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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

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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(Part Three) 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. Ideally, project completion will be the end of the construction process, and the parties will go their respective ways pleased with the outcome. In practice, construction projects often create disputes that must be dealt with even after the improvement has been completed.

Construction projects often create disputes that must be dealt with even after the improvement has been completed. Learn more about post construction law.
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(Part Four) 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. As discussed in the first three parts of this series, construction projects present many legal challenges and concerns to homeowners, who may not be as well-versed in the construction business as the architects and contractors with whom they deal. With the assistance of counsel with experience in construction law, however, homeowners may protect important rights and limited their exposure to negligent and fraudulent practices on the part of individuals and businesses in the construction industry.

With the assistance of counsel with experience in construction law, homeowners may protect important rights & limited their exposure to fraudulent practices
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(Part Two) This is a continuing article series regarding Compliance with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture. These include two topics, Requirements & Duties of Maintaining your Architectural License (Part 1), and Disciplinary Actions and Revocation of your Architectural License (Part 2). All though becoming an architect may require more study time and experience than other industries, obtaining and maintaining your architectural license is a thorough, tedious process with requirements specific to State. And with those state requirements, it is important to follow good practice ethics. Otherwise, this can result in disciplinary action that could result in complex negative scenarios.

Complying with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture; Part 2 of 2 – Disciplinary Actions and Revocation of your Architectural License.
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(Part One) This is a continuing article series regarding Compliance with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture. These include two topics, Requirements & Duties of Maintaining your Architectural License (Part 1), and Disciplinary Actions and Revocation of your Architectural License (Part 2). All though becoming an architect may require more study time and experience than other industries, obtaining and maintaining your architectural license is a thorough, tedious process with requirements specific to State. And with those state requirements, it is important to follow good practice ethics. Otherwise, this can result in disciplinary action that could result in complex negative scenarios.

Complying with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture; Part 1 of 2 – Requirements & Duties of Maintaining your Architectural License.
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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 April 7th, 2021. Construction employment on Long Island remains lower than it was a year ago. The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk counties fell 13 percent year over year, dropping from 79,100 in Feb. 2020 to 68,900 in Feb. 2021, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Regionally, construction employment in New York City decreased by 17 percent from Feb. 2020 to Feb. 2021, losing 26,700 construction jobs year over year.
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(Part Two) This is a continuing article series regarding Compliance with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture. These include two topics, Requirements & Duties of Maintaining your Architectural License (Part 1), and Disciplinary Actions and Revocation of your Architectural License (Part 2). All though becoming an architect may require more study time and experience than other industries, obtaining and maintaining your architectural license is a thorough, tedious process with requirements specific to State. And with those state requirements, it is important to follow good practice ethics. Otherwise, this can result in disciplinary action that could result in complex negative scenarios.

Complying with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture; Part 2 of 2 – Disciplinary Actions and Revocation of your Architectural License.
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U.S. home builders are poised to benefit this spring home buying season amid strong demand, low mortgage rates and an all-time low inventory of previously occupied homes for sale. But soaring lumber prices and a shortage of construction-ready land could limit their ability to capitalize on the strong housing market trends, analysts say. The price of lumber more than doubled over the last year to an all-time high, reflecting strong demand for new construction and home remodeling, and pandemic-related problems limiting production. The sharp rise in the cost of lumber, among other building materials, is a concern to builders because it drives up costs, potentially shrinking the pool of would-be buyers who can afford to purchase a home.

Soaring lumber prices and a shortage of construction-ready land could limit their ability to capitalize on the strong housing market trends, analysts say.
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The amount of New York-area construction starts fell sharply in February as compared to a year ago, with a huge drop in nonresidential starts. There were more than $2.34 billion in construction starts in the New York area in Feb. 2021, a whopping 62 percent less than the $6.19 billion in construction starts recorded in Feb. 2020, according to the latest report from Dodge Data & Analytics. 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 26th, 2021. #newyorkconstruction #newyorkrealestate #constructionnews

The amount of New York-area construction starts fell sharply in February as compared to a year ago, with a huge drop in nonresidential starts.
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This is a continuing article series regarding Compliance with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture. These include two topics, Requirements & Duties of Maintaining your Architectural License (Part 1), and Disciplinary Actions and Revocation of your Architectural License (Part 2). All though becoming an architect may require more study time and experience than other industries, obtaining and maintaining your architectural license is a thorough, tedious process with requirements specific to State. And with those state requirements, it is important to follow good practice ethics. Otherwise, this can result in disciplinary action that could result in complex negative scenarios.

Complying with the Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture; Part 1 of 2 – Requirements & Duties of Maintaining your Architectural License.
www.liconstructionlaw.com

Nearly half of contractors in New York are experiencing construction delays because of personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages and infected workers, according to data released last week by an industry trade group. The statewide survey by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 46 percent of contracting firms were struggling with project delays because of PPE shortages. And 41 percent said that work had slowed because of potential coronavirus infections on-site. Meanwhile nearly a quarter — 22 percent — of contractors reported a shortage of specialized labor or subcontractors. More optimistically, a third of respondents said they were not experiencing any delays.

Nearly half of contractors in New York are experiencing construction delays because of personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, according to data.
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Final Series! 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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