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John M. LaRosa

Wrongful termination Attorney at Wilmington, DE

5.0   16 reviews

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Wrongful termination
    90%
    I represent executives, professionals, and other employees facing termination, layoff, or forced resignation (constructive discharge).

    22 years

  2. Employment and labor
    5%
    I handle employment cases for employees in both the private sector and the public sector and for both union and non-union workers including cases involving termination, layoff, failure to promote, and denial of hire.

    22 years, 1,232 cases

  3. Sexual harassment
    5%
    I fight for victims of workplace sexual harassment in cases of retaliatory discharge, hostile work environment, and other forms of workplace discrimination including sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination & racial harassment.

    22 years

 

Background

As the son of a union carpenter and a nurse, I learned to appreciate the value of hard work at a very young age. Entering the world of employment at 14, I noticed how delicate the balance of power within the workplace can be, and how frequently injustices can arise. It was for these very reasons that I made the decision to dedicate my talents to fighting for the inherent constitutional rights of individuals and small businesses. Having worked myself up from fast food worker to a respected attorney and owner of my own firm, I am motivated and dedicated to standing up for the rights of others in the workplace and maintaining justice in the field of employment law. This unique blend of experience, education, and passion allow me to be the very best defender of employee rights.

Professional Experience

After earning my bachelor's degree in criminal justice, I quickly took on a position as a law clerk. Two years of work in this field provided me with even more insight into the nuances of the legal sector, and in 2000, I was admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Today, I am a practicing attorney in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit sitting in Philadelphia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the course of more than 15 years, I has seen and worked on hundreds of Plaintiff's Employment Law cases. As a result, I amj well versed in the minutia necessary to fight for my clients' best interests and ensure that justice is served. I am constantly aware of the specific steps that must be taken - and when - in order to arrive at the best possible outcome. I believe and remain dedicated to establishing strong client relationships and maintaining open lines of communication which make it possible for me to make superior arguments for each individual case and client.

Areas of Expertise

Because virtually 100% of my practice is devoted to Employment Law, I understands how difficult it can be to feel like your employer always has the upper hand.

I represents clients in a variety of employment situations including the following:

• Severance Agreement Review, Separation Package Review, and Other Employment Law Counseling;

• Employment Contract Negotiation;

• Breach of Employment Contract including Confidentiality Agreements and Non-Compete Agreements (a/k/a Restrictive Covenants);

• Non-renewal of Employment Contract;

• Wrongful Termination of Employment;

• Retaliation, Reprisal, or Whistleblower Litigation including OSHA, DWPA, and CEPA;

• Layoff, Downsizing, or Reduction in Force ("RIF") including the WARN Act;

• Denial of Promotion, Denial of Hiring Job Applicant, Denial of Transfer, and Other Selection Cases;

• Demotion and Involuntary Transfer;

• Suspension, Administrative Leave, and Unpaid Leave;

• Performance Improvement Plan ("PIP") and Other Disciplinary Action;

• Constructive Discharge (a/k/a Forced Resignation or Forced Retirement);

• ADEA and Age Discrimination Law;

• Sex Discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination, and Other Title VII Cases;

• Constitutional Law which protects Public Employees in Free Speech, Due Process, and Equal Protection cases; and

• Civil Rights in Employment including Section 1981 (race discrimination in contracts) and Section 1983 (governmental discrimination) cases.

In addition, I am proficient in areas related to Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment; Sexual Orientation Discrimination; ADA and Disability Discrimination; Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"); Race Discrimination, Color Discrimination, and Ethnic Discrimination (a/k/a National Origin Discrimination); Religious Discrimination; Marital Status Discrimination; Genetic Information Discrimination; Reverse Discrimination; and other matters resolved through Employment Litigation and/or Employment Mediation.

Clientele

Because of my knowledge and extensive experience in representing employees at even the highest rungs of the corporate ladder, I am able to advocate for a wide range of clients. From the mature executive in the boardroom to the young newcomer who just started in the mailroom, anyone, regardless of their tenure or seniority within an organization, may find themselves in a position where employment counseling or advocacy is needed.

