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



John Caravella
The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C.
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Uniondale, NY 11556

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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

Time and time again, homeowners hire fraudulent contractors without knowing so. There are many instances where the homeowner will hire a contractor without really knowing what they’re all about. Usually out of excitement, or desperation to complete unfinished work, homeowners will too often hire their contractor based off an estimate, without digging deeper as to the insurance status or legitimacy of the contractor’s business. With that said, what are the top 3 things every homeowner needs to verify before hiring a contractor and signing the contract?

Before hiring a contractor, there are important steps that can protect you, your property and your finances. A Long Island Construction Attorney can help.
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Construction contracts in New York often place the architect or engineer in the additional role of an initial impartial decider as to any disagreement or disputes between the contractor and the owner, in addition to their roles as the design professionals.

Construction contracts often make the architect a mediator in any disagreement or dispute between the contractor and the owner.
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General Business Law Section 756 (and the sections that follow it), commonly known as the Prompt Payment Act, establish requirements for how soon a construction contractor or subcontractor must be paid and allow expedited arbitration in the event that prompt payment is not made for qualifying projects. Not all projects however fall under the requirements of the PPA, and the act specifically limits its application to non-public projects, having specific square footage and residential unit limitations, and does not apply to reconstruction, alteration, demolition or relocation of an existing structure.

General Business Law Section 756 (and the sections that follow it), commonly known as the Prompt Payment Act, establish requirements for how soon a construction contractor or subcontractor must be paid and allow expedited arbitration in the event that prompt payment is not made for qualifying projects. Not all projects however fall under the requirements … Continue reading "Violation of the New York Prompt Payment Act Does Not Bar Defenses"
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In a nutshell, the “economic loss rule” is a rule that courts use to prevent a plaintiff from against a defendant for a tort (usually negligence) when the essence of the 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 does have exceptions, and it becomes tricky when applied to service contracts such as construction contracts.
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Although Scaffold Law reform is frequently discussed, the barrage of Scaffold Law cases continues, if the numerous case decisions that I turned up in a recent search of the New York Official Reports is any indication, and the alarming trend is for courts to impose liability on contractors and even property owners.

The controversial Scaffold Law, which imposes liability on contractors, property owners, and their agents for injuries, has seen a 500% increase in cases.
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As you can see, building code violations can have significant legal consequences for contractors and architects, although, as always, whether or not you may be liable will defend on the facts of your case and the terms of your contract. For contractors, complying with plans and specifications may provide a defense. For architects, the duty to make plans in accordance with building codes is the rule, and strict compliance is necessary if architects are to avoid liability.

building code violations can have significant legal consequences for contractors and architects, although, as always, whether or not you may be liable will defend on the facts of your case and the terms of your contract.
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What is a cost-plus construction contract? A cost-plus construction contract is a contract in which a contractor agrees to be paid for all of his costs including a certain percentage for his expenses and profit. The pros vs. the cons of cost-plus construction contract format are a business decision, but cost-plus construction contract also raises legal issues contractors should be aware of before agreeing.

In a cost-plus construction contract, a contractor agrees to be paid for all of his costs including a certain percentage for his expenses and profit.
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Contractors are not only responsible for performing their contracted work, but are also charged with keeping the owner and the subcontractors working together to bring the project to completion successfully. Given this, they are regularly the subject of legal disputes. For this reason, many could benefit from an understanding of the following top 5 contractor defenses available in New York.

As liasions between owners and subcontractors, contractors often find themselves subject of legal disputes. Contractors should know their legal rights.
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Often times in discussions with contractors, I hear many of the same types of issues repeat themselves, and from the perspective of counsel, quite preventable. While not every potential problem on a project can be determined upfront, keeping the following 5 tips for contractors in mind might be helpful in preventing problems, improving business practices, and effectively managing risks.

Keeping the following 7 tips for contractors in mind might be helpful in preventing problems, improving business practices, and effectively managing risks.
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The following article has been written by guest blogger Danielle Rodabaugh, who has outlined an informative examination of bonding principles in New York construction. Although surety bonds have been used to regulate New York’s construction industry for decades, many contractors still have a limited understanding of their purpose.

Surety bonds protect local gov't agencies, project owners & financiers from investment loss. Contractors should abide by these five principles.
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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? https://www.liconstructionlaw.com/construction/construction-document-conflictss/

Given that many documents are required for construction projects, document conflicts are almost unavoidable. Which documents hold the highest authority?
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If you have read previous articles of this blog, you may be aware that New York construction contractors can be barred from suing or enforcing a mechanic’s lien if they do not possess required home improvement licenses, which has resulted in the dismissal of many contractors’ claims. On the other hand, project owners sometimes argue that a contractor’s failure to possess a license should not only prevent the contractor from recovering more money but should require the contractor to return all monies already paid for the work. Courts’ responses to this argument have been mixed.

NY contractors can't enforce a mechanic's lien if they don't have home improvement licenses. Project owners argue unlicensed contractors shouldn't be paid.
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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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