Justice Peter T. Zarella is a Boston native who received his Bachelor of Science degree from
Northeastern University in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk
University Law School in 1975. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar
in 1975, the Connecticut Bar in 1977, the U.S. District Courts in
Massachusetts (1976) and Connecticut (1977), the U.S. Court of Appeals,
Second Circuit (1985), the U.S. Supreme Court (1985) and the U.S.
District Court, Southern District of New York (1990). He was in the
private practice of law from 1977-96 and was a partner in the Hartford
firm of Brown, Paindiris & Zarella from 1978 until his appointment as a
Superior Court Judge in 1996.
In December 1999 he was elevated to Judge of the Appellate Court.
He was nominated by Governor John G. Rowland as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on January
4th, 2001. He was sworn in on January 22, 2001.
Prior to his service on the
bench, Justice Zarella served as a commissioner of the Metropolitan
District Commission. His professional affiliations included his service
on the Connecticut Bar Executive Committee of the Commercial Law and
Bankruptcy Section, 1985-90; the CBA's Banking Law Committee, 1990-94; a
member of the Town of West Hartford Ethics Commission (1992-95) and
Charter Revision Commission (1995-96).
He previously served as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission and as the Chairman of the Rules Committee,
which is charged with proposing revisions to the Superior Court rules for submission to the judges of the Superior Court for their approval.