Jason LaRocco

Jason LaRocco focuses his practice in the areas of commercial auto litigation, premises liability, products liability, dram shop litigation, nursing home claims, real estate disputes and construction litigation.  He also has litigated general commercial matters.  With over thirteen years of experience, Jason is a seasoned litigation attorney.  He has also represented small to mid-size businesses in contract disputes, fraud claims and in the execution of foreign judgments.

Experience

  • Represented the lessor of an electric burden carrier cart in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  The burden carrier cart struck a union worker who alleged that the cart was negligently maintained and that he suffered permanent and debilitating injuries as a result of the accident.  Utilizing a variety of liability and damages experts, the firm successfully reduced potential exposure and obtained a settlement well below plaintiff’s original $5 million demand.
  • As part of a team of attorneys, represented a crane inspection company involving an overhead crane work site fatality.  The Estate of the deceased brought negligence claims against the owner of the overhead crane, the crane inspection company and the general contractor.  After extensive discovery the Estate alleged that the owner of the overhead crane was aware of several prior incidents involving the crane which were not remedied.  Plaintiff further alleged that the crane owner failed to test the crane on a regular basis and to properly train the crane operators.  After jury selection, and two rounds of private mediation, the parties agreed to a global settlement of $17 million dollars and successfully settled the matter on behalf of the crane inspection company for less than 10% of the total settlement.
  • Represented a janitorial services company in the defense of a slip and fall premises liability claim at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Plaintiff claimed significant oral injuries and several surgical procedures as a result of the fall.  After conducting extensive discovery Plaintiff’s claims were successfully discredited and a defense verdict at binding arbitration was obtained with a separate high/low agreement of $50,000 split among four defendants resulting in a verdict of less than $16,000.
    Represented the manufacturer of an industrial disposable wiping material machine in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  Plaintiff alleged, in part, that he sustained severe burns and injuries across his body as a result of the machine’s defective design.  The firm was able to reduce potential exposure by demonstrating culpable conduct via another party and obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Part of a team that represented an insurance carrier in Lackawanna County against breach of contract and bad faith claims stemming from a reservation of rights letter issued in response to a personal injury claim which occurred on the policyholder’s premises.  The court granted the firm’s motion for summary judgment demonstrating that an actual denial of benefits never occurred.  The firm also successfully argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court which upheld the trial court’s decision.

Education

  • J.D., Vermont Law School, 2001
  • M.S.E.L, Vermont Law School, 2001
  • B.S., Villanova University, 1995

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts of Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District for the District of New Jersey

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Community/Civic Involvement

  • Support Center for Child Advocates, pro bono attorney, 2002 – present

Honors/Awards

  • Recognized as a Distinguished Advocate by the Support Center for Child Advocates, 2015
  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Honor Roll, recipient, 2008 – present
  • Selected for inclusion on the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list
  • Selected for inclusion on the 2011-2012 Pennsylvania Rising Stars Super Lawyers® list

Selected Presentations/Seminars

  • “Effective Claims Handling,” 2009