Before stepping down from the Appellate Division – New York’s highest intermediate appellate court — in 2011, Justice Joseph Covello had over 30 years of experience, divided almost evenly between the private practice of law, and service as a judge. 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. He was known as a very successful settlement judge in the trial courts.
His diverse career background as a trial lawyer and insight as trial and appellate judge serves well to help litigants resolve a wide array of civil disputes. Judge Covello was known as a “lawyer’s judge,” and is a “client’s lawyer.” Sample Cases can be found here.
He has extensive experience litigating and presiding over a wide an array of civil disputes including personal injury, complex commercial, contract, business, employment, medical/professional malpractice and financial matters.
Due to his outstanding reputation, In December, 2011 Judge Covello was appointed to the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The Joint Commission is an independent monitor that investigates and maintains integrity in the state government. In 2013 Judge Covello completed Advanced Mediation Training at Fordham Law School.
Since leaving the bench in 2011, Covello has become one of the most popular and successful neutrals in New York. He was voted a “Best Individual Arbitrator” by lawyers and claim professionals in the New York Law Journal annual survey for nine consecutive years (2013-2021).
Judge Covello employs a combination of facilitative and evaluative mediation, supplemented by his 30 + years experience as a litigator and judge.
Resolute Systems, LLC administers Judge Covello’s mediation practice.