efforts spearheaded led to a 34% decrease in injuries on building construction sites in New York City from 2018 to 2020, the department said.
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LI Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Iohud, and was published on June 7, 2021. To grasp just how untenable New York’s housing situation truly is, consider this statistic: A recent survey found a stunning 40% of adults in the Empire State find it difficult to pay normal household expenses, among the highest percentage reported across the nation.

To grasp just how untenable New York’s housing situation truly is, consider this statistic: A recent survey found a stunning 40% of adults in the Empire State find it difficult to pay normal household expenses, among the highest percentage reported across the nation.
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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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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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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. However, the ability for owner requested changes, even if provided in the contract, are not without limitations, restrictions, and consequences. After all, what purpose would any of the project documents, contracts and drawings serve if they were subject to constant change? What good would the contract serve if the owner could make any change(s) without consequence?

Owner-requested changes are not without limitations. After all, what purpose would the project contracts serve if they were subject to constant change?
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U.S. construction spending rose a modest 0.2% in April as strength in housing offset further weakness in nonresidential construction. The April increase followed a much stronger 1% gain in March which was revised up from an initial estimate of a slight 0.2% advance. The April increase pushed construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.52 trillion in April, 9.8% higher than a year ago, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by the Associated Press and was published to the Long Island Business News on June 1, 2021. U.S. construction spending rose a modest 0.2% in April as strength in housing offset further weakness in nonresidential construction. The April increase followed a much … Continue reading "Construction Spending Posts Modest 0.2% Gain in April"
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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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The COVID-19 pandemic put many businesses in a Catch-22: they may want to postpone equipment purchases to reduce expenditures and reserve cash, but at the same time, many need to upgrade to new equipment and technologies to stay efficient, productive, and competitive. Equipment financing may make it possible to get the best of both worlds and avoid large, upfront expenditures while providing your business with the equipment necessary to keep your operation running smoothly. Continue reading “Why the Time Might be Right for Equipment Financing”

According to the Equipment Leasing and Financing Association, “78% of US businesses across all industries rely on financing equipment purchases through loans, leases and lines of credit.”
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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. The failure to identify essential terms in the construction contract will lead to project confusion, extended completion time and expenses, as well as raise the likelihood of a future legal dispute. Below are several terms to consider in any construction contract:

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. The failure to identify essential terms in the construction contract will lead to project confusion, extended … Continue reading "Considerations for Drafting Construction Contracts"
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Deck Inspection Resources (2020) by Frank Woeste, P. E., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech. Spring is a great time to inspect your deck to make sure it is safe for continued use by your family and friends. The inspection resources listed herein should be useful for accomplishing a meaningful inspection of an existing deck for occupant safety.

The inspection resources listed herein should be useful for accomplishing a meaningful inspection of an existing deck for occupant safety.
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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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