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Todd Zinicola is a former Assistant Public Defender for Fairfax County. During his legal career, he has defended clients charged with misdemeanor crimes and traffic offenses including Reckless Driving and Speeding, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), and Hit and Run. His felony experience includes Grand Larceny, Fraud, Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Controlled Substances, Burglary, Robbery, and Sex Offenses.

Mr. Zinicola has tried cases before over a dozen juries and has represented clients in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. He shared his expertise at the Fairfax Bar Association’s 2011 Seminar on DUI Defense as a guest speaker.

Mr. Zinicola is a lifelong resident of Fairfax County. He grew up in Reston and attended South Lakes High School. He graduated from James Madison University in 2000 with a degree in business and earned his law degree cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia in 2004.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    11 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    11 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 20%
    11 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    11 years
  5. Personal Injury: 5%
    6 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan D. Esten

    I worked with Mr. Zinicola when I began at the Public Defender's office in 2007, and have been friends with him since then. As an incredibly well-respected member of the defense bar, and founder of an incredible law firm, Mr. Zinicola is a well rounded attorney and skilled advocate. Where Mr. Zinicola is unmatched is in his communication skills. I have seen T.Z. take the most complex cases and communicate his client's side simply and clearly to the prosecution, the judge, or the jury in a way that seems effortless for him, but no one else could imitate. It is his inborn skill, but one he hones to perfection through preparation, knowledge of the law, and carefully working with his clients to determine the target outcome.


    Jonathan Esten Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lysandra Pachuta

    Todd is an excellent attorney and respected member of the Northern Virginia legal community. He fights hard in every case and gets excellent results for his clients.


    Lysandra Pachuta Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Elders, Zinicola & Blanch, PLLC

4085 Chain Bridge Rd Ste 302
Fairfax, VA, 22030-4106


VAAuthorized to practice law200409/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerElders, Zinicola & Blanch, PLLC2008 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderOffice Of The Public Defender Fairfax County2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fairfax Bar AssociationAttorney Member2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Assault on Law Enforcement (2 counts)Dismissed
Domestic Assault and StrangulationNot guilty verdict
Reckless Driving 91mph/55zoneamended to improper driving infraction
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
James Madison UniversityMarketingBachelor of Business Administration2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fairfax Bar Association Annual DUI CLEDUI/DWI2011