Jeffrey T. LaRosa Partner
Jeffrey T. LaRosa has been with the Firm for more than 20 years, first as a law clerk, then an associate and, as of 2001, a partner. He currently co-chairs Schenck, Price, Smith & King's Professional Liability Practice Group. Mr. LaRosa's practice focuses on professional malpractice claims (including attorneys, physicians and insurance agents and brokers), commercial litigation (particularly non-competition agreements), and construction matters. His construction practice includes the representation of design professionals, construction managers and owners.
Mr. LaRosa has served as amicus counsel for both the Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey (IIABNJ) Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey (PIANJ). He is also the author of numerous articles for IIABNJ’s magazine The Independent Voice which addresses various E & O topics of interest to agents and brokers.
Besides writing for the IIABNJ, he is a frequent lecturer on insurance coverage and insurance agent and broker malpractice issues, and provides continuing education (CE) seminars for insurance agents, brokers and lawyers. Mr LaRosa has earned a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation from the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). The CRIS curriculum, designed primarily for insurance agents and brokers, focuses on the insurance and risk management needs of construction projects and contractors.
In addition, Mr. LaRosa is a court-appointed mediator for Chancery Matters before the Honorable Stephan C. Hansbury, P.J. Ch., Morris County Chancery Division, General Equity Part.
He was recognized in 2008 through 2015 by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers * in Business Litigation and also in the July/August Super Lawyers * Corporate Counsel Edition.
Areas of Concentration
Professional malpractice, professional liability, insurance coverage, corporate and commercial litigation/business disputes
- Retained by IIABNJ and the Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey (“PIANJ”), the two leading insurance agent professional associations in New Jersey, to represent their interests as amicus in three appeals arising out of a significant insurance coverage/insurance agent malpractice case where plaintiffs obtained a judgment in excess of $9 million at the trial level. The appeal was successful and the trial court’s ruling was overturned. Harbor Commuter Services, Inc. v. Frenkel & Co., Inc., 401 N.J. Super. 354 (App. Div. 2008).
- Represented New Jersey Transit in defense of a construction worksite accident that resulted in plaintiff’s paralysis. NJ Transit’s co-defendant was plaintiff’s employer and was responsible for the defective scaffolding from which plaintiff fell. NJ Transit settled the claims with plaintiff and tried to verdict the cross-claim against plaintiff’s employer. Of a $1.5 million settlement, NJ Transit recovered 85% of the settlement back from plaintiff’s employer. The matter was affirmed on appeal. In addition, NJ Transit was involved in a consolidated insurance coverage dispute filed by plaintiff’s employer. NJ Transit prevailed in that matter on summary judgment, ensuring there was coverage for its claims against plaintiff’s employer. Serpa v. NJ Transit, et al; Quincy Mutual v. Dan-Za, et al., 401 N.J. Super. 371 (App. Div. 2008).
- Successfully defended an insurance agent sued for allegedly failing to explain “non-owned automobile coverage” to an insured. The insured was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in a $900,000 verdict against the insured. In the insured’s lawsuit against the agent, we obtained summary judgment in our client’s favor at the trial court, which was affirmed by the Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court refused plaintiff’s petition for certification, terminating the case. Rucci v. R. Bruce Hill Agency, Ltd., 194 N.J. 444 (2008).
- Represented an ERISA health plan seeking to recoup almost $200,000 in medical expenses paid for an injured employee. The New Jersey Appellate Division determined that the ERISA health plan was not subject to the New Jersey collateral source rule and ruled that the client was entitled to recoup the money from the party that caused the employee’s injury. White Consolidated Industries, Inc. v. Pei Lin, M.D., 372 N.J. Super. 480 (App. Div. 2004).
- Represented the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in defense of a Section 1983 claim. Obtained summary judgment in favor of the Prosecutor’s Office. Vasilopoulos v. Essex County Prosecutors Office, 2009 U.S.Dist. Lexis 82100 (D.N.J. 2009).
- Represented Chase Manhattan Bank in connection with the application of an “evergreen clause” and an “expiry clause” in a $355,000 letter of credit. Obtained summary judgment in the bank’s favor determining that the letter of credit had expired. AXA Assurance, Inc. v. The Chase Manhattan Bank, 339 N.J. Super. 22 (App. Div. 2001).
- Represented a paramedical examination company in defense of a tortious interference claim filed by a competitor. The Court agreed with our position and denied plaintiff’s application for a preliminary injunction. American Para Professional Systems, Inc. v. Hooper Holmes, Inc., 787 N.Y.S.2d 227 (1st Dept. 2004).
- Represented a residential condominium association in a lawsuit against its insurance broker on a claim that the broker under-insured the property and failed to procure the appropriate type of coverage for the condominium.
- Represented a closely-held corporation in a Chancery Division matter where several of the corporation’s employees left the company and formed a competitor, all in violation of their non-competition agreements with the company. Filed an Order to Show Cause to enjoin the employees from continued violation of their obligations under their agreements with the company.
- Represented a 50% owner of a closely held engineering consulting business in a corporate divorce that involved the valuation of current assets and future contracts for purposes of New Jersey’s Oppressed Minority Shareholder Statute, N.J.S.A. 14A: 12-7.
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