Armand J. (A.J.) Zottola

Armand Zottola

Working at the intersection of commerce and technology, A.J. Zottola focuses his practice on the exploitation of intellectual property, intangible, and technology assets in business and strategic relationships. A.J. is co-chair of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice Group and has in-depth knowledge that facilitates the drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of corporate and IP agreements. A.J. also counsels Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, associations, and mid-size, start-up, and private businesses on IP and trade secret protection, management, and exploitation. He consults on a wide range of privacy, e-commerce, data, technology, and related government contract and commercial issues. 

In addition, A.J. performs prosecution, counseling, and management of U.S. and foreign trademarks and copyrights, and offers counseling and informal dispute resolution assistance for contract disputes. 

Having worked exclusively in the technology space since the beginning of the Internet age, A.J. has extensive experience in the areas of: 

  • E-commerce 
  • Supply and procurement
  • Software, data, and technology licensing and transfers
  • Outsourcing, professional, consulting, and Internet-enabled service arrangements
  • Distribution, supply, reseller, and manufacturing arrangements
  • E-commerce, information technology, data processing, and proprietary information agreements
  • Strategic partnerships and alliances
  • New media and digital property agreements 
  • Privacy policies and data collection and sharing agreements
  • Co-branding/marketing agreements, publishing agreements, and franchising agreements and networks
  • Technology and intellectual property due diligence
  • Mergers, sales, dispositions, and acquisitions
  • Trademark and copyright prosecution

A.J. is a frequent author and presenter on numerous technology, data, and intellectual property issues. 



Government Experience




    • J.D. cum laude Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 1997
      • Editorial Assistant, Catholic University Law Review
      • Intellectual Property Summer Institute, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH, 1995
    • B.A. Bucknell University 1992

    Bar Admissions

    • Maryland
    • District of Columbia


    • The Best Lawyers in America, Technology Law, 2014 – 2023
    • Chambers USA, Technology & Outsourcing (Band 3), Washington, DC, 2012 – 2016
    • Legal 500
      • Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology Transactions, 2011 – 2024
      • Media, Technology and Telecoms – Outsourcing , 2016 – 2021
    • Corporate LiveWire Global Awards, Excellence in IP Law Services, 2017
    • Intellectual Property Transactions Group (Venable was ranked by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as Tier 1 for Technology Law in the National and Washington, DC regions.)