Overview

Time and again, Mr. La Rocca has been a trusted advisor to businesses facing labor and employment issues. He has stood alongside corporate executives and human resource professionals to build workplace cultures that maximize employee morale and productivity, helping them gain a leg up on their competition and remain union-free. When conflict is unavoidable, employers call on Mr. La Rocca to aggressively defend them from accusations of workplace misconduct. And, he routinely gets these claims resolved or thrown out before trial.

Mr. La Rocca has worked for clients of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to mom-and-pop shops, across a number of industries, including construction, education, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, legal, newspaper, real estate, sports, telecommunications, and transportation.

Mr. La Rocca is a frequent speaker and writer on key developments in the labor and employment field. The state of Oregon just became the first state in the nation to pass a law providing civil rights protections to unpaid interns based, in part, upon an article Mr. La Rocca wrote in 2006. His writings are cited in the annotations to the New Jersey whistleblowing statute, and a number of law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal.

FOCUS AREAS

Mr. La Rocca helps employers create corporate cultures that foster business objectives, boost employee morale, and, of course, comply with the law. He does so by working with management to craft workplace policies that drive the bottom line, treat workers with dignity and respect, and minimize legal exposure. He also trains workforces on implementing these policies.

Businesses count on Mr. La Rocca to defend them from an assortment of allegations, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage/hour violations. He litigates cases before federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights Commission, and arbitrators.

Mr. La Rocca handles a wide range of labor matters for companies. For example, he helps employers negotiate collective bargaining agreements, combat union efforts to organize their workplaces, and win grievances and unfair labor practice charges filed by unions before the National Labor Relations Board, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, and arbitrators.

Mr. La Rocca’s experience with collective bargaining and labor arbitrations has been a valuable asset to The Gibbons Sports Law practice. For example, he has worked as part of the team representing a Major League Baseball player in an arbitration stemming from a contract dispute.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law (J.D.)
    • Executive Editor, Public Interest Law Journal
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (B.S.)

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Sidney Reitman American Employment Law Inn of Court

Society for Human Resource Management

Civic / Charitable Activities

Bergen Catholic High School
Class Chair

Cornell University Alumni Ambassador Network

Tri-County Scholarship Fund Dinner Committee

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Legal intern to the Honorable Eugene H. Austin, J.S.C., Superior Court, Hackensack, NJ, 2005

Legal Employment

Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. La Rocca practiced labor and employment law with Proskauer Rose LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City.

HONORS & AWARDS

AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Employment & Labor

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