Partner - Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
York office and has nearly 25 years' experience in complex and commercial litigation, with a longstanding emphasis on IP litigation. He has repeatedly appeared as lead trial and appellate counsel in high-stakes IP litigations and has conducted many trials through to decision. These cases have involved products with, in aggregate, several billions of dollars of annual sales, while one resulted in an award of attorneys' fees to his client believed to be the largest in such a case to date.
Mr Viola also has extensive appellate experience, including in the Federal Circuit, the Second Circuit and the Fifth Circuit. He has counselled clients and litigated cases in the trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret areas. His experience encompasses a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical development, manufacturing and distribution, consumer goods, luxury brands, computer hardware and software development, wholesale distribution and medical and surgical devices.
He has successfully:
• represented a client charged with violating an injunction entered as part of a settlement in a Lanham Act case. The injunction was vacated both retroactively and prospectively. The decision was upheld on appeal;
• defended a Lanham Act repackaging case which made
• new law. The case was won on summary judgment and through appeal;
• defended a wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals in several trademark cases involving various products where it was alleged that the products were rendered non-genuine for failure to adhere to the manufacturer's quality control strictures or for removal of the batch and date codes; and
• represented a plaintiff clothing manufacturer in a suit alleging trademark infringement by another clothing manufacturer.
Mr Viola is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law School (JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif 1987) and of Fordham University (BA, magna cum laude 1984, concentration in computer science).