Angelo A. Stio III
Angelo A. Stio III is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, and a member of the firm’s Privacy, Security and Data Protection group where he regularly counsels health care, financial services and educational institution clients on data privacy and security issues.
Mr. Stio is an experienced trial attorney who litigates matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has been included in the annual New Jersey Super Lawyers lists for 2011-2014 for business litigation. He handles complex commercial disputes, class actions and derivative suits, corporate governance disputes, and college and university litigations.
Some of Mr. Stio’s representative engagements include:
Data Privacy and Security
Class Actions and Commercial Disputes
- representing a publicly traded health care provider against claims of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of state law arising from the loss of a laptop
- counseling a university on a security incident involving unauthorized access to student financial and medical records
- counseling a mortgage loan servicer with respect to a matter involving the alleged misappropriation of customer data
- assisting a life insurance company in addressing a data breach related to stolen client files
- representing a national drug store chain charged with violating the privacy rights of customers in connection with information provided on sales receipts
- defending a business in a putative class action alleging violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)
- representing an e-commerce entity in a putative class action alleging unauthorized charges for Internet purchases in violations of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and the improper interception of debit card information in violation of the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act (ECPA).
Mr. Stio is a member of the firm’s Associates Committee and Pro Bono Committee and is actively engaged in pro bono representations. As part of his pro bono work, Mr. Stio recently obtained a favorable settlement in Disability Rights of New Jersey, Inc. v. State of New Jersey, Civil No. 05-4723 (AET), where he pursued claims alleging the State was violating the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999) and was violating the due process rights of institutionalized individuals. Mr. Stio also obtained a preliminary injunction that precluded a college and its president from violating the First Amendment rights of three student newspaper reporters, Coppola v. Larson, 2006 WL 2129471 (D.N.J. 2006), and appeared before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of two individuals seeking political asylum, Li v. Attorney General of U.S., 140 Fed.Appx. 361 (3d Cir. 2005) and Miah v. Ashcroft, 346 F.3d 434 (3d Cir. 2003).
- defending a pharmaceutical company and its board members against breach of fiduciary duty and Oppressed Minority Shareholder Act claims
- defending a national bank in a class action asserting claims based on violations of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E
- defending a state charted bank in a class action asserting claims based on violations of the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
- defending an automobile finance company in a class actions based on alleged violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
- defending a pharmaceutical company in a breach of manufacturing and supply agreement involving Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code
- defending a mortgage company in a class action alleging predatory lending violations
- defending an international sports league against RICO, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims asserted by a former owner
- representing a title insurance underwriter in an injunction action against a closing agent that misappropriated escrow funds
- defending a company in a class action alleging violations of the New Jersey Shareholder Protection Act and seeking to enjoin a public exchange offer that a majority shareholder made to minority shareholders
- defending a national bank in three class actions challenging gift card fees and marketing disclosures in violation of state unfair and deceptive trade practice act laws
- defending a publicly traded company in a shareholder class action challenging a cash out merger
- defending credit card processing company in a putative class action asserting claims under the New York Consumer Protection Law
- defending a publicly traded technology company in a matter asserting antitrust and New Jersey Franchise Practices Act claims.
Mr. Stio is active outside the courtroom. He is currently serving a four-year term on the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District VII Fee Arbitration Committee. He also is a member of the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Class Action Committee, a trustee for the Mercer County Bar Association and a board member for Central Jersey Legal Services, Inc.
A frequent writer and lecturer, Mr. Stio has published articles on data privacy and security, electronic discovery, class actions and corporate law issues and has served as a speaker at the following seminars:
- “Issues in Cybersecurity,” McGladrey’s 6th Annual Investment Industry Summit (September 23, 2014)
- “Student and Alumni Litigation Update,” Pepper Hamilton/Freeh Group International Webinar Series (September 17, 2014)
- “Internal and Privilege Concerns When an Organization Is Dealing with a Data Breach,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Commercial Litigation Annual CLE Symposium (September 11, 2014)
- “Mitigating D&O Liability Exposure for Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Breaches,” Strafford Institute (July 8, 2014)
- “Transatlantic Privacy Update: U.S. vs. EU Privacy Regulations: A Comparison,” European American Chamber of Commerce New York (May 14, 2014)
- “Representing Colleges and Universities,” Philadelphia Bar Institute Program, Philadelphia, PA (April 3, 2014)
- “Uses and Abuses of Social Media: A Lawyer’s Ethical and Professional Obligations,” Mercer County Bar Association Fourteenth Annual Bench Bar Luncheon and Ethics Seminar, (March 26, 2014)
- “HACKED!! Fundamentals of Data Privacy and Security,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Commercial Litigation Annual CLE Symposium (June 25, 2013)
- “Investigating and Resolving Sexual Assaults on Campus,” Pepper Hamilton/Freeh Group International Webinar Series (March 13, 2013)
- “Class Action Litigation Update - Is it More Difficult to Certify a Class? Pepper Hamilton’s Annual Antitrust Developments Update CLE (December 13, 2012)
- “Uses and Abuses of Social Media: A Lawyer’s Ethical & Professionalism Obligations,” U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey (October 16, 2012)
- “Ethical Issues in Class Actions,” New Jersey State Bar Association, Class Action Committee (March 10, 2011)
- “Recent Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Other Developments to Keep in Mind in 2011,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute (December 17, 2010)
- “Litigation Readiness & Responsiveness: A Symposium on E-Discovery and it Impact on Corporate Governance and Litigation,” Rutgers Law School (March 16, 2009).
Mr. Stio is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.
B.S. 1988 Seton Hall University
M.P.A 1991 Seton Hall University
J.D. 1997, magna cum laude, Seton Hall Law School; articles editor, Legislative Law Journal; author, “State Government: The Laboratory for Health Care Reform”
1997-98 Law Clerk to Hon. Robert Muir, Jr., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division
Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania