New York Real Estate Journal Interviews Joseph Asselta '92 as Executive of the Month
Q: How and when did you get your start in construction law?
A: I clerked for a construction law firm when I was in law school at St. John's University and then joined as an associate after graduation in 1992. Very early on, my direct contact with clients enabled me to listen to and learn from them about their biggest concerns in the industry. I also became involved in both the transactional side and the litigation end of construction which helped me see how certain contract language could be used to help avoid disputes. I eventually formed my own law firm, Agovino & Asselta, LLP, which grew to 10 attorneys over the course of 15 years, prior to our recent merger with Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP. Throughout my career, I have represented all types of parties involved in a construction project, including owners, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors and suppliers, which has provided me with invaluable experience and insight. Not only have I learned how each party views their role in the project, but also how best to resolve the inherent conflicts that exist between the various parties.