Portland: 207.773.4775
Boston: 617.973.1550

Attorney Peter Bennett

 

“The outstanding strategic planning and action plans (were) something to behold…a textbook lesson in confronting a union.  Thank you!”

Peter Bennett has successfully represented management on matters of traditional labor and employment law for over thirty years primarily in the Northeastern United States. He is respected as being in the very highest echelon of lawyers in his field by his inclusion in the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell (where he was the second youngest lawyer to hold an AV rating when it was awarded to him), Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, the Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys and other respected peer reviewed lawyer rating publications.

Peter represents management in the areas of union avoidance, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, employment investigations, unfair labor practice charge defense before the National Labor Relations Board, unfair labor practice complaint trials before the NLRB, injunction litigation, covenant not to compete advice and litigation, wrongful discharge defense, employee and corporate investigations, trade secret litigation, employment discrimination defense and litigation and other similar and related areas. In addition, Peter’s labor clients refer their corporate litigation to the firm because of the trust that they place in the lawyers at the Bennett Law Firm. On occasion, this has included the successful defense of bet the company claims.

“I want to extend our appreciation for your exemplary representation.  Your efforts…were nothing short of extraordinary.”

Peter has negotiated over two hundred collective bargaining agreements for clients with one location to multinational corporations to multi-employer trade associations representing as many as one hundred separate employers at one time. His success rate is almost perfect but he has successfully defended strikes, corporate campaigns, boycotts and other labor disputes as part of achieving his clients’ success. Peter’s bargaining philosophy is to achieve a fair and workable agreement for management while remaining willing to take a strike to achieve long term success if that is what is needed. Peter has negotiated with most major unions in the United States but predominantly against the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers and generally in locations from Maine through Pennsylvania.

Peter and his team have a success rate of nearly 100% in union avoidance. They attribute their success to both their experience in dealing with unions for their unionized clients as well as being one of the very few law firms to engage in persuader activities to convince employees that they are best off remaining union free. Under the new NLRB expedited election rules, campaigns can last less than two weeks, creating unrealistic time constraints. As a result, other lawyers and law firms refer union avoidance projects to Peter because of the firm’s reputation and the knowledge that they will get the job done.

“You represent (our) interests beyond our expectations, and we appreciate your great counsel.”

Peter has tried scores of arbitration cases as well as having many bench and jury trials in federal and state courts. Again, Peter has a highly successful track record in trial. The firm’s lawyers are known for being well prepared, skilled advocates who know how to try a case and advocate effectively for their clients.

Peter is an active volunteer in his community and within the Bar. He has chaired the 36,000 member Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, has chaired the ABA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, served as special advisor to the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Civil Justice System, is the First Circuit member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, is a member of the ABA’s Commission on the American Jury Project, is Treasurer and Trustee of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada and a trustee of the Appellate Judges Education Institute. In his community he has been involved in many civic groups including Portland Stage Company and the Portland Museum of Art.

Experience:

1988 to Present
The Bennett Law Firm, P.A., Portland, Maine
President & Treasurer
Practice of Labor and Employment Relations Law and Litigation

1985 to 1988
Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston, Texas
Associate Attorney
Practice of Labor and Employment Relations Law and Litigation

Education:

Master of Business Administration
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 1986

Juris Doctor, cum laude
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 1985

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1982

Secondary School, cum laude
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts 1978

Academic Honors:

Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar (1985 – 1st in class of 425 law students)
Paul Liacos Scholar (1984)
John Harvard Scholarship (1981)
Harvard Scholarship (1980 & 1982)

Current Bar Leadership:

ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, 1st Circuit Member, 2016-2019
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 1st Circuit Credentials Committee, 2016-
National Judicial College, Treasurer and Trustee, 2016-
Appellate Judges Education Institute, Trustee, 2016-
American Bar Foundation, Maine State Chair, 2010-
ABA Judicial Division/TIPS Task Force, Member, 2014-
ABA TIPS Committee, Member, 2008-

Professional Honors (Selected):

