Craig H. Handler

Education Hofstra University School of Law,
J.D., 2002
State University of New York at Binghamton,
B.A., 1999 Areas of Law Business & Corporate Law
Civil Litigation
Real Estate
News Blog Posts
FAA Makes Big Change to Drone ID Law New Pistol Permit Requirements Proposed In New York Contractor Warranty vs. The Correction of the Work Provision: What’s the Difference? European Union’s New Privacy Laws Set to Take Effect We Want You For The Construction Industry – Contractors Need Veterans New Laws To Require Remote ID of Drone Operators New York Bans Firearms Insurance Program Collecting Unpaid Commissions – The Law Can Help You All Mechanic’s Lien Waivers Are Not Created Equal NY’s Highest Court Rules Private Posts on Facebook are Fair Game in Discovery New York State Creates Nation’s First Air Corridor For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Plastic Bag Fee Takes Effect in Suffolk County The Business Class Concealed Carry Weapon Permit – Rules For Business Owners in Suffolk County The Forever GI Bill: A “Cliffs Notes” Guide for Veterans Contempt Toward Officials in the U.S. Military – Only the Commander-In-Chief can get away with using Twitter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems For Construction Industry Professionals Kramer vs. Kramer, Part 2 (the fight over the family pet) You’ve Served Your Country Honorably and You Are Now Entitled To Benefits. Use Them – You’ve Earned It! Certificates of Insurance: What do they really tell us? New York SAFE Act – A Practical Roadmap to Navigating New York’s Newest Firearms Law Insurance for Contractors 101 – Beware of the Cheap Policy! The most Affordable Insurance Policy May Put Your Business At Risk Don’t Forget To Address Your Legal Affairs Before You Deploy DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems New Anti-Discrimination Rules in New York
Tel: 631-727-2180 Ext. 324 Fax: 631-727-1767 Email: chandler@suffolklaw.com V-Card Download Bio

Craig H. Handler is an experienced attorney with a broad commercial practice focusing primarily on matters involving construction, real estate, insurance and technology.  Mr. Handler represents a wide range of clients including individuals, municipalities and businesses varying in size from sole proprietorships to large national corporations. Some of Mr. Handler’s clients include general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, property owners and developers, and local government agencies.

Mr. Handler’s successful litigation practice involves complex commercial and civil matters in State and Federal courts at all levels, including appellate courts and at mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Handler frequently litigates construction disputes involving defective construction, delay, scope of work disputes, mechanic’s lien foreclosure and defense, OSHA violations, ECB violations, and Labor Law claims. In addition, Mr. Handler’s real estate litigation practice often involves disputes over residential and commercial sales and leases, environmental issues, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims. Mr. Handler also possesses years of experience working with the insurance industry, and frequently handles disputes involving insurance coverage issues, including tenders, denials, bad faith claims and wrongful cancellations.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Handler regularly represents clients in transactional matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, and providing general advice to clients for their day-to-day legal needs. Through careful and considered counsel, Mr. Handler thinks outside the box helping to guide his clients toward cost savings and limiting their risks and exposure.

Recently, Mr. Handler has been recognized as one of the few attorneys on Long Island with expertise in local, state and new federal legislation regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicle systems for use in non-hobbyist and commercial applications. In this cutting-edge area of his practice, Mr. Handler assists clients such as contractors, surveyors, farmers, photographers and real estate industry professionals with navigating the certification, registration and operational guidelines imposed by Part 107 of the United States Code, as well as with flight compliance guidelines enacted by Towns and Villages across New York State.

As a certified firearms safety instructor,  Mr. Handler also enjoys assisting clients with firearms and concealed carry weapon licensing and permitting issues in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, and has been successful in expediting the approval of permit applications.  Similarly, Mr. Handler helps clients in understanding and complying with the complex and always evolving firearms laws in the State, including the provisions of the New York State SAFE Act.

Finally, Mr. Handler is a Judge Advocate assigned to the 7th Legal Support Detachment, 88th Brigade, New York Army Guard. In addition to his service as a JAG, Mr. Handler is also a staff officer in charge of recruitment and retention. Mr. Handler presently holds the rank of Captain, and is honored to assist active duty, reserve, retired and veteran soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines with all of their legal needs.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals


  • Captain
  • Judge Advocate, Assistant S-1
  • 7th LSD, 88th BDE, NYAG

Professional and Civic Associations:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Marine Corps League
  • Marine Corps Association
  • The American Legion
  • The Judge Advocates Association