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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 a multidisciplinary business lawyer.  He provides "business-solutions-first" 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' operations, particularly:

  • intellectual property, licensing, data privacy, and technology matters
  • complex commercial litigation
  • employment law, including business immigration

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 Connecticut Super Lawyers.  He holds the highest peer review rating -  "AV Preeminent" - from Martindale Hubbell, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  Prior to entering the practice of law, he served on the professional staff of the United States Senate. 

Representative Experience

Intellectual Property, Licensing, Data Privacy, and Technology

  • Negotiated and drafted a copyright assignment and patent license on behalf of a manufacturer of software for managing parking operations
  • Represented a publicly-traded cable television provider in a highly-publicized renegotiation with a broadcaster of a recarriage agreement for television programming
  • Advised 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 critical juncture in the maturation of its business
  • Advised a government agency on data privacy regulations in connection with its participation in an international regulatory project for systemically important financial institutions
  • 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
  • Successfully prosecuted trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement claims against a client's former IT vendor who surreptitiously created a competing software product
  • Prosecuted multiple trademark opposition matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of a masonry products supplier against the client's former vendor who established a competing business and attempted to co-opt the client's product names
  • Obtained summary judgment in U.S. District Court on behalf of a defendant software company on claims of breach of the parties' licensing agreement in the plaintiff's software code

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
  • Defended a commercial real estate developer in a $22 million corporate veil-piercing and fraudulent transfer case involving a complex corporate network of dozens of entities

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

Business Immigration

  • 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
  • Successfully obtained numerous L-1, H-1B, and permanent resident visas on behalf of employers in industries such as finance, technology, healthcare, e-commerce and manufacturing

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

  • 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, employmnet & 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