Leo M. LaRocca handles a wide range of real estate litigation and transactional matters for Niven & Smith, LLP. In more than 35 years as an attorney, Mr. LaRocca has built a reputation among colleagues for exceptional legal skills and high ethical standards. He can often be found in the Superior Courts of Northern California advocating for his client's interests.
After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree, Mr. LaRocca obtained his legal education at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He was a member of the Roger Traynor Honor Society, which recognizes law students who demonstrate particular academic excellence. He was admitted to the practice of law by the California State Bar in 1984.
Mr. LaRocca’s litigation experience includes construction claims and residential and commercial real estate disputes. In addition, he has represented real estate brokers in claims involving their professional responsibilities. He has also handled many complex matters involving partnership disputes, including claims among partners in real estate ventures. These cases often involve numerous competing legal claims and cross-claims that require careful negotiations to find common ground among multiple parties.
Landlord-tenant disputes make up another significant portion of Mr. LaRocca’s practice. He represents many commercial real estate owners, helping them negotiate lease agreements and enforce their rights. He has also advocated for the rights of residential tenants in claims involving habitability issues and wrongful eviction.