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Adam S. Mocciolo

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
  • 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 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, 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

Intellectual Property, Technology and Data Privacy 

  • 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 misappropriation of the plaintiff's software code and breach of the parties' licensing agreement
  • Advised a convention organizer on trademark rights in a dispute with the client's former co-venturer, defended the client in a related trademark infringement suit, and negotiated a settlement that allowed the client to continue to use the disputed mark at a critical juncture in the maturation of its business
  • Negotiated and drafted a copyright assignment and patent license on behalf of a manufacturer of software for managing parking operations
  • Advised a government agency on data privacy regulations in connection with its participation in an international regulatory project for systemically important financial institutions


  • 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
  • Represented a publicly-traded cable television provider in a highly-publicized dispute with a broadcaster over a recarriage agreement for television programming 

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 employer 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

  • 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 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

Community Involvement

  • Cardinal Shehan Center - board of directors
  • Discovery Museum, Inc. - board of trustees
  • 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 area of business litigation
  • Recipient of the 2013 Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" award