Pennsylvania

P: 610.828.3334 (Direct)

P: 610.828.3339 (Main)

F: 610.828.3347

E: clabletta@lablettawalters.com

Christian P. LaBletta
Partner

 For the past eighteen years, Mr. LaBletta has dedicated his practice to the defense of insurance companies.  He has been involved in all aspects of evaluating and defending insurance claims, including interpreting policy provisions, issuing complex coverage decisions, and preparing declaratory judgment actions.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal court. 

In addition, Mr. LaBletta routinely investigates and prosecutes insurance fraud claims on behalf of his clients.  His work in insurance fraud often requires him to work closely with the Special Investigations Unit as well as local law enforcement.  Mr. LaBletta routinely conducts Examinations Under Oath and prepares complaints and counterclaims for insurance fraud.  Mr. LaBletta also advises clients on significant bad faith issues and extra-contractual matters.  He frequently lectures to insurance companies on practical methods to successfully defeat bad faith claims and reduce overall bad faith exposure. 

 

He has extensive appellate advocacy experience.  He has argued multiple appeals before The Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and briefed appeals submitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

In law school, Mr. LaBletta was an Editor and Senior Editor for the Dickinson Law Review.

From 2010 through 2017, he was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star by

Philadelphia Magazine.  Only 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys who are 40 years of age or

younger or have been practicing for less than ten years are selected each year as a Rising Star. 

 

In 2015, Mr. LaBletta was selected by Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.  Less than 1% of all attorneys in the country are invited to join this organization and membership is limited to 100 attorneys in each state.  Membership is extremely selective, carefully screened and limited to the most qualified and accomplished attorneys in the United States.

In 2016, Mr. LaBletta was selected for membership into Top American Lawyers.  Each candidate for membership is vigorously screened to ensure that they demonstrate the skills, aptitude, and competence necessary to be admitted into Top American Lawyers.  In fact, less than 1% of all attorneys are ever granted membership into this organization. 

In 2019, Mr. LaBletta was named among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®. Selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the most exceptional Civil Defense Litigators throughout the nation.  Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state receive this honor and are selected for membership. Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of litigators in the community.

Education

  • The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2002

  • Fordham University, B.A., Philosophy, 1999

Admissions

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 

New Jersey

P: 732.387.1011 (Direct)

P: 732.387.1010 (Main)

F: 732.387.1015

E: mwalters@lablettawalters.com

Mark J. Walters
Managing Partner

Mark J. Walters is the Managing Partner of LaBletta & Walters LLC and heads the firm's New Jersey office located in Eatontown, New Jersey.  Mr. Walters represents clients in all aspects and phases of litigation.

 

Mr. Walters has successfully tried numerous jury and bench trials to verdict.  He has also successfully litigated cases in the New Jersey Appellate Division, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He frequently designs programs and presents to clients, attorneys and claims professionals on current issues in claims handling, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, general litigation and trial strategy.

 

Although he has broad experience, Mr. Walters has developed an expertise representing insurers in litigation arising from catastrophic losses, including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  In 2017, he authored an article titled “The Problems With Harvey,” which explored the practical and legal issues created by Hurricane Harvey.  This article was selected as the cover story for Claim Litigation Management Magazine and was distributed to over 35,000 insurance claim professionals nationwide.

             

In 2012, Mr. Walters was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine.  Only 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger or have been practicing for less than ten years are selected each year as a Rising Star.  From 2018 through 2020, Mr. Walters was named a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine, an honor bestowed upon no more than 5% of practicing attorneys in each state.  In 2018 and 2019, Mr. Walters was also named a “Monmouth County Top Lawyer” by Monmouth Health & Life Magazine.  The “Top Lawyer” distinction was the result of a peer-review survey of more than 1,800 lawyers who practice in Monmouth County, New Jersey.   

 

Mr. Walters graduated with honors from Villanova University School of Law.  He also received the American Bar Association's Award for Top Student at Villanova in the areas of Land Use Planning Law and Local Government Law.

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2002, cum laude

  • American University, B.S., Political Science, 1997

Admissions

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

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New Jersey

P: 732.387.1010 (Main)

F: 732.387.1015

E: jcofrancesco@lablettawalters.com

Jarrod C. Cofrancesco
Partner

For the past 14 years, Mr. Cofrancesco has acted as vice president and general counsel to Grinnell Enterprises and Golden Dome Materials.  At Grinnell and Golden Dome Materials, Mr. Cofrancesco oversees and advises a group of privately held businesses, employing more than 200 individuals, involved in product manufacturing, public contracts, commercial real estate, land development and restaurant holdings.

