My History

Zelotes never settles.  Zelotes takes verdicts.

That was the message I was determined to send to the insurance companies as a consumer protection attorney early on.

Take the fast settlement and you’ll be labelled a coward.

They’ll throw you a bone because they know you’re going to take it.

Step into the ring at beat their ass with that bone … and next time ... they'll throw you some meat!

If you are going to thrive as a plaintiff's trial lawyer … you’ve got to be wired to fight. 

And more so – you must be fully committed to mastering the art of litigation.

There is no margin for error.  No consolation prize for second place.  

It's kill or be killed.  Win or go home.

That's how I got my start.  Baptism by fire.

Today, I am a divorce and child custody attorney.

I no longer get to decide whether we step into the ring and slug it out – you do.

Or your spouse does.

But one thing's for certain:

When you hire me to represent you in a contested divorce or child custody case, you’re represented by a true fighter.

And if your spouse throws us a bone … you know god damned well what I’m going to do with it.

Like a champion gladiator, I am battle tested and hardened.

Like a United States Marine … I fear no one.

I don’t run a volume practice. 

You can’t do what I do if you're stretched thin. 

I accept a handful of cases and strike fear in my opponent's eyes.  

Just like an good trial lawyer should. 

If you have a high conflict divorce or child custody case and have lost faith in your current lawyer …

If you need a confident and aggressive divorce attorney to represent you at trial ...

Call my law office today and make the switch.

Let’s fight!


Services Offered:

  • Contested Divorce
  • Military Divorce
  • High Net Worth Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Child Custody Disputes
  • Child Custody Modification
  • Restraining Order Defense
  • Civil Contempt Defense
  • Civil Contempt Prosecution
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenup Litigation
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Settlement Review
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorce Mediation Review
  • Adultery
  • Lifestyle Defense
  • Last Minute Trials
  • Divorce Lawyer Substitution
Zenas Zelotes - U.S. Capitol
Zenas Zelotes - U.S. Capitol


Zenas Zelotes - Arlington
Zenas Zelotes - Arlington
Zenas Zelotes - Marine Corps War Memorial
Zenas Zelotes - Marine Corps War Memorial
Zenas Zelotes - Arlington
Zenas Zelotes - Arlington
Zenas Zelotes - Arlington
Zenas Zelotes - Arlington
Zenas Zelotes - Vietnam War Memorial
Zenas Zelotes - Vietnam War Memorial


What Our Clients Are Saying 

Suzanne Berkman, Dec. 2015

My name is Suzanne Berkman.  I am the owner of the New London Antiques Center in New London CT.

After 26 years of marriage, I filed for divorce.

The first attorney I hired asked for a large retainer, ran through that money in about two weeks, and filed a motion to withdraw.  He was very condescending, rude, and made me feel very uncomfortable.  For a day or two I thought, “Wow, I might have a tiger here!” but in the end he did nothing for me. 

After that, I represented myself for a while, which was okay, as there wasn’t a whole lot going on. 

But as the case got closer to trial, I was getting concerned and nervous about going to trial by myself.

So I got on the internet and called Attorney Zelotes.

He picked up right away.

Attorney Zelotes went out of his way to meet me that same day, after hours, at my place of business.  That was very relieving as the trial was less than a week away.

I got a real good vibe from him, and he agreed to represent me. 

Attorney Zelotes told me that his ability to parachute into a case, last minute, was one of his strengths, and I found that to be true.

Zenas worked with me tirelessly to prepare for trial, often late into the night, sometimes until to midnight or later, and through the weekend.

We didn’t waste any time.  We weren’t sitting around bullshitting.  He knew exactly what we needed to do to prepare and we were getting things done.   

I also liked that he let me get actively involved in my case, doing photocopying, organizing exhibits, and things like that.

When the trial came, Zenas was very fluent with his presentation, as if he had known the facts of the case as well as I knew it.  I think it’s a gift.  He is very sharp. 

I also liked that always knew where everything was and had complete command of his file.    

Even the judge thanked Attorney Zelotes for being so organized, thorough and doing everything according to protocol. 

When all was said and done, we got everything we asked for, or just about. 

The other reason I would recommend Attorney Zelotes is that the divorce process is really stressful, and Zenas is friendly, very comfortable to talk to, and projects confidence. 

And whenever I needed to talk to him, by phone or by text, he always got back to me quickly.  Which was great.  Because my experience with other lawyers is you often get lost in the abyss.  It’s terrible.  So the fact that he picks up the phone and responds quickly was a real big plus for me.

