Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP

Phone: (516) 248-1700
Fax: (516) 248-1729

Joseph P. Asselta

Joseph P. Asselta is Chair of the Firm’s Construction Law practice group. He was the former Co-Managing Partner of Agovino & Asselta, LLP.

Mr. Asselta represents clients in all segments of the construction industry including owners, developers, financial institutions, design professionals, general contractors, construction managers, government contractors, trade contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, equipment rental companies, and insurers and sureties (on both public and private projects). He has prosecuted and defended numerous small and multimillion-dollar claims relating to non-payment, extra work, delays, changed and unforeseen conditions, design and construction defects, defaults, terminations, mechanic’s liens, prevailing wages and project labor issues, and insurance coverage and performance and payment bonds, in both state and federal courts and administrative agencies, arbitration, and mediation. A significant portion of his practice also includes the review, drafting, and negotiation of construction contracts and related project documents. Mr. Asselta also is particularly effective in listening to his clients’ issues and concerns and counseling them on practical, cost-saving strategies to avoid and resolve disputes during their projects. Mr. Asselta further provides his clients with advice and representation in connection with their corporate, commercial, real estate, and insurance needs.

Mr. Asselta is active in a number of construction and surety industry associations. He was the Chair of the Bar Association of Nassau County, Construction Law Committee from 2001-2003. Mr. Asselta has also authored numerous articles and lectured on current construction and surety-related topics, including “Responding to the Filing of a Mechanic’s Lien” which appeared in the Nassau Lawyer, and “Building Finance and Preserving Priorities under the Lien Law”, “Current Insurance Issues in the Construction Industry”, and “Current Trends in Utilization of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs) on Publicly-Funded Construction Projects”, which were all presented to the Nassau County Bar Association Construction Law Committee.


  • Construction


  • St. John’s University School of Law, 1992, cum laude
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1989, cum laude
  • Phillips (Andover) Academy


  • New York State Bar
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • Has received permission to appear pro hac vice on behalf of clients in New Jersey


  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Real Estate Construction
  • New York State Bar Association’s (Construction and Surety Law Division)
  • American Bar Association (Construction Law Forum and Fidelity and Surety Law Committee)
  • Member of, and has served as co-president on, the Board of Directors of Landmark on Main Street, Inc. (a not-for-profit cultural and civic organization in Port Washington, New York)
  • Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) (Board of Directors)
  • Columbian Lawyers’ Association of Nassau County