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David B. Zabel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Orange, CT

Marino, Zabel & Schellenberg, PLLC
657 Orange Center Rd
Orange, CT 06477
Phone: 203-616-4838
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009, 2013 - 2022
Licensed in Connecticut Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Employment & Labor: Employer, Bankruptcy: Business, Estate & Trust Litigation, Real Estate: Business, State, Local & Municipal
Attorney Profile

David B. Zabel is a member of Marino, Zabel & Schellenberg, PLLC, in Orange, Connecticut. Mr. Zabel has over 30 years of experience as a litigation and employment law attorney, representing clients throughout Connecticut.

Mr. Zabel has litigated many complex matters involving bankruptcy, employment law, legal ethics, municipal law, probate, real estate and trust matters. He has appeared before state and federal courts and been involved in complex arbitration proceedings. As an employment attorney, he has experience with issues such as unlawful discrimination, employee discipline, policies and procedures, workplace investigations and wrongful discharge.

The recipient of many honors and awards for his accomplishments, Mr. Zabel holds an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting his high legal capability and ethical standards. The Best Lawyers in America has listed him in its publication many years in a row and Benchmark Litigation has named him a “Local Litigation Star.” 

Mr. Zabel belongs to the Connecticut Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section and the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association’s Labor Law Committee. The Connecticut Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut have presented him with pro bono awards, and he is a former chairman of the Fire Commission in Fairfield, Connecticut. 

Mr. Zabel earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He holds licenses to practice law before the state courts of Connecticut and New Jersey; federal courts in Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 30%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 10%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Real Estate: Business
  • 10%State, Local & Municipal
Focus Areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Law - Employee, Labor Law, Bankruptcy Law, Credit Repair, Will Contests, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale, State, Local & Municipal Litigation


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009, 2013 - 2022

About David B. Zabel

First Admitted: 1982, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Fairfield Fire Commission, Past Chairman

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law Section and Bankruptcy Section, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut


  • Connecticut Bar Association, Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2001-2006, 2008
  • Counsel to the Federal Grievance Committee from 2011 to 2016.
  • Connecticut Federal District Court, Pro Bono Award, 2016
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2009, 2013-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation-Labor & Employment 2019-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2019-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law-Individuals, 2018-2020
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2011-2019

Educational Background

  • Brown University, A.B., 1979
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Office Location for David B. Zabel

657 Orange Center Rd
Orange, CT 06477

Phone: 203-616-4838

Last Updated: 6/23/2022

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