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Hon. Joseph Covello (Ret.)

Hon. Joseph Covello joins Mediation Solutions with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution focusing on the resolution of substantial personal injury, wrongful death, Labor Law, Construction and Commercial matters. He has been a neutral since 2011 and has been voted a “Top Individual Arbitrator” by lawyers and claims professionals in the New York Law Journal’s Best of Survey for ten consecutive years from 2013-2022. He conducts daily settlement conferences for the Civil Appeals Management Program (CAMP) as a Special Master on behalf of the Appellate Division, 2nd Department.

Before embarking on his ADR career, Judge Covello had over 30 years of experience, divided almost evenly between the private practice of law and service as a judge. Most recently, he served as an Associate Justice on the Appellate Division, Second Department, New York’s highest intermediate appellate court, and was appointed to one of the seven seats on the Second Department’s constitutional bench. He authored numerous opinions during his time at the Appellate Division, including opinions in the notable cases People v. Rodriguez (69 AD3d 169), Bazakos v. Lewis (56 AD3d 15) and Matter of Government Employees Ins. Co. v. Lopez (44 AD3d 256).

Prior to his appointment to the Appellate Division, Judge Covello served as a trial judge in the Supreme Court, Nassau County; on the Appellate Term for the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts; and as a trial judge in the District Court, Nassau County.

Before taking the bench, Judge Covello spent 16 years in the private practice of law, both with respected firms and in his own practice. While in private practice, Judge Covello was associate lead counsel in the celebrated case of In Re: Agent Orange, and served as counsel to both the Nassau County Police Indemnification Review Board and the Town of Oyster Bay Zoning Board of Appeals.

Judge Covello is a partner with Quatela Chimeri, PLLC and concentrates primarily in the areas of appellate and state court practice, civil and commercial litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

As a result of his experience both in private practice and on the bench, Justice Covello is intimately familiar with the value of cases and the differences in case value between the various jurisdictions in New York State. His unparalleled experience as a neutral makes him an excellent choice to help you resolve your disputes.

Judge Covello was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, teaching, among other classes, advanced appellate advocacy. He is a veteran of the United States Army, having volunteered upon his completion of secondary school. While serving he was selected for and served in the U.S. Army Presidential Honor Guard in Arlington, Virginia. He served on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, an independent monitor that investigates and maintains integrity in state government, for four years.

Mediating/Arbitrating Cases In:

  • Business/Commercial Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Construction Law
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Labor Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Real Estate/Zoning
  • Environmental
  • Breach of Contract
  • Toxic Torts

Professional Experience

Partner, Quatela Chimeri, PLLC (2019-present)

Partner, Lynn Gartner Covello and Dunn (2011-2019)

Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department (2005-2011)

Associate Justice, Appellate Ninth and Tenth Judicial District (2004-2005)

Justice, Nassau County Supreme Court (2000-2011)

Judge, Nassau County District Court (1995-2000)

Associate, Dean, Falanga & Rose (1980-1986)

Joseph Covello, Esq. (1986-1988, 1989-1994)

Counsel for the Town of Oyster Bay Zoning Board of Appeals (1987-1994)

Special Counsel for the Nassau County Police Indemnification Review Board (1990-1994)

Counsel, Rosano, Mose, Hirschhorn & Corleto (1991-1994)

Partner, Bee, DeAngelis & Eisman (1988-1989)


Advanced Commercial Mediation Training, Fordham Law School (2021)
Advanced Commercial Mediation Training, Fordham Law School (2013)
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. (1979)
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (1975)
Staten Island Community College, A.S. (1973)


Voted a “Best Individual Arbitrator” in New York Law Journal Best of Survey for 10 consecutive years (2013-2022)

Charter Member of Hofstra Law School Hall of Fame (2022)

Columbian Lawyers Association of Nassau Distinguished Service Award (2006)

Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association Award (2006)

New York State Bar Association Award for Recognition (2006)

Long Beach Lawyers Association Man of the Year Award (2005)

Fraternal Order of Court Officers Honorable Edward J. Hart Jr. Memorial Award (2005)

The Italian Heritage Club Award (2002)

Italian Court Officers of Nassau and Suffolk County Award for Dedication and Loyalty (1996)

Hofstra Law George M. Estabrook Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Memberships and Professional Activities

New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Columbian Lawyers Association, Past President

Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island, Past President

Nassau County District Court Judges’ Association, Past Vice-President

Nassau County Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Flushing Bank Advisory Board Member