Ron LaRocca represents businesses in a wide range of matters spanning multiple practice areas, including ERISA, construction, and energy disputes.  He has experience representing businesses in a variety of commercial contexts and concentrates his practice in providing practical solutions for clients.  Ron is a member of the firm's litigation group and regularly practices before regulatory agencies and state and federal courts. 

A regular contributor to legal journals, Ron has published in the Rhode Island Bar Journal and DRI's For the Defense magazine. He has also provided numerous seminars to various trade groups, both locally and nationally, on topics ranging from insurance to constitutional due process in the public housing industry. 

The Rhode Island Bar Association awarded him the Lauren E. Jones Award for his article discussing the attorney-client privilege and its application to public bodies. Ron is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and DRI's Life, Health, and Disability Committee.  He also provides pro bono representation as part of the Rhode Island Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer's Program.

In addition to Ron's work at Pierce Atwood, he is an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. 

During law school, Ron was the Rhode Island Editor of the Roger Williams University Law Review and externed with Judge William Smith in the Rhode Island Federal District Court.

Honors & Distinctions

Rhode Island Bar Association 2010 Lauren E. Jones Award

Professional Activities

Member, DRI Life, Health and Disability Committee

Member, Reserve Officers Association

Member, Veterans of Foreign War


Eating Disorder Claims Pose Multiple Challenges Under Health Insurance Policies, DRI For the Defense, Volume 57, Number 12

A Tale of Litigation Past, Present, and Future: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, R.I. Bar Journal, Volume 62, Number 3 

The Controversy Surrounding Lyme Disease in ERISA Disability Claims, DRI, Health and Disability News, Vol. 24, Issue 4 

Interpreting Attorney-Client Privilege Under the Open Meetings Act, R.I. Bar Journal, Volume 58, Number 5

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Gladstein v. Lincoln Fin. Grp.,  2015 WL 5615173 (D.R.I. Sept. 23, 2015)
  • Dutkewych v. Standard Ins. Co., 781 F.3d 623 (1st Cir. 2015)
  • Jevelekides v. Lincoln Nat. Corp., 2015 WL 3849312 (N.D.N.Y. June 22, 2015)
  • Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada v. Diaz, 2015 WL 1826088 (D. Conn. Apr. 22, 2015)
  • deVillers v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, 2014 WL 3621228 (D.R.I. July 22, 2014)
  • Pingiaro v. Standard Ins. Co., 986 F. Supp. 2d 96, 104 (D. Mass. 2013)
  • T.G. Plastics Trading Co. Inc. v. Toray Plastics (Am.), Inc., 958 F. Supp. 2d 315, 331 (D.R.I. 2013)
  • Empire Acquisition Group, LLC v. Atl. Mortg. Co., 35 A.3d 878 (R.I. 2012)
  • Claire A. Parker v. Marsha Byrne, 996 A.2d 627 (R.I. 2010)