Jeffrey T. LaRosa has been with the Firm for more than 25 years, first as a law clerk, then an associate and, as of 2001, a partner. He currently co-chairs Schenck Price's Professional Liability Practice Group and the Insurance Coverage Practice Group. Jeff'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. Jeff also serves as the Firm’s General Counsel.
Jeff has served as amicus counsel for both the Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey (IIABNJ) and the 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. Jeff 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, Jeff is a court-appointed mediator for Chancery Matters before the Honorable Maritza Berdote Byrne, P.J. Ch., Morris County Chancery Division, General Equity Part.
- Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine’s 2020 “Top Lawyers” in Professional Malpractice Non-Medical Defense
- Repeatedly selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Business Litigation
- Recognized in the July/August 2010 Super Lawyers * Corporate Counsel Edition
- Selected to serve as a court-appointed mediator as part of the Morris County Bar Association Chancery Division Early Settlement Program
- Cornell International Law Journal Editor while in law school
- Co-author, "The Coming Plague (of Litigation)," The New Jersey Law Journal, May 13, 2020
- Author, "The Wakefern Case: An Interesting Proximate Cause Ruling for Brokers," April 15, 2020
- Author, "Is There Business Interruption Insurance Available for COVID-19?,"April 3, 2020
- Co-Author, “Cyber Insurance Risks for Insurance Brokers and Lessons Learned from Flood Exposures,” New Jersey Lawyer, June 2016
- Author, “An Employer’s Obligations to a Prospective Employee” that addressed whether the “employment at will” doctrine applied to prospective employees, New Jersey’s COMMERCE magazine
- Author, “Professional Malpractice: Claims Against Insurance Producers on the Rise,” New Jersey Law Journal, 2008
- Co-Author, “New Jersey Courts’ Liberal Interpretation of Consumer Fraud Act Claims Also Governs the Courts’ Review of Attorneys’ Fees Claims Under the Act,” New Jersey Lawyer, February 2012
- Gives several presentations per year to Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New Jersey (IIABNJ) as part of the agents’ and brokers’ continuing education requirements and provides an overview of recent developments in defending insurance agents in E&O cases
- Presenter, “Construction Insurance—An Overview,” which provided a primer on insurance policies as well as a review of coverage issues and exclusions for each policy, Morris County Bar Association Construction Law Conference, April 2011
- Presenter, “Chancery Practice and the filing of Orders to Show Cause,” Morris County Bench/Bar Conference, October 2010
- Presenter, “Nuts and Bolts of CPSC Recalls—What To Do If It Happens to You,” National Propane Gas Defense Association
- Member, American Bar Association—Insurance Coverage Section
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Insurance Law and Construction Law Sections
- Former Member, Pastime Club, a charitable organization that raises funds for local sports activities
- Former member, Board of Trustees and Former President, Mendham Borough Library
- President, Mendham High School Boys Lacrosse Booster Club
- 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.