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Donald J. Cretella, Jr.

Experienced Trial Attorney
Donald J. Cretella, Jr.
Office: 1.203.777.7755
Fax: 1.203.367.0493

Attorney Donald J. Cretella, Jr. is one of the most effective and experienced criminal defense lawyers in Connecticut.  For the better part of two decades, he has been recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer and a New England Super Lawyer in Connecticut Magazine.

Don was born in New Haven and raised in West Haven, where he attended Notre Dame High School.  He graduated Fairfield University and then Quinnipiac University School of Law. Upon passing the bar exam, Don immediately began practicing law in New Haven and specifically criminal defense.  In 2001 Don joined forces with fellow Fairfield University classmate, Gene Zingaro, and together, they founded Zingaro & Cretella, Attorneys at Law.

Throughout the years, Don has handled criminal defense cases, personal injury cases and family law litigation.

Over the past two decades Attorney Cretella has handled violent and non-violent criminal cases in both Connecticut State and Federal Courts.  He has also represented clients in Federal Court in New York, Virginia and Texas. These cases include white collar crimes, mortgage fraud, drug cases, assaults, sexual offenses, and murders. Don has earned not guilty verdicts in murder cases, federal drug cases, robberies, and sexual assaults.

Don has also handled automobile accidents, slips and falls, pedestrian accidents and workers compensation cases with serious injuries and has fought and received millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.

While Don has developed highly regarded courtroom ability, he takes pride in his negotiation skills and has gained the trust of prosecutors, judges and other attorneys throughout the state.

Attorney Cretella was born in New Haven and is a lifelong resident of the New Haven Area.


Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Notre Dame High School, West Haven, CT


State of Connecticut

United States District Court, District of Connecticut

United States District Court, District Eastern District of New York

United States District Court, District Southern District of New York

United States District Court, District Northern District of New York

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court


Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

American Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

American Civil Liberties Union

Connecticut Trial Lawyers  Association

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association


Federal Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Civil Litigation/Personal Injury

Family Law

Don C. has been there for me through thick and thin. Both legal and civil. One hell of a guy. His team as well.