David B. Zabel is a principal in Cohen and Wolf's Litigation,Employment & Labor, Municipal, Bankruptcy and Legal Ethics Groups. Resident in the firm's Bridgeport office, Mr. Zabel has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, arbitration proceedings, including representing policyholders in coverage disputes with insurers, real estate litigation, disputes involving closely held businesses, business torts, probate litigation, municipal litigation and complex bankruptcy proceedings. In the employment arena, Mr. Zabel represents business owners and management, and counsels employers in a variety of employment matters, including discrimination, wrongful discharge claims, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and personnel policies and procedures.
Mr. Zabel holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, the highest possible Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell. He is recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" in Connecticut by Benchmark Litigation, the Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2011-2019), in the areas of General Commercial, Bankruptcy and Employment Law, and he is recognized by Connecticut Super Lawyers (2009, 2013-2019) for his work in Business Litigation. Additionally, Mr. Zabel is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in the areas of Employment Law-Individuals (2018-2019), Litigation-Labor & Employment (2019) and Commercial Litigation (2019).
Mr. Zabel is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut and American Bar Associations, and the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has been named to the Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll (2001–2006, 2008, 2011). He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New Jersey, U.S. District Court-District of Connecticut, U.S. District Court-District of New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals-Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals-Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Zabel received his A.B. in 1979 from Brown University and his J.D. in 1982 from the University of Virginia School of Law.