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.
- 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
- Judge Advocate, Assistant S-1
- 7th LSD, 88th BDE, NYAG
Hofstra University School of Law,
State University of New York at Binghamton,
Professional and Civic Associations
News & Insights
Craig Handler Appointed to Faculty of Half Hollow Hills School District Continuing Education Program
Craig is the first attorney to join the faculty of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District Continuing Education Program
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a new rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display
A bill authored by Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, would require a background check of an individual's social media and internet search
Contractors and owners alike often operate under a common misconception that the “industry-standard” for construction contracts limits the contractor’s responsibility
Any U.S. based business that sells products or provides services via the internet, no matter how large or small, is
A majority of surveyed construction contractors have reported that the lack of qualified workers is the number one problem impeding
Private use of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs” or “drones") for recreational and commercial use has been sky-rocketing. This trending
Senior Associate Craig Handler recently participated in a panel discussion held at the Farmingdale State College, State University of New
New York State has recently fined Lockton Companies $7,000,000 for advertising and selling the NRA-branded firearm insurance program known as
One of the occupational hazards faced by brokers is the fight to recover a commission after a transaction has been
Mechanics’ lien waivers are intended to prevent construction contractors or material suppliers from filing a lien in connection with work
Long before the digital age and proliferation of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Marshall McLuhan mused, “publication is
Senior Litigation Associate Craig H. Handler Successfully Defeats Motion For Summary Judgment In Lieu Of Complaint
Senior Litigation Associate Craig H. Handler was recently successful in defeating a motion for summary judgment in lieu of complaint
New York State has officially created the Nation’s first “air corridor” where unmanned aerial vehicles can safely fly beyond line
Effective January 1, 2018, shoppers in Suffolk County are required to pay a $0.05 fee for each non-reusable carryout bag
New York State has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and with
Floyd Bennet Field, Brooklyn, New York Senior Litigation Associate Craig H. Handler recently participated in a Legal Support Operation for
Senior Litigation Associate Craig H. Handler recently participated in the first annual Brotherhood for the Fallen Charity Airsoft Tournament, which
At a time when unity on any issue in Washington, D.C. is a rare commodity, it was gratifying to see
Senior Litigation Associate, Craig H. Handler, was recently honored to serve as a guest speaker for a special event held