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Peter Zarella

Connecticut Supreme Court
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Justice Peter T. Zarella was born October 13, 1948 and graduated from Xavier High School in Concord, Massachusetts in 1967. Justice Zarella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University, Massachusetts, 1972 and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1975. He received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2007. Justice Zarella was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1975, the Connecticut Bar in 1977, the U.S. District Courts in Massachusetts in 1976, the U.S. District Court in Connecticut in 1977, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985 and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1990. He was in the private practice of law from 1977 to 1996 and was a partner in the Hartford firm of Brown, Paindiris & Zarella from 1978 until his appointment as a Superior Court Judge in 1996.

Justice Zarella served as a Judge of the Superior Court from 1996 to 2000 and was elevated to Judge of the Appellate Court in 2000. He was nominated by Governor John G. Rowland as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on January 4, 2001 and was sworn in on January 22, 2001.

Justice Zarella’s professional affiliations include his service on the Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee, from 1985 to 1990; the Connecticut Bar Association, Banking Law Committee from 1990 to 1994; the American Cancer Society, Bequests and Donations Committee from 1985 to 1989; Incorporator of the Stowe Day Foundation from 1985 to 1995; the Ethics Commission of the Town of West Hartford from 1992 to 1995; and the Town of West Hartford, Charter Revision Commission from 1995 to 1996. Justice Zarella was the Town Chairman, Republican Party, Town of West Hartford from 1992 to 1996, and Connecticut Counsel for the “Dole for President” Committee from 1995 to 1996.

Professional Experience
Justice
Connecticut Supreme Court
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Judge
Superior Court of Connecticut
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Partner
Brown, Paindiris & Zarella
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Education
Suffolk University Law School
Honorary Doctor of Law degree (2007)
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Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1975) | Law
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Northeastern University
B.S. (1972)
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Professional Associations
Connecticut Bar Association
Member
Current
Activities: Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee, from 1985 to 1990 Banking Law Committee from 1990 to 1994
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Town of West Hartford
Multiple positions
Current
Activities: Ethics Commission 1992-1995 Charter Revision Commission 1995-1996
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Judges of Superior Court
Executive Committee
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Appellate System
Administrative Judge
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Probate Court on Probate Court Rules
Supreme Court Liaison
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Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society
Founder and Member
- Current
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Connecticut Bar Foundation
Fellow
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Republican National Convention
Delegate from Connecticut
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“Dole for President” Committee
Connecticut Counsel
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Metropolitan District Commission
Commissioner
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Republican Party, Town of West Hartford
Town Chairman
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Stowe Day Foundation
Incorporator
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American Cancer Society
Member of Bequests and Donations Committee
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Judicial Independence at a Crossroads
Connecticut Bar Journal
Websites & Blogs
Website
Court biography
Website
Connecticut Supreme Court
Contact & Map
Connecticut Supreme Court
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
USA
Telephone: (860) 757-2200