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About Me

I have practiced law for 29 years, doing a diversified civil practice. I am spending most of my time time representing people with disabilites and students. I represent people trying to obtain social security disability benefits, long term disability or veterans disability. I represent students in all kinds of disputes with schools; public and private, from elementary school to college.This includes students in special education and regular education. It includes disputes about appropriate programming, bullying, expulsions and claims of academic misconduct.


I take a personal, hands-on approach to all my cases. This is a small law office where all clients gets individual attention. Along with a team of dedicated paralegals, we concentrate on getting the best result possible for your case.


I am admittied to the Connecticut Bar, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Federal Circuit.


Practice Areas


  1. Social Security: 60%
    21 years
  2. Education: 20%
    26 years
  3. Insurance: 10%
    35 years
  4. Litigation: 5%
    35 years
  5. Military Law: 5%
    13 years



Contingent (20-33%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Diane Marie Sauer

    I endorse this lawyer. We have worked together and have exchanged ideas many times. We have also been speakers at a number of seminars together. I can vouch for her knowledge of the law and the intricacies of Social Security disability practice.


    Diane Sauer Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2 Congress Street
Hartford, CT, 06114



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Recognition as a "Top Lawyer"Hartford Magazine2010
Nathan Burkan Competition, First PlaceWestern New England School of Law1979
Client Counseling competitionWestern New England Law School1979
Book AwardWestern New England School of Law1978
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Winona W. Zimberlin1994 - Present
Magistrate, small claims and motor vehicleConnecticut Judicial Department1987 - Present
Hearing OfficerBureau of Rehabilitation Services1995 - 1998
Hearing OfficerDepartment of Mental Retardation1994 - 2000
Hearing OfficerConnecticut Department of Education1990 - 1995
Adjunct ProfessorWestern New England College School of Law1987 - 1987
Law ClerkConnecticut Supreme Court1980 - 1981
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Connecticut Bar Association, Administrative Law SectionSecretary2008 - Present
Glastonbury Economic Development CommisionVice-Chair2008 - Present
Hartford County Bar AssociationChair, Education Law Committee2006 - 2008
Connecticut Bar AssociationChair and founder, Education Law Committee1994 - Present
Connecticut Magistrates AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Glastonbury Business and Professional Women's AssociationPast PresidentN/A
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ RepresentativesmemberN/A
National Organization of Veterans' AdvocatesmemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Connecticut State Disability RetirementDisability pension granted
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Publication NameTitleDate
Connecticut Lawyers DeskbookEducation Law2008
Connecticut LawyerWho's Reading Your Child's School Records? Are they Really Private?2007
American Bar AssociationWho's Reading Johnny's School Records?2006
Western New England Law ReviewThe Copyright Act and Law Reviews1980
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western New England College School of LawLaw - summa cum laudeJD - Juris Doctor1980
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityPolitics & Government; Social WelfareBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Social Security DisabilitySocial Security Disability2008
Connecticut Special Education LawConnecticut Special Education Law2008
Social Security DisabilitySocial Security Disability2007
An Introduction to Veterans Disability LawVeteran's Disability Law2007
Individuals With Disabilities Education Act ReauthorizationIDEA Discipline, IEP Team Meetings2005
IDEA Reauthorization in ConnecticutSpecial Education2005
Professional Boundaries and Liability in Connecticut SchoolsFirst Amendment Rights of Students2004
Guidance Counselor seminarConfidentiality Issues Involving Students2004
Discipline of Students With Special Needs in ConnecticutStudent Discipline2002
Enforcing IDEA - Cutting Edge Developments in Education LawIndividuals With Disabilities Education Act2001
Connecticut Individuals With Disabilities Education ActSpecial Education Due Process2000
Advanced Issues in Education LawEducation Law1998
Expulsions - Honig Injunctions and SuspensionsStudent Expulsions1997
Education Law - Navigating the Maze of Education HearingsEducation Hearings1997