Robert C. Zampano

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Robert Carmine Zampano (March 18, 1928 – January 12, 2004) was an American lawyer, federal judge, and mediator. He served on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut from 1964 to 1994.

Early life and education[edit]

Zampano was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on March 18, 1928.[1][2]

Zampano received a B.A. from Yale University in 1951 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1954.[1][2]

Legal and judicial career[edit]

He was a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven from 1954 to 1955.[1][2]

Zampano was then in private practice in New Haven from 1955 to 1957 and in East Haven (where he was a partner at Zampano & Mager) from 1957 to 1961.[1][2] During this time, Zampano was executive secretary of the Review Division of Connecticut Superior Court (1956-1961); East Haven town counsel (1957-1960); and a judge of the East Haven Court (1959-1961).[1] From 1961 to 1964, Zampano was U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.[1]

Zampano then became a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He was nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on August 4, 1964, to a seat vacated by Robert P. Anderson, confirmed by the United States Senate on August 15, 1964, and received his commission the same day.[1] Zampano became one of the youngest members of the federal bench.[2]

Zampano assumed senior status on June 1, 1977, and retired on April 1, 1994.[1] Zampano then returned to private practice in Connecticut from 1994 to 2004.[1]

Zampano was known as a mediator; over the course of his career Zampano mediated an estimated 2,000 federal and state court cases.[2] Among Zampano's most notable cases was the L'Ambiance Plaza disaster of 1987, in which a half-finished apartment complex in Bridgeport collapsed, fatally crushing 27 workers and maiming 16 others. Judge Zampano and Judge Frank S. Meadows of the Connecticut Superior Court mediated the many legal actions arising from the catastrophe and achieved a $41 million settlement by late 1988.[2] Zampano was also one of the mediators in the cases brought by investors against Arthur Andersen arising from the collapse of Colonial Realty Co., the biggest investment-fraud scandal in Connecticut history; the result was a $90 million settlement.[3][4] After retiring from the bench, Zamano worked with "the short-lived Sta-Fed ADR Inc., a nonprofit state-chartered service for resolving legal disputes."[2] Zampano wrote and lectured on alternative dispute resolution.[2]


Zampano died on January 12, 2004, in New Haven, at age 74, following a brief illness.[2] Zampano is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothea Gilbridge Zampano, as well as a son, a daughter, a sister, and four grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Zampano, Robert Carmine, Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Wolfgang Saxon, Robert Zampano, Federal Judge in Connecticut Court, Dies at 74, New York Times (February 1, 2004).
  3. ^ Mark Pazniokas, Deal Settles Colonial Case: Arthur Andersen Firm To Pay Realty Investors, Hartford Courant (April 22, 1999).
  4. ^ Thomas B. Scheffey, Zampano personified judge as problem-solver, Connecticut Law Tribune (January 19, 2004).

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Preceded by
Robert P. Anderson
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
Succeeded by
T. F. Gilroy Daly