Overview

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

  • Complex litigation
  • Investigations and ethics
  • Employment law

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.

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

In the employment arena, he has handled Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower litigation, wage-and-hour and discrimination claims, complex noncompete issues, and immigration compliance, and advised multinational employers on hiring, termination, and compliance issues across the employee lifecycle and at all levels of client organizations.

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.

Contact Info

  • 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

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

    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

    Experience

    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 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
    • Defended 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

    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
    • 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

    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 consumer goods company on government contracting and ethics rules in connection with its sponsorship deals with public universities
    • Counseled an internationally-known teaching hospital on export control issues in connection with its employment of foreign-national staff

    Employment law matters

    • Litigated a seven-figure Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower protection case arising from a dismissed executive’s allegation of ethical violations in a corporate acquisition
    • Investigated racial and religious discrimination claims against a road construction firm with compliance implications for the company’s public contracts
    • 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 employers on development and enforcement of human resources policies, and negotiation of employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including in merger contexts and for large, multi-jurisdictional firms and international businesses expanding into the United States

    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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