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Adam S. Mocciolo

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Stamford Office
281 Tresser Boulevard, Suite 1000
Two Stamford Plaza, 10th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901-3262
p 203.330.2128
f 203.576.8888
Second Office
Bridgeport - 203.330.2000
Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Education
  • Harvard University, Master in Public Policy
  • Mannheim University (Germany) and University of Adelaide (Australia), Master of Comparative Law
  • University of Connecticut, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts
  • Languages
  • German

Adam S. Mocciolo provides “business-first” counseling and advocacy to clients in sophisticated employment matters, including advice on hiring, termination, compliance, and human resources policies; litigation in multiple federal- and state-court jurisdictions; internal investigations; business immigration; and cross-border employment law issues. He also works in related multi-disciplinary legal matters including intellectual property, data privacy, and corporate transactions. He represents clients in financial services, technology, e-commerce, telecommunications, medical and biotechnology, manufacturing, and professional services industries, among others.

Adam has served in leadership capacities in national, state, and local bar association, has been named a “New Leader in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune and a “Connecticut Super Lawyer in employment law, and he holds the highest peer-review rating – “AV Preeminent” – from Martindale Hubbell.

Prior to entering the practice of law, he served on the professional staff of the United States Senate.

Representative Experience

 Employment litigation

  • Obtained affirmance by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of a summary judgment ruling in favor of a client school district on a school principal’s retaliation claim
  • Obtained dismissal by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of a religious discrimination claim with implications for the client national franchisor’s system-wide polices on operating hours
  • Successfully litigated a seven-figure whistleblower retaliation lawsuit under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by a corporate executive, arising from a disputed merger transaction of a publicly-traded energy company
  • Counsel to a group of grocery distributors in a statewide putative independent-contractor misclassification suit

 Employment counseling

  • Advised a European financial services firm on the development and rollout of human resources policies and employment agreements for its newly-established office in the United States
  • Counseled an executive of a United Kingdom bank on a cross-border retaliation claim involving the intersection of U.K. and U.S. employment law
  • Advise employers on hiring and termination issues, contract terms, and restrictive covenant issues, including for highly-compensated executives and professionals, and negotiate same with opposing parties and counsel
  • Counsel clients on wage-and-hour, leave, discipline, training, and benefits matters, and draft related employment policies and critical documents

Internal investigations

  • Conducted internal investigation of race discrimination claims for client road construction firm
  • Provide training to client human resources personnel and in-house lawyers on investigative techniques and related ethical considerations

Business immigration

  • Advised a global technology company on employment eligibility issues and personnel transfers arising from relocation of its corporate base to the United States and its acquisitions of multiple foreign subsidiaries
  • Routinely counsel business clients and investors on employment-based immigration matters including H-1B and L-1 visas, labor certification and permanent resident sponsorship, and I-9 compliance

Related cross-disciplinary legal matters

  • Counsel clients in data privacy matters, including employee privacy and emerging GDPR compliance issues
  • Successfully prosecuted claims for trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement against a software client’s information technology vendor who created a competing product
  • Advised an internationally-known teaching hospital on complying with export-control regulations in its employment of foreign-national physicians and researchers
  • Counseled a global apparel company on ethics and government contracting regulations in connection with its employment of public university sports coaches as product endorsers
  • Successfully represented a client transportation company in a suit by competing heirs to a deceased employee’s qualified retirement account
  • Serve as a volunteer mediator to the Connecticut Office of Public Hearings, including in employment discrimination and whistleblower matters

Reported Cases

  • Perez-Dickson v. Bridgeport Board of Education, ___ Fed. Appx. ___ , 2017 WL 362771 (2d Cir. 2017)
  • Goins v. Bridgeport Hospital, 555 Fed. Appx. 70 (2d Cir. 2014)
  • In re Payment Card Interchange Fee & Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, 986 F. Supp. 2d 207  (E.D.N.Y. 2013)
  • Sedona Corp. v. Open Solutions, Inc., 646 F.Supp.2d 262 (D.Conn. 2009)

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association Federal Practice Section – Executive Committee and co-chair of the Civil Practice Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Journal - Board of Editors
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association - board of directors; co-chair, Scholarship Committee
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Raymond E. Baldwin Inn of Court
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals - Certified Information Privacy Professional

Community Involvement

  • Cardinal Shehan Center, Inc. - board of directors
  • Harvard Club of Fairfield County – board of directors
  • World Affairs Forum, Inc.– board of directors

Honors & Awards

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Connecticut "Super Lawyer" in 2017 in the areas of employment & labor, business litigation, intellectual property, and immigration (previously named a "Rising Star" from 2013-2016)
  • Recipient of the 2013 Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" award
  • Named to the American Institute of Legal Counsel's 'Ten Best' list for client satisfaction among Connecticut immigration attorneys