Personalized Representation

My combined experience has resulted in a comprehensive view of the corporate world which in turn provided me with a dedicated understanding of how to maximize benefits, preserve rights and push for social justice for each client I represent. I always strive to put a human face on legal arguments, providing each client with highly professional, yet empathetic and personalized services. Ultimately, my goal is to make the legal process as smooth and seamless as possible for his clients.

Through honesty, hard work, and a fire for upholding the law, I fight for the interests of those in need. By shouldering this burden on behalf of my clients, I am able to provide them with a voice, sound advice, and personal empowerment in a way that minimizes their stress levels during the course of their employment litigation.

More About John LaRosa

In addition to practicing law, I enjoy staying active with my family at the gym and by competing on the tennis court. I also keep up with the world of professional sports and support Philadelphia's teams including the Phillies, the Eagles, the 76ers, and the Flyers. In my free time, I make sure to stay relaxed by visiting the local Delaware beaches and the Jersey shore with my wife and our daughter.

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Licensed for 22 years
State DE
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 06/28/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/05/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 10/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact John

LaRosa & Associates
1225 King Street, Suite 802
Wilmington, DE, 19801-3246

Reviews

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Posted by Andrea | July 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney with fantastic follow up and communication
I hired John in my wrongful termination case and found him to be a pleasure to work with during such a stressful and chaotic time. John was patient and thorough in his explanations of the legal process, his attention to detail was extraordinary and perhaps his best trait - he never failed to promptly follow up. Having worked with other lawyers in the past, I found this level of communication and accessibility to be unexpectedly superior to his peers. I would recommend John to anyone looking to hire an attorney for a wrongful termination case.
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Posted by Erica | May 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wrongful Demotion/Termination
I hired Attorney LaRosa to help with Wrongful Demotion/Termination of my employment. Attorney LaRosa not only was very professional he was also attentive to my case and I felt that he genuinely cared about getting me what I deserved. With Attorney LaRosa, I never had to guess what to except as he included me every step of the way in the process. Although, the situation wasn’t a pleasant journey, Attorney LaRosa made it easy to get through it. This was my first and hopefully only time having to go through something like this. I highly recommend using his services!
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Posted by Jeffrey Crockett | May 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
John was very easy to work with, very knowledgeable and keep me in the loop at all times with continuous updates and gave me a thorough understanding of what to expect throughout the process. I highly recommend working with him. He is very proficient. It was a pleasure working with him!
Posted by Ann Pierce | January 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, courteous, and very responsive
John represented me in my wrongful termination/discrimination case against my former employer. John was always prepared, timely, professional, and very knowledgeable. He helped me prepare for my case; actually, he took the majority of the stress off my plate and he handled it for me. He was very responsive to my questions, answered my emails promptly, and was always very thoughtful and friendly. I highly recommend John.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced Professional
I have worked in the legal field for over 20 years but have not personally been involved in any legal disputes or claims filed against me. From our first telephone conversation, John eased my fears without sugar coating the projected outcome or what he could accomplish for me. He was professional, attentive, responsive and understanding through the whole process. John is the ultimate professional with expert knowledge and experience in all areas of employment law and has extensive experience with the Delaware court system. With John\'s help, my case was settled with the best outcome for me. I would not hesitate to call on him again or to recommend him to anyone with an employment related legal need. Reviewed by: Melanie E.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mr. LaRosa is a dedicated professional who educates as well as advises his clients. He is knowledgeable about issues such as retaliation and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace among other areas. I would highly recommend his services. I cannot thank him enough for support and advisement.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. LaRosa was great!
Incredibly knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to discrimination cases and wrongful termination. Mr. LaRosa is also kind and understanding of the challenges that the working class faces everyday. I would recommend Mr. LaRosa to anyone.
