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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 (Germany) and University of Adelaide (Australia), Master of Comparative Law
  • University of Connecticut, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts
  • Languages
  • German

Adam S. Mocciolo is an interdisciplinary business lawyer focusing on unique, complex and high-value challenges that cross a wide variety of legal disciplines and client operations. He provides “business solutions first” counseling, and forceful advocacy, to companies in areas including:

  • Technology, communications, and data privacy matters
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporate matters, including governance and merger issues, shareholder disputes, and corporate veil-piercing
  • Commercial disputes, including contract claims, business torts, and antitrust and trade regulation matters
  • Employment law
  • Business immigration
  • Regulatory compliance related to all of the above

Adam serves in leadership capacities in national, state, and local bar associations, has been named a “New Leader in the law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune and a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, and 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

Technology, Communications and Data Privacy

  • Successfully represented a cable television provider in connection with its renewal of a recarriage agreement with a network broadcaster 
  • Obtained dismissal of a putative class-action claim against a client cable television provider relating to state utility commission billing regulations 
  • Advised a government agency on data privacy regulations in connection with its participation in an international regulatory project for systemically important financial institutions

Intellectual Property and Trade Regulation

  • Counseled a convention organizer on trademark rights and negotiated an agreement with the client’s former co-venturer that allowed the client to continue to use a disputed mark at a crucial juncture in the maturation of its business 
  • Prosecuted multiple trademark opposition matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of masonry supply company against the client’s former co-venturer 
  • Negotiated a major copyright assignment and patent transaction on behalf of a manufacturer of software for managing parking operations

Regulatory Matters

  • Counseled the owner of an electricity-generating facility in a dispute related to utility regulations for seasonal pricing of electricity supply
  • Advised a national bank on compliance with federal regulations regarding consumer overdraft fees
  • Successfully represented a collegiate sports governing body in connection with a challenge to its authority under federal regulations to select athletes to represent the United States in international competition
  • Counseled an internationally-known teaching hospital on complying with export-control regulations in its employment of foreign-national physicians and researchers

Corporate Matters

  • Counsel to the directors and officers of a large specialty medical practice in connection with a shareholder’s objections to sale of the practice to a national healthcare company
  • Advised a closely-held energy supply company on shareholder buyouts to break a protracted impasse in corporate business
  • Successfully represented the general partner of a real estate development partnership in an intra-partnership challenge to its authority to carry out a $48 million property transaction 
  • Successfully litigated a seven-figure Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower protection case involving a merger of a publicly-traded energy company

Commercial Disputes and Complex 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 defended a jewelry manufacturer in a dispute widely reported in the news media concerning a competitor's claims of false advertising and trade-secret misappropriation
  • Represent a group of grocery distributors in a large contractual dispute with a food producer over their distribution agreements

Employment Law

  • Obtained affirmance by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of a summary judgment ruling in favor of a client school district on an administrator’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 policies on operating hours
  • Advised numerous financial, manufacturing, high technology, and medical and professional services companies on employment issues, and negotiated related contracts, including for highly-compensated executives and in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border contexts

  • Successfully litigated a seven-figure Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower protection case involving a merger of a publicly-traded energy company

Business Immigration

  • Counseled 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 
  • Obtained numerous employment-based visas – including L-1s, H-1Bs, permanent resident visas and others – on behalf of employers in industries such as finance, technology, healthcare, e-commerce, and manufacturing

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 - Co-chair of the Scholarship Committee
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Raymond E. Baldwin Inn of Court
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals - Certified Information Privacy Professional

Community Involvement

  • Cardinal Shehan Center - 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 to the Super Lawyers  "Connecticut Rising Stars" list yearly since 2013 in the areas of business litigation, employment & labor, intellectual property and immigration
  • 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