Adam S. Mocciolo is an interdisciplinary commercial lawyer providing "business-solutions-first" counseling in these principal areas:
- Internal investigations
- Compliance & ethics
- Complex financial fraud and corporate governance litigation
- Employment law and business immigration
His investigations practice includes nationally prominent, highly reputationally sensitive cases, and encompasses financial malfeasance, executive misconduct, ethical issues, and human resources matters.
His litigation practice includes prosecuting widely-publicized fraud cases on behalf of creditors, litigating corporate veil-piercing and director and officer misconduct claims, white collar and regulatory defense, and disputes among investors in private companies. He has appeared in numerous federal and state jurisdictions in the United States as well as in cross-border matters, and in cases with damages claim up to ten figures.
In the employment arena, he litigates whistleblower complaints, non-compete actions, wage-and-hour and discrimination claims, and counsels employers of all sizes on workplace policies, hiring and termination, including in executive and cross-border contexts, and regarding employment-based immigration.
Adam's clients include financial services, technology, and life sciences firms, universities and charitable institutions, and private equity funds and their portfolio companies.
Adam serves in leadership capacities in national, state, and local bar associations, has been named a New England “Super Lawyer,” has received the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leader in the Law” award, and holds the highest peer-review rating – “AV Preeminent” – from Martindale Hubbell.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Adam served on the professional staff of a United States senator.
- Connecticut Bar Association Federal Practice Section – Co-Chair
- Connecticut Bar Journal - Board of Editors
- Raymond E. Baldwin Inn of Court
- German-American Chamber of Commerce, New York City
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (Certified Information Privacy Professional)
- Harvard Club of Fairfield County – President
- MetroHartford Alliance Global Business Council
Honors & Recognitions
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Named a New England “Super Lawyer” since 2017 (previously named a “Rising Star” from 2013-16) in Business Litigation
Recipient of the 2013 Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" award
- Conducted long-term, highly-publicized investigation of over a half-century of management practices of a Roman Catholic diocese in connection with its responses to sexual abuse claims against clergy, including reviewing the managerial records of several prominent cardinals and archbishops
- Investigated fraud claims against the directors and officers of a large specialty medical practice in connection with the purchase of the practice by a national healthcare company
- Investigated high-profile racial and religious discrimination claims against a multi-state road construction firm
- Frequently provides training to client personnel and in-house lawyers on investigative techniques
Compliance and ethics matters
- Advised a government agency on data privacy regulations in connection with its participation in an international regulatory project for systemically important financial institutions
- Counseled a large commercial bank on lobbying and gifting regulations in connection with its political activities
- Advised a globally-known apparel company on government contracting and ethics rules in connection with its sponsorship deals with a prominent state university athletic program
- Counseled an internationally-known teaching hospital on export control issues in connection with its employment of foreign-national staff
Financial fraud and corporate governance litigation
- Counsel to a bank defendant for nearly fifteen years in the $7 billion, landmark In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation matter over the rules for acceptance of payments on the Visa and Mastercard networks – generally regarded as one of the largest private antitrust cases ever litigated
- Lead counsel to the plaintiff in a complex of widely-reported U.S. and overseas lawsuits seeking to recover eight-figure damages from a debtor as well as claw back allegedly fraudulently conveyed assets from institutional and individual transferees in the U.S. and abroad
- Represented a commercial real estate developer in a leading corporate veil-piercing matter concerning the governance practices of a complex network of dozens of holding companies
Employment and business immigration matters
- Successfully litigated a seven-figure Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower protection case involving alleged ethics breaches in a corporate acquisition by a publicly-traded energy company
- As lead counsel for a nationwide franchisor, obtained dismissal by the EEOC of a religious discrimination claim implicating the client's system-wide policy on opening hours
- Handle all faculty immigration matters for a large university, including H-1B, J-1, and OPT counseling, outstanding professor green card petitions, labor certifications, and other permanent resident visa issues
News & Insights
- Navigating Public Scrutiny and Historical Events in Independent Investigations: Lessons from the Front Line - A University and a Diocese11.23.2020
- Webinar, 08.10.2020
- Zoom Webinar, 06.25.2020
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Bar and Court Admissions
- New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- 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