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Winona W Zimberlin

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Manchester, CT

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

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About Winona

Learn Winona’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    I represent clients at the initial, reconsideration, hearing, Appeals Council, and Federal Court levels. I represent both SSD and SSI clients seeking to obtain disability benefits

    30 years

  2. Education
    I represent students in disputes with schools, including special education claims, attendance at PPTs, complaints to schools and to the state, due process, expulsions, bullying, harassment, and academic misconduct. I represent students in dispute with institutions of higher education for disciplinary matters and academic misconduct charges.

    35 years

  3. Military law
    I represent veterans in veteran's disability claims, seeking service connected disability. I represent veterans at the Regional Office level, Board of Veteran's Appeals, Court of Appeals for Veteran's Claims, and the Federal Circuit.

    22 years

  4. Insurance
    I represent individuals in many kinds of disputes with insurance companies, and am now concentrating on long term disability claims for disabled individuals. I represent disabled individuals in claims to LTD providers, and in court appeals.

    44 years

I have practiced law for 39 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 includes students in special education and regular education. It includes disputes about appropriate programming, bullying, expulsions and claims of academic misconduct.

 For veterans, I help them get increased ratings, service connection, or Unemployability. 

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.

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Zimberlin Law
267 Main Street
Manchester, CT, 06042
Zimberlin Law LLC - satellite office
2 Congress St.
Hartford, CT, 06114
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Posted by John | June 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I got SSDI because of her and the team.
Am thankful to the team for helping me get social security disability insurance.
Posted by Wendy | June 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social Security Disability
A person can file Social Security on their own but it is a long process and I know I could not have done this on my own. I was in a lot of pain, stressed, anxiety. Attorney Zimberlin is an expert in this area. The legal team sent requests for medical records from doctors, hospitals, therapy etc. I had a lot of forms to fill out and this was stressful enough. They sent everything to Social Security.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2009
Knowlegeable & dilligent
Attny Zimberblin did an excellent job. She clearly knows the law well and the politics of special education law.


  • Contingency 20%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Winona W. Zimberlin
  • 1994 - Present
  • Magistrate, small claims and motor vehicle
  • Connecticut Judicial Department
  • 1987 - Present
  • Hearing Officer
  • Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Hearing Officer
  • Department of Mental Retardation
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Hearing Officer
  • Connecticut Department of Education
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Western New England College School of Law
  • 1987 - 1987
  • Law Clerk
  • Connecticut Supreme Court
  • 1980 - 1981
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  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Connecticut State Disability Retirement
  • Disability pension granted


  • Connecticut Bar Association, Administrative Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2008 - Present
  • Glastonbury Economic Development Commision
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Chair and founder, Education Law Committee
  • 1994 - Present
  • Connecticut Magistrates Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Glastonbury Business and Professional Women's Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • member
  • N/A
  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  • member
  • N/A
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Chair, Education Law Committee
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition as a "Top Lawyer"
  • Hartford Magazine
  • 2010
  • Nathan Burkan Competition, First Place
  • Western New England School of Law
  • 1979
  • Client Counseling competition
  • Western New England Law School
  • 1979
  • Book Award
  • Western New England School of Law
  • 1978
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  • Connecticut Lawyers Deskbook
  • Education Law
  • 2008
  • Connecticut Lawyer
  • Who's Reading Your Child's School Records? Are they Really Private?
  • 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Who's Reading Johnny's School Records?
  • 2006
  • Western New England Law Review
  • The Copyright Act and Law Reviews
  • 1980
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Speaking Engagements

  • Social Security Disability
  • Social Security Disability
  • 2008
  • Connecticut Special Education Law
  • Connecticut Special Education Law
  • 2008
  • Social Security Disability
  • Social Security Disability
  • 2007
  • An Introduction to Veterans Disability Law
  • Veteran's Disability Law
  • 2007
  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Reauthorization
  • IDEA Discipline, IEP Team Meetings
  • 2005
  • IDEA Reauthorization in Connecticut
  • Special Education
  • 2005
  • Professional Boundaries and Liability in Connecticut Schools
  • First Amendment Rights of Students
  • 2004
  • Guidance Counselor seminar
  • Confidentiality Issues Involving Students
  • 2004
  • Discipline of Students With Special Needs in Connecticut
  • Student Discipline
  • 2002
  • Enforcing IDEA - Cutting Edge Developments in Education Law
  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
  • 2001
  • Connecticut Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
  • Special Education Due Process
  • 2000
  • Advanced Issues in Education Law
  • Education Law
  • 1998
  • Expulsions - Honig Injunctions and Suspensions
  • Student Expulsions
  • 1997
  • Education Law - Navigating the Maze of Education Hearings
  • Education Hearings
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Winona
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I gladly endorse Attorney Zimberlin, having known her for years and interacted within the Connecticut Bar Association Social Security Section. I have also co-presented with her on different occasions in a Social Security Continuing Legal Education forum. I would certainly endorse this attorney as thorough, diligent and able to provide excellent representation and wise counsel to Social Security Disability applicants."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
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