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Adam S. Mocciolo

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Bridgeport Office
850 Main Street
P.O. Box 7006
Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
p 203.330.2128
f 203.576.8888
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 and University of Adelaide, Master of Comparative Law
  • University of Connecticut, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts
  • Languages
  • German

Adam S. Mocciolo is a multidisciplinary business lawyer.  He provides counseling and advocacy to companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to local start-ups in sophisticated, high-value matters at the intersections of many different areas of law and of clients' business operations, including:

  • full-spectrum employment law counseling, compliance and litigation, including business immigration
  • complex commercial litigation, particularly intellectual property suits, shareholder disputes and corporate veil-piercing claims
  • technology matters, including software licensing, copyrights, e-commerce transactions, and data privacy

Adam serves in leadership capacities in national, state and local bar associations, and has been named a "New Leader in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune and a "Rising Star" by Connecticut Super Lawyers.  Prior to entering the practice of law, he served on the professional staff of the United States Senate.

Representative Experience

Employment law

  • Obtained dismissal by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of a religious discrimination claim with implications for the defendant national franchisor's system-wide policies on operating hours
  • Successfully litigated a seven-figure Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection case involving a merger of a publicly-traded clean energy company
  • Counseled a global e-commerce 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
  • Advised an internationally-known research hospital on immigration and export control issues in connection with its employment of foreign physicians and staff
  • Counseled a publicly-traded consumer products company on ethics rules and public contracting regulations in connection with its employment of public university employees as endorsers
  • Advised a European financial services company on developing employment policies and agreements for use in new offices in the United States

Litigation

  • Counsel to a bank defendant in the $6 billion landmark In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation matter - generally regarded as one of the largest private antitrust cases ever litigated
  • Successfully represented a collegiate sports governing body in connection with a challenge to its authority under federal law to select athletes to represent the United States in international competition
  • Successfully defended a jewelry manufacturer from a competitor's claims of false advertising under the Lanham Act and trade secret misappropriation, obtaining withdrawal of the claims with no payment of money
  • Defended a commercial real estate developer in a $22 million corporate veil-piercing claim

Technology matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in U.S. District Court on behalf of a defendant software company on claims of misappropriation of the plaintiff's software code and breach of the parties' licensing agreement
  • Prosecuted claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation on behalf of a plaintiff parking company against the client's former information technology vendor who developed an allegedly competing software product, and negotiated and drafted resulting copyright assignment and patent license agreements forming part of the settlement transaction
  • Advised a government agency on data privacy regulations in connection with its participation in an international regulatory project for systemically important financial institutions

Reported Cases

  • 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

  • American Bar Association Section of International Law - Vice Chair, Immigration and Naturalization Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association Federal Practice Section – Executive Committee and Co-chair of the Civil Rules Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Journal - Board of Editors
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association - Co-chair of the Scholarship Committee
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Raymond E. Baldwin Inn of Court

Community Involvement

  • Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council, Inc. - board of directors
  • Cardinal Shehan Center - board of directors
  • The Discovery Museum, Inc. - board of trustees

Honors & Awards

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the Super Lawyers  "Connecticut Rising Stars" list since 2013 in the area of business litigation
  • Recipient of the 2013 Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" award