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Jean-Claude Labady, Esq.

Jean-Claude Labady, Esq. is an experienced trial attorney in various complex civil litigation fields but has focused his practice for the past twenty-six years mostly on personal injury and insurance defense litigation.  He is one of the managing attorneys responsible for the firm’s Newark and Hackensack offices.  Mr. Labady joined the firm in 2017 and is proud to be a part of  its high-caliber representation of clients, as well as its  trial-oriented and results-producing practice.   At the firm, his practice is focused solely on personal injury matters.

Mr. Labady attended Rutgers University where he obtained a bachelors degree with honors in political science and French.  He later obtained a Masters degree with honors in international relations, after which he taught various courses at Hudson County Community College.  Mr. Labady graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1992.  After graduation, he was successful in obtaining a much coveted clerkship with the late Honorable Reginald Stanton, Assignment Judge, Morris-Essex vicinage.  Mr. Labady then joined the firm of Donington, Karcher, Ronan & Rainone, then a large insurance defense firm in Middlesex County, where he distinguished himself not only in insurance defense matters, but also in complex civil litigation cases.   Mr. Labady then spent a good portion of his career as in in-house insurance defense attorney representing insurers and their insureds in all types of insurance coverage disputes.  He became a well-known litigator prosecuting insurance fraud claims on behalf of insurers and was successful in recouping millions of dollars on their behalf.  He prosecuted one of the largest insurance fraud matters in the State, which led to a decision of first impression on medical licensing, and eventually (shortly after his departure from in-house practice) to the published opinion in Material Damage Adjustment Corp. v. Open MRI of Fairview,  352 N.J.Super. 216 (Law Div. 2002).

As of 2001, Mr. Labady joined a firm representing providers in insurance dispute litigation and in 2003 became the senior partner of the then existing Labady & Randolph, LLC.  In that capacity, he successfully defended health care providers in insurance fraud defense matters, board hearings and insurance audits.  He also prosecuted the firm’s complex personal injury, employment and civil litigation matters, in State and Federal Courts, at the trial and appeal levels.  Since departing from Labady & Randolph, Mr. Labady’s practice has focused solely on personal injury matters in which he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in jury verdicts, settlement negotiations, private mediation, and mandatory arbitration for his clients.  Mr. Labady is known in the field of law as an affable lawyer who treats judges, fellow attorneys, clients and colleagues with a great deal of respect—but also as a tough litigator who does not hesitate to take a case to trial in order to protect his clients’ best interests.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey Supreme Court – 1992
  • District Court for the District of New Jersey – 1992
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals – 1995

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Hudson County Bar Association
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals – 1995