Phone: 203-332-5730

Fax: 203-333-1489




Joseph Cessario concentrates his practice in the representation of clients in all aspects of real estate development, commercial and residential real estate transactions and construction law.


Prior to joining Zeldes, Needle and Cooper, Mr. Cessario worked for one of the Northeast’s leading residential real estate developers in a position that managed the development, organization and administration of multi-million dollar projects in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Cessario’s responsibilities included the management of legal issues involving the acquisition, financing and disposition of real property. He handled various legal matters specific to the entitlement and development process, including zoning, land use and environmental issues. He oversaw various project approval processes and regularly appeared before regulatory commissions and agencies. Mr. Cessario’s responsibilities also involved the management of legal issues related to construction activities, such as non-payment, extra work claims, delays, changed conditions, mechanic’s liens, payment and performance bond claims, construction and design defects, contract preparation and claim avoidance.


As an architectural design professional, Mr. Cessario’s prior work experiences have also involved the planning and design of numerous residential, commercial and mixed-use projects. These duties have included all aspects of the design and development process, from site selection, initial project feasibility assessments, development team assemblage, project conceptualization, construction documentation production and project management. Moreover, Mr. Cessario has been responsible for the administration of construction services and instrumental in instituting a variety of recognized regulatory compliance measures. These prior experiences have provided Mr. Cessario with an intimate knowledge of the procedures, relationships and processes at work in the building industry and he uses this knowledge to help clients manage both the legal and practical issues involved in real estate development and construction projects.




Tulane University (Masters of Architecture (2002))

Pace University School of Law (J.D. (2006))


Bar Admissions

Connecticut (2006)

Washington D.C. (2008)



Connecticut Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Fairfield County Bar Association

Greater Bridgeport Area Bar Association

American Institute of Architects

Urban Land Institute

1000 Lafayette Boulevard P.O. Box 1740 Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604 19 Old Kings Hwy S Suite 110 Darien, Connecticut 06820 263 Tresser Boulevard Floor 14 Stamford, Connecticut 06901