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Our Team Jason T. LaRocco

Jason T. LaRocco is a partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a seasoned litigator and a veteran of several civil jury trials and arbitrations. Jason represents mid-sized commercial transportation, construction, manufacturing and service-related companies. His practice focuses on the areas of commercial auto litigation, premises liability, construction litigation, insurance coverage, products liability, defamation claims, dram shop litigation, and commercial contract and franchise disputes. Jason is frequently involved with matters involving multi-million-dollar claims.

Outside the office Jason enjoys cooking for his family, traveling, and playing tennis.  On the weekends you can often find Jason cheering on his two daughters playing soccer, squash, or softball.

  • Obtained a defense verdict involving sensitive defamation claims following a week-long jury trial.
  • Obtained favorable arbitration ruling involving a two-car motor vehicle accident in which the plaintiff alleged significant injuries and liability was found on the operator of the other vehicle.
  • Successfully obtained early case dismissal via motion to dismiss due to a lack of jurisdiction in federal court, providing the insurer with significant litigation cost savings.
  • Successfully obtained case dismissal in state court of the plaintiff’s personal injury claims arising from an automobile accident due to the plaintiff’s limited tort status.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a wrongful death claim against a nursing home on the eve of trial following the discovery of key evidence demonstrating that the plaintiff misrepresented her status as a statutory beneficiary of the claim.
  • Successfully obtained early and favorable case settlement of a sensitive dram shop claim involving an on-duty Philadelphia police officer.
  • Successfully obtained insurance coverage for additional insureds in several matters, saving the client significant litigation costs.
  • 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 the cart was negligently maintained, resulting in permanent injuries. Utilizing liability and damages experts, Jason and his team successfully reduced potential exposure and obtained a settlement well below the plaintiff’s original $5 million demand.
  • 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 the owner of the crane was aware of several prior incidents involving the equipment that were not remedied and failed to routinely test the crane and to train the operators properly. 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. The plaintiff claimed significant oral injuries and several surgical procedures as a result of the fall. After conducting extensive discovery, the plaintiff’s claims were successfully discredited, and a defense verdict at binding arbitration was obtained.
  • Represented the manufacturer of an industrial disposable wiping material machine in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiff alleged he sustained severe burns and injuries due tof the machine’s defective design. Jason minimized potential exposure by demonstrating culpable conduct via another party and obtained a favorable settlement.
  • 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 a motion for summary judgment, demonstrating an actual denial of benefits never occurred. The Pennsylvania Superior Court also upheld the trial court’s decision.

  • Presenter, Health Services Claims, and Risk Management, Curana Health Risk Management Group (November 22, 2022).
  • Author, “Mining for Value During the COVID-19 Age: Save Money on Civil Litigation Settlements and Costs.” Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert (April 27, 2020).
  • Author, “Forum Non-Conveiens in the Keystone State: A Common Sense Approach.” DRI: The Voice, vol. 14, issue 44 (November 4, 2015).
  • Author, Collapse Coverage: The Conundrum Continues (May 19, 2008).
  • Author, The Collapse Conundrum: Finding Collapse Coverage When No Collapse Occurs (January 26, 2005).
  • Author, Recent Developments and Trends in Pennsylvania Insurance Bad Faith Litigation (July 2005).
  • Recognized as a Distinguished Advocate by the Support Center for Child Advocates (2015)
  • Recipient of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Honor Roll (2008 – 2018)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)