Vito A. Costanzo is an attorney in the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles office of Holland & Knight. He has experience in the litigation of software and technology licensing disputes, infringement and misappropriation of intellectual property rights, trade secrets, breach of contract claims, real property rights, partnership disputes, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and trust and estate litigation. Mr. Costanzo was formerly employed as a trial attorney by the Los Angeles County District Attorneys' office. He has conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials, appeals and arbitrations, and has practiced before federal and state courts in California as well as federal courts in various states.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Mr. Costanzo's representation of software companies includes litigation involving programs used in automated red light enforcement systems, digital media distribution and central system alarm systems. He has represented several clothing companies and bottling companies in trademark infringement and counterfeiting litigation. Mr. Costanzo has extensive experience in trade secrets litigation in a broad range of areas, including chemical formulations, software, customer lists and manufacturing processes.
Real Estate Litigation
Mr. Costanzo's real property litigation experience includes commercial lease disputes, contract claims, quiet title disputes and title insurance coverage. He has also litigated cases involving master plan developments and other large scale property development matters.
Mr. Costanzo has achieved numerous trial and motion victories representing employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, trade secret theft and other employment claims. Mr. Costanzo has conducted large internal investigations involving employee malfeasance, such as sexual harassment, embezzlement and misappropriation of company property.
Trust and Estate Litigation
Mr. Costanzo has represented numerous national charitable organizations in trust and will contests in various jurisdictions, including matters involving lack of capacity, undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty.
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