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James J. La Rocca

James J. La Rocca

Director, Employment & Labor Law

Time and again, Mr. La Rocca has been a trusted advisor to employers in both the private and public sectors. He regularly represents clients in connection with legal issues involving labor unions, including in the context of union organizing and collective bargaining. Additionally, both unionized and non-unionized employers routinely call on Mr. La Rocca to aggressively represent them in litigation, including in cases involving claims of breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unfair competition, and wage/hour violations. Mr. La Rocca also provides employers with day-to-day counseling on an assortment of workplace issues to help prevent litigation in the first instance.

Mr. La Rocca has worked for clients of all sizes across a number of industries. His clients have included Fortune 50 businesses, family businesses, and everything in between, including government entities. His work has spanned the construction, education, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, legal, media, real estate, sports, telecommunications, and transportation industries.

Mr. La Rocca is a frequent speaker and writer on key developments in the labor and employment field.

Areas of Focus

Traditional Labor Law

Mr. La Rocca handles a wide range of labor matters for employers. For example, he provides strategic legal advice during union organizing drives, negotiates collective bargaining agreements, and litigates labor disputes before federal and state courts, government agencies (including the National Labor Relations Board and New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission), and arbitrators.

Employment Litigation

Employers count on Mr. La Rocca to represent them in an assortment of cases, including cases involving claims of breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unfair competition, and wage/hour violations. He litigates cases before federal and state courts, government agencies (including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development), and arbitrators.

Employment Counseling

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.

Sports Law

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.



Boston University School of Law (J.D.)

  • Executive Editor, Public Interest Law Journal

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (B.S.)

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

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

Judicial Clerkship(s)

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

Civic/Charitable Activities

Bergen Catholic High School
Class Chair

Cornell University Alumni Ambassador Network

Eva’s Village

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.