About Us

Winona W. Zimberlin

• Social security disability
• Long term disability, veterans disability, education law
• Higher education law
• Special education
• Frequent lecturer on education and disability topics
• Member of the Connecticut Bar Association
• Chair and founder, Education Law Committee
• Member, Disability Law Section
• Member, Administrative Law Section
• Member, the Hartford County Bar Association, former chair, Education Law Committee
• Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s
• Speaker at NOSSCR on cross-examining Vocational Experts
• Member, National Organization of Veterans Advocates
• Small claims Magistrate for the State of Connecticut
• Past hearing officer for the Department of Education, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Mental Retardation
• B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975
• J.D. degree summa cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in 1980, graduating #1 in her class, and where she served as an editor on Law Review.
• Law clerk for Chief Justice Joseph Bogdanski of the Connecticut Supreme Court
• Past adjunct professor at Western New England School of Law
• Rated as a “Top Lawyer” in Hartford Magazine, April 2010
• Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Federal Circuit.


Connecticut Lawyers’ Deskbook 3rd Ed., (2008), Law First Publishing, chapter 20, Education Law

Who’s Reading Johnny’s School Records?, GP Solo, April/May 2006, Vol. 23, No.3

Who’s Reading Your Child’s School Records? Are They Really Private?, Connecticut Lawyer, March 2007, Vol.17, No. 6

Russell D. Zimberlin

Russell D. Zimberlin always wanted to be a lawyer standing up for people who grievously suffered physically and financially by careless individuals. This is why Russell is especially honored to be a part of the Zimberlin Law team, representing claimants in Veterans Disability, Connecticut State Employee Disability Retirement, Social Security Disability/SSI, and ERISA/Non-ERISA based Long-Term Disability Insurance plans. At the firm, Russ works very hard in all stages of litigation trying to achieve optimal results for his clients, all while keeping them informed throughout the process.

Russell’s solid work ethic and passion for the law was evident in school, where he graduated from New England Law | Boston near the top of his class and earned Dean’s list honors every semester. Hitting the books, however, couldn’t keep Russell out of the court room, where he was exposed to high stakes litigation and trials both as a law clerk and during his hands on clinic work.

In his spare time, Russell can be found exploring Hartford and taking in the City’s diverse culture and character (not to mention all the great food). Russell also enjoys watching sports, playing basketball, hiking, biking, reading, and has completed a marathon. Finally, Russell tries to give back to the community by providing pro bono legal representation, guest speaking to fellow attorneys and the general population about issues impacting disability law. Russell stays engaged in the community by being a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Manchester Bar Association.

Bar and court admission
1) Connecticut
2) Department of Veterans Affairs

1) New England Law | Boston
a. Juris Doctor, 2015
b. Dean’s List
2) Temple University
a. Bachelors of Science, 2007
b. Minor: Business

Professional Associations and Memberships
1) Hartford County Bar Association, 2015
2) Connecticut Bar Association, 2015
3) Manchester Bar Association, 2015

Speaking Engagements
1) “Social Security Disability/SSI basics” CT Zebras is an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome support group for adults and children with EDS, who live in CT, NY, and MA. September 2015
2) “Problems with the Medical Examining Board and disabled Connecticut state employees” Connecticut Bar Association, Administrative Law Section. September 2015

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