Overview

Adam S. Mocciolo is an interdisciplinary commercial lawyer providing "business-solutions-first" counseling in these principal areas:

  • Employment law
  • Investigations and ethics
  • Complex litigation

Adam advises employers across all substantive areas of employment law and all levels of client workforces, including in cross-border contexts.  He has helped clients develop their human resources systems and documentation, advised on novel employment issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic, handled Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower litigation, represented asset managers in noncompete litigation with employees and competing firms, advised global employers on mobility and immigration compliance, handled wage-and-hour class claims, appeared before numerous agencies in employment discrimination matters, and negotiated severance for executives and highly-compensated professionals.

His investigations and ethics practice includes nationally prominent, highly reputationally sensitive cases, and encompasses corporate integrity, financial malfeasance, and employee-on-employee misconduct matters.

His litigation practice includes widely-publicized fraud and asset recovery cases on behalf of both creditors and debtors with damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars, cases of first impression in corporate veil-piercing and director and officer conduct, a landmark nationwide antitrust class action, consumer class action defense, and a wide variety of intellectual property matters.

Adam serves in leadership capacities in national, state, and local bar associations.  He holds the highest peer-review rating – “AV Preeminent” – from Martindale Hubbell, and has been named a New England “Super Lawyer,” as well as received the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leader in the Law” award.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Adam served on the professional staff of a United States senator.

Office

  • Stamford
    281 Tresser Boulevard, Suite 1000
    Two Stamford Plaza, 10th Floor
    Stamford, CT 06901-3262
  • Bridgeport
    850 Main Street
    P.O. Box 7006
    Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
  • Professional Affiliations

    • 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)

    Community Involvement

    • 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

    Named a Moffly Media Top Lawyer in Fairfield County, 2021 - Immigration Law

    Experience

    Employment law matters

    • Litigated a seven-figure Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower protection case arising from a dismissed executive’s allegation of ethics violations in a corporate acquisition
    • Represented a hedge fund in litigation in multiple jurisdictions involving personnel with knowledge of high-value proprietary trading strategies
    • 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
    • Obtained affirmative by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of summary judgment in favor of a client school district on a high-profile retaliation claim by an administrator
    • Advised a European financial services company on developing its human resources system and employee documentation for a newly-established United States operation
    • Counseled a global gaming company on immigration compliance in relocation of its headquarters to the United States and acquisitions of foreign subsidiaries

    Investigations

    • Conducted long-term, highly-publicized review of management practices of a Roman Catholic diocese in responding to clerical abuse, including reviewing the managerial records of several prominent cardinals and archbishops – the first investigation of its kind conducted by independent counsel rather than criminal prosecutors
    • 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 racial and religious discrimination claims against a road construction firm with compliance implications for the company’s public contracts
    • Engaged by a state attorney general to investigate the public’s opioid claims against distributors
    • Frequently provide training to client personnel and in-house lawyers on investigative techniques

    Complex litigation

    • Counsel to a bank defendant for 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
    • Defense counsel to an ultra-high-net-worth client in connection with approximately $250 million fraud claim by an international bank allegedly arising from trading losses with margin funds furnished by the bank
    • Lead counsel to the plaintiff in a complex of widely-reported U.S. and overseas lawsuits seeking against a debtor and a university seeking to recover fraudulently-transferred assets concealed abroad
    • Defended a commercial real estate developer from a bank’s collection claims for losses on commercial mortgage-backed securities, in a leading case on corporate veil-piercing standards
    • Successfully represented a national veterans charity in fraud and civil theft claims against an attorney who embezzled donated funds

    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
    • Long-time counsel to a top-50 U.S. bank on regulatory matters for consumer accounts
    • Advised a commercial bank on lobbying and gifting compliance in its political activities
    • Counseled a globally-known consumer goods company on government contracting and ethics rules in connection with its sponsorship deals with public universities
    • Advised an internationally-known teaching hospital on export control issues in connection with its employment of foreign-national staff

    News & Insights

    Case Studies

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • 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

    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

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