Posted by Ray | April 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I highly recommend John LaRosa in the field of Employment Law. With his vast experience, knowledge and personal commitment, he successfully negotiated a wrongful termination case, on my behalf. He listened, documented, prepared and presented a highly professional and persuasive case. Throughout the entire process, he discussed all my options and chances of success.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Mr. LaRosa was extremely knowledgeable and thorough throughout the entire process. He professionally assessed the strength of my case and successfully negotiated a settlement with my employer. I especially appreciated his honesty and ease of contact.
Posted by Sharon | March 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment Matter
John represented me in an employment matter. He was professional, responsive and clearly discussed all the details and possible outcomes of my case. I highly recommend John.
Posted by Mark | February 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
ADA, Disability Discrimination
I consulted with John on an employment matter that was complicated. John explained the law so that it was easy for me to make a decision on how to proceed. He was patient and understanding. Highly Recommend!
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Responded to My Avvo Message
The law clerk I spoke with was very nice and detailed. She asked a lot of questions and seemed interested in my case. Out of the many Avvo lawyers I messaged this was the only one to respond to me.
Posted by Bill | March 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent insight and advice
John LaRosa helped me review and negotiate my employer separation agreement to a successful outcome. He is an extremely professional and experienced attorney, and is very responsive and thoughtful in his counsel. I would recommend him for any employment matter.
Posted by Fran | October 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't say thank you enough!
He knew the best talking points to discuss and prepared me well for my unemployment hearing. I know I would not have had a positive outcome without him. Very professional, intelligent, and responsive to my questions and concerns.
Posted by Nick | October 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Thorough
John evaluated a series of complex contracts for me related to the sale of a business and subsequent employment contract. His attention to detail was very helpful.
Posted by Kimberly | October 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Professional and Responsive
Mr. LaRosa and his staff were extremely courteous and professional. Everything was handled in a timely and thorough manner. I would highly recommend him and will retain his services again if needed without hesitation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-500 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Managing Partner
  • LaRosa & Associates
  • 2001 - Present
  • Contract Attorney (2000-2001) and Law Clerk (1998-2000)
  • The Neuberger Firm, P.A. (formerly known as Thomas S. Neuberger, P.A.)
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Law Office Clerk
  • The Stewart Law Firm LLP (formerly known as Stewart & Associates)
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Research Assistant
  • Widener University Legal Writing Department
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • Widener University Delaware Law School
  • J.D. - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Delaware
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • Salesianum School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Mitchell v. Cooper (City of Rehoboth Beach)
  • Defeated government employer’s summary judgment motion in a promotion case, settled case for a six figure sum, and long time mayor was ousted in the next election later that same year.
  • Miller v. Delaware Technical & Community College
  • Defeated school's summary judgment motion in a race discrimination case of denial of hire.
  • Tomaszewski adv. Hercules, Inc.
  • Won the Trial Verdict for a former employee in a breach of contract case.
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Associations

  • Legal Arts Condominium Association
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - Present
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Widener Academic Scholarship
  • Widener University Delaware Law School
  • 1996
  • Gordon Johnson Memorial Law Scholarship
  • Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity
  • 1996
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Publications

  • LaRosa & Associates' Newsletter
  • Severance Packages: To Accept or Not Accept?
  • 2017
  • LaRosa & Associates' Newsletter
  • Have I Been Wrongfully Terminated?
  • 2016
  • LaRosa & Associates' Newsletter
  • How Anti-Retaliation Laws Protect You
  • 2016
  • LaRosa & Associates' Newsletter
  • Steps to Take If You Experience Harassment at Work
  • 2015
  • LaRosa & Associates' Newsletter
  • Discrimination in the Workplace: Protected Classes
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Moot Court Program (2004-2009)
  • Oral Argument for First Year Law Students
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a very intelligent and ethical attorney who gives personal attention to all his clients. I highly endorse him!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his skill, thorough preparation, professionalism, hard work and dedication to his clients' best interests. John has quietly elevated himself to the top rung of Delaware (and Pennsylvania and New Jersey) lawyers in his specialty areas - most of his clients are very pleased with the results he gets for them."
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