Our Team


Moira Bessette Martin, Esq.

Attorney Moira Bessette Martin is currently Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at Essex Trust.  Prior to joining Essex Trust in 2008, Attorney Martin served in a similar capacity for a large national bank’s private wealth management division. Before working in bank trust administration, Ms. Martin was in the private practice of law for several years in Connecticut and New York with an emphasis on domestic and international estate planning for wealthy individuals, charitable giving techniques and charitable entities formation and ongoing compliance.

More about Moira

During her years of private practice, Attorney Martin focused on advising individuals with regard to all aspects of estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning and the establishment of domestic and international charitable organizations.

In her tenure in bank trust administration, Attorney Martin has managed all aspects of relationship and fiduciary administration for trust and investment management accounts totaling over $400 million. She has also been responsible for new business development and client and investor outreach activities.

Attorney Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Providence College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a member of the Connecticut and New York state bars and a member of the Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut Tax and Estate Planning Councils.

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Vice President Trust Officer

James Parker, Esq.

Prior to joining Essex Trust, James (Jim) was a Senior Fiduciary Advisory Specialist with a large national bank.  In that role he was responsible for managing complex trust relationships including the management of several large private foundations.  Additionally, he has assisted individuals and families with reviewing estate planning documents and working with attorneys to draft and execute their plan.

Jim received his B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

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Vice President & Trust Division Manager

Nancy M. Vendetti, TEP

Nancy M. Vendetti has over 25 years of comprehensive experience in banking, estate planning, taxation and private client wealth management as a vice president and private consultant. She worked the wealth management and trust departments of several large regional banks in varied roles as tax manager, estate settlement officer and trust officer. She has managed accounts for high net worth individuals and families, as well as philanthropic accounts for charitable trusts and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Essex Trust in 2006, she was an estate and trust paralegal with a large international law firm, where she was responsible for estate and trust tax preparation, as well as trust and estate administration.

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As a private consultant for attorneys and their clients, she has assisted beneficiaries with their financial responsibilities after the death of a loved one, including business continuation planning.

In New York City she worked for international mortgage banking consultant, Samuel Silverman, as assistant and general office manager.

In Siena, Italy she was a participant and assistant in an international music and art program.

Ms. Vendetti is a past president and current board member of the Western Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council, past president and current member of the Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council, as well as a current member of the Eastern Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council.  She is a member of STEP, a worldwide tax and estate professional association.

Ms. Vendetti is actively involved with the Children’s Community School in Waterbury, Connecticut, and is currently a board member.

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(860) 767-4416 x421

Vice President Trust Officer

David Zuckerbraun, Esq.

Prior to joining Essex Trust, David served as Vice President, Senior Fiduciary Officer of a regional trust and wealth management firm.  In his position he was responsible for the management of large and complex trust relationships, the settlement of complex estates and the management of departmental risk through document review, litigation oversight and the development of fiduciary policies and procedures to be carried out by trust administration staff.  David is a member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia and New London County Bar Associations.

More about David

Before his trust and wealth management career, David was engaged in private legal practice for more than 10 years.  He holds a B.A. from Union College and a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce.

David is the past president of both the Estate and Tax Planning Council of Eastern Connecticut and the Rhode Island Estate Planning Council.  He has also served as president of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, treasurer of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, treasurer of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, vice president of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, and chairman of the Distribution Committee of the James and Mary Shea Foundation.

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(860) 767-4416 x422