Mr. Cofrancesco is a skilled business and transactional attorney, with vast experience in counseling and advising corporations and executives on effective strategies to increase profitability and assess and minimize risk.  In addition to his business and transactional experience, Mr. Cofrancesco is an accomplished trial lawyer.  Since 2003, Mr. Cofrancesco has acted as the assistant municipal prosecutor for Sussex County, New Jersey where he has handled countless cases involving assault, drugs, and motor vehicle offenses.  Since 2009, Mr. Cofrancesco has also maintained his own law practice in Sparta, New Jersey where he represent clients in corporate matters, real estate transactions, commercial transactions and estate planning.

In 2006, Mr. Cofrancesco was named a Rising Star and recognized as one of the Top Young Lawyers in New Jersey by Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 2.5% of New Jersey attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger or have been practicing for less than ten years are selected each year as a Rising Star.  In 2009, the New Jersey Herald named Mr. Cofrancesco to its highly selective 20 under 40 in the State of New Jersey.

While maintaining a busy law practice and acting as general counsel for two companies, Mr. Cofrancesco also dedicates significant time to service in his community.  Since 2013, he has been the president of the board of education for Sussex County Technical School.  From 2012 until 2016, Mr. Cofrancesco was the president of the Sussex County YMCA and was awarded the John C. Prizer "Layperson of the Year" for his dedication and service.

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

    • J.D. - 2002

  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

    • B.A. - 1999

    • Major: Marketing

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey, 2002

  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2002

Honors

  • Named Top Young Lawyer in New Jersey, Super Lawyers Magazine

  • Named 20 under 40 by New Jersey Herald

  • Awarded the John C. Prizer, Jr. "Layperson of the Year" by Metro YMCA of the Oranges

Pro-Bono Activities

  • President, Sussex County YMCA, 2012 to 2016

  • President, Sussex County Technical School, 2013 to Present

Past Positions

  • The Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Clerk, 2002 to 2003

  • Sussex County Prosecutor's Office, Law Clerk, 2003 to 2004

Current Employment Position

  • Assistant Municipal Prosecutor, Sussex County, New Jersey

  • Owner, Jarrod C. Cofrancesco, Attorney at Law

  • Of Counsel, LaBletta & Walters LLC

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Pennsylvania

P: 610.772.8080(Direct)

P: 610.828.3339(Main)

F: 610.828.3347

E: nlabletta@lablettawalters.com

Nicole B. LaBletta
Partner

For the past twenty years, Nicole has litigated a variety of matters enforcing or defending both real and personal property rights as it relates to property damage, estates of decedents, incapacitated persons, minors, and most recently in the area of mortgage foreclosures.   In this capacity, Nicole has conducted numerous bench trials, arbitrations, and mediations, in both state and federal court, and has prepared and argued countless motions with favorable results for her clients.

In conjunction with her litigation practice related to estates of decedents, incapacitated persons, and minors, Nicole maintains an estate planning practice, where she enjoys helping clients leave a legacy for their families and plan for their future.   In 2012, Nicole was named a Rising Star for Estate Litigation.

Nicole is conversant in French and Italian and is learning Spanish.  In her spare time, Nicole has maintained leadership roles in various volunteer organizations as a way to give back to the community.

EDUCATION

  • Fordham Law School, New York, NY

  • J.D. 2001

  • Member, International Law Journal

  • College of the Holy Cross

  • B.A.-1998, Magna Cum Laude

  • Major: Classics

  • Awards: Edna Dwyer Grzebien Prize for Proficiency in Modern Language

 BAR ADMISSION:

  • Pennsylvania

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court for all Districts of Pennsylvania

  • US District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey

  • US District Court and Bankruptcy Court for all Districts of New York

  

PUBLICATION:

“If Per Se is Dying, Why Not in TV Tying?” A Case for Adopting the Rule of Reason Standard in Television Block-Booking Arrangements, in Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. XII, No. 1 (2001).

MEMBERSHIP  

Member, Montgomery County Bar Association, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law

HONORS

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, Philadelphia Magazine

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT POSITION


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