I suspect his military background might have had something to do with that.

I would absolutely recommend Attorney Zelotes to another person or family to represent them in a divorce.  

~ Suzanne Berkman

More Happy Clients

Zenas Zelotes is a very professional, personable, nonjudgmental, compassionate man who knows his stuff and will not hesitate to go to bat for you! Zenas Zelotes kept in constant touch with us throughout the process and we would recommend him to anyone.

I have the highest regard for his abilities, and a great admiration for his personality …. his patience and willingness to listen to my concerns and relieve my anxieties, showed a certain empathy that you will be hard pressed to find in another lawyer.
I came away ... with a distinct feeling that Zenas has a certain messianic zeal to do good to fight for the underdog … in opposition, he can be a ruthless, combative advocate.
To borrow a phrase from the movie “A Few Good Men” … I would hire Attorney Zelotes any day of the week, and on Sundays twice.
Thank you for a job well done x 2.
If I sound a little extravagant in my praise, you are right. He has made a material difference in my life … Oh, what a relief it is!

When I first admitted to myself I had finally arrived at that critical point in my life …I felt defeated to say the least … I was paralyzed with fear. I didn’t know who to turn to for help other than my family. It was a family member who did some research and made a few phone calls on my behalf, discovering Attorney Zelotes' stellar reputation … I am so grateful to Attorney Z for many reasons.
From our first telephone conversation he was able to make me feel HOPEFUL about the future and I NEVER felt judged because of the circumstances I found myself in.
It wasn’t difficult for him to earn my trust quickly because he was always accessible and returned my emails and phone calls promptly and personally in a timely manner.
It can be a very intimidating experience navigating through our judicial system and to find an Attorney to represent you equally as daunting. Prior to consulting with Attorney Zelotes I was truly at the lowest point in my life and didn’t think I had any choices or recourse.
I appreciate you, not only for what you have done to assist me but for all those you continue serve, you are truly a man of integrity.

What really stands out about Attorney Zelotes is his humanity. So many lawyers talk down to you but Attorney Zelotes never did that. He made me feel much better about myself and about my future. I am amazed.
He is clearly no ordinary lawyer.
You can count on me to refer many future clients.

We are writing to you as a huge thank you.
We want to thank you for all that you have done for us. I would be honored and certain in knowing that when I recommend your services, I know you will get the job done and do it in a timely manner with love and respect toward each and every client.
Thank you.

I just had to let you know what it means to me to have you as my lawyer in the most upsettling time in my life. You have a way of creating comfort in this time of stress.
You have been a God send.

Attorney Zelotes and Sharon Marie are two of the kindest and most understanding people I have ever met -- real people with real hearts.
I would highly recommend Attorney Zelotes with confidence.

I was just thinking yesterday how very grateful I am to have a lawyer like you. You radiate such a kind, calm demeanor alongside a sharp mind and lightning speed responsiveness to that which matters. Every time I feel nervous about something that arises that I don't understand, I always feel 1000% better after talking or corresponding with you.
Please know that you have made a real difference for me. Thank you. Warm wishes.

Z ... all I can say is you saved my life, my family and allowed us to breathe when we need the room. Thank you, my friend.

I want to thank you very much for representing me … with the stress that was piling up I had no clue with what to do and who to turn to for help. It wasn’t until I was steered your way to help me that I can now say a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can move on and start a new life for my son and I. You certainly made it an easy process with your dedication not only to inform me on what everything means but also explain it in a way I could understand. Your step by step approach along with you staying on top of everything daily makes you not only a top notch lawyer but a new friend in my book! I will be highly recommending you to anyone … thanks again for the representation and best of luck to you and your family.

The service I received exceeded my initial expectations … and Zenas exceeded the expectations set of himself to me.
I have referred Mr. Zelotes to several friends and co-workers with complete confidence.
I truly couldn't have been happier with my experience!

Anyone looking for caring professional help should be calling Attorney Zenas Zelotes!
Attorney Zelotes is the first really honest attorney I've ever met … I trust his advice and will definitely recommend him to ANYONE who needs to talk to an attorney.

Dear Attorney Zelotes,
I never would have thought it would go this smooth … I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family.
You were more than available and took your time on my case … you are one great attorney.
Thank you again … I wish you and your firm the best.

Hi Zenas
I always help fellow Marines as they also in return help me in life.
I will if all possible always give you the heads up if I ever have any friends be of need of your service.
Thank you for your service, and for your help SIR!