Lorisa D. LaRocca

Partner

Lorisa D. LaRocca

Partner

Contact

Direct: 585-987-2834
Fax: 585-445-2334
llarocca@woodsoviatt.com
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At a Glance

Lorisa LaRocca is a Partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Department, where she is the Practice Leader of the firm's Employment & Counseling group. In this capacity Lorisa concentrates her practice in all areas of labor and employment counseling and litigation. She routinely counsels organizations on all employment related matters, conducts employer trainings, represents clients in Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor investigations, audits, drafts and reviews employee handbooks, employment contracts and other employment related policies, and provides guidance to business clients on HR best practices. Lorisa has also developed a niche representing physicians in negotiations of their employment agreements and practice purchases.

In addition to her labor practice, Lorisa has developed a substantial estate litigation practice, as well as contested and uncontested Article 81 Guardianship matters. She also manages a growing estate planning practice, which includes a focus on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, traditional and non-traditional planning options.

Education

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., J.D.

Bar Admissions

State of New York

United States District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Key Representative Matters

  • Works with local, national and international for-profit and not-for-profit business clients in drafting and implementing their employment policies, reviewing exempt and non-exempt classification issues, auditing payroll practice policies, assisting in conducting employee investigations and terminations and litigating employment matters, including but not limited to, enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.
  • Regularly represents clients in cases involving the New York State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the State and Federal Departments of Labor, as well as other State and Federal agencies.
  • Represents clients in both seeking and opposing Article 81 Guardianships.
  • Successfully represented a widow at the United States Court for the Second Circuit of Appeals in securing ERISA benefits from the decedents former employer.
  • Represents many clients in estate related litigation, including successfully representing two national and international museums in obtaining over $1.5 million in artwork from an estate, as well as other Surrogate Court matters.
  • Maintains a a growing estate planning practice, which includes a focus on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, traditional and non-traditional planning options.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Monroe County and New York State Bar Associations.

Honors

  • Named a Top Woman in Law by The Daily Record
  • Recognized by the Rochester Women's Network as one of Rochester's “Up and Coming Businesswomen" and as an “Up and Coming Attorney" in the Rochester area.
  • Named a "Forty Under 40" recipient by the Rochester Business Journal.
  • Received UB Law's Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial Technique.

Other

  • Authored a "Human Resource Audit Guide" on behalf of the firm.
  • Past speaker for Monroe County Bar Association, Sterling Educational Services and Woods Oviatt sponsored client seminars as well as several other organizations.
  • Selected for the Inaugural Class of Monroe County Bar Association's "REBL's"- Rochester's Emerging Bar Leaders.

Community Involvement

  • Past President, Board of Directors for the Women's Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance
  • Former Chair of the Athena Award Committee and the Young Women of Distinction Committee of the Women's Council
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Children Awaiting Parents
  • Past Director of Programming of the National Human Resources Association, Rochester Affiliate
  • Member of Holy Cross School Advisory Committee
  • Member of UB Law's 125th Anniversary Committee
  • Youth soccer coach, Holy Cross School: COBRAS Futbol Club
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor Litigation • Employment & Non-Competition Agreements • Employment Counseling and Compliance • Estate & Trust Litigation • Guardianships • Union / Collective Bargaining • Wage & Hour Litigation • Health Care • Elder Law / Long Term Health Care and Medicaid Planning • Special Needs Planning • Asset Protection Planning • Estate & Trust Administration • Family Wealth Planning • Retirement Benefit Planning • Workplace Safety / OSHA