Overview

Vito A. Costanzo is a partner 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 both jury and non-jury trials and appeals and has practiced before federal and state courts in California, federal courts in various states, the American Arbitration Association and J.A.M.S./Endispute.

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 industries, including software consulting, title insurance and healthcare.

Mr. Costanzo's real property litigation experience includes commercial lease disputes, adverse possession and title insurance coverage. His product liability experience includes litigation involving exposure to asbestos and construction machinery defects.

Representative Civil Trials and Arbitrations

  • Defense of employer against claims of wrongful termination and interference with prospective employment (ADR Services, San Diego, seven-day arbitration)
  • Defense of lawyer against claims of negligence involving representation of clients in a tax court case (Los Angeles Superior Court, five-day jury trial)
  • Defense of an insurance company against claims of disability and racial discrimination (Los Angeles Superior Court, six-day jury trial)
  • Representation of a publicly traded beverage company in a claim involving breach of a right of first refusal and valuation of a debt instrument (Los Angeles Superior Court, five-day bench trial)
  • Representation of real estate buyers in a claim for specific performance (Los Angeles Superior Court, three-day bench trial)
  • Assisted with jury selection in representation of manufacturer of Internet testing equipment against claims for misappropriation of trade secrets (Los Angeles Superior Court, 20-day jury trial)
  • Defense of a pharmaceutical company against claims that independent contractor drivers were actually employees (San Joaquin Superior Court, five-day bench trial
  • Representation of manufacturer in trade secrets action involving chemical formula (Los Angeles Superior Court, jury trial)

Credentials

Education
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Economics
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Memberships
  • California State Bar, Business Litigation Committee
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Anne's Home, Board of Directors
  • UCLA Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • UCLA Government Relations Representative
Honors & Awards
  • Client Service All-Star, The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2014, 2016, 2017 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • UCLA Advocate of the Year, 2015

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