International Global Law Experts Awards, Labor Law – Lawyer of the Year in Maine
International Society of Primerus Law Firms – Lifetime Achievement Award
AV® Preeminent Attorney Rating in Labor & Employment Law, Martindale-Hubbell
The Nation’s Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
Best Lawyers in America
New England Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers National Business Edition
Chambers USA
Boston University School of Law Silver Shingle Award for Service to the Profession
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Who’s Who (Various Publications)
Primerus International Society of Lawyers
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Foundation
ABA TIPS Public Service Honor Roll

Court & Bar Admissions:

U.S. Supreme Court – 1993

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit – 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit – 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit – 1986

U.S. District Court, Districts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Texas, Southern and Western Districts

Maine – 1987
New Hampshire – 2007
Massachusetts – 2007
Texas – 1985 (inactive)

Bar Leadership:

National Judicial College

  • Treasurer and Trustee, 2014 –

American Bar Association

  • Vice-Chair, Cybersecurity Task Force, 2017-2018
  • AEFC Pension Plan Administration Committee, Chair, 2017 –
  • AEFC Pension Plan Administration Committee, Member, 2016 –
  • Liaison, ABA Commission on the American Jury Project, 2015 – 2016
  • Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, Special Advisor, 2014 –
  • Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, 2006 – 2014, Chair, 2011 – 2014
  • Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, ex officio 2011 – 2014
  • Justice Center Coordinating Council, Member 2011 – 2014
  • Presidential Task Force on Federal Agency Preemption of State Tort Laws, 2009 – 2010
  • Section Officers’ Conference, Member, 2003 – 2008; Executive Committee, 2004 – 2005

ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section

  • Judicial Division/TIPS Task Force, Member, 2014 – 2015
  • Task Force on Full Funding for Courts Initiative, Member, 2014 – 2015
  • Chair, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2007 – 2008
  • Chair Elect, 2006 – 2007
  • Vice-Chair, Tort, 2005 – 2006
  • Secretary, 2003 – 2005
  • Executive/Administrative Committee, 2003 – 2009
  • Council Member, 2000 – 2009
  • Task Force on Leadership Diversity Initiative, Member 2006 – ;Dean, 2009 – 2010
  • Past-TIPS Chairs Roundtable Caucus & Task Force, 2012 –
  • ABA TIPS Standing Committee, Member, 2008 –
  • Long Range Planning Committee, Chair, 2005 – 2006; Member 2010 – 2011
  • Fall Meeting Arrangements Chair, 2004 – 2005
  • Scholarship Board, Member, 2001 – 2002
  • Committee on Employment Law & Litigation, Chair, 1993 – 1995; Chair Elect, 1992 – 1993; Vice Chair, 1989 – 1992 and 1995 –
  • Public Relations Committee, Chair, 1995 – 1997; Member & Chair-Elect, 1994 – 1995
  • Membership Committee, Chair, 1998 – 2000; Member & Chair Elect, 1997 – 1998
  • Family Life Committee, Chair, 1997 – 1999
  • Task Force on Strategic Alliances, Member at various times
  • Task Force on Law Student Involvement, Member at various times
  • Communications Coordinating Group, Member at various times
  • Financial Committee, Member at various times, including currently
  • Electronic Media Coordinating Group, Member in past

Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Foundation

Director, 2012 –
Fellow, 2010 –

American Bar Foundation

Maine State Chair, 2010 – 2016
Life Fellow (Membership Limited to 1% of the State’s Lawyers)

Fair Courts Advisory Committee

Member, 2011 – 2014

American Board of Trial Advocates Civil Bar Roundtable

Member, 2007 – 2014

The International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Director, 2000 – 2007
Regional Vice-President, 2000 – 2005,
Charter Member, 1998 – Present

Duke University School of Law

Director, Appellate Judges Education Institute, 2014 –

Boston University School of Law

Board of Visitors, 2002 – 2005
Alumni Association President, 2002 – 2003
President-Elect, 2001 – 2002
Vice-President, 2000 – 2001
Treasurer, 1999 – 2000
Executive Committee, 1997 –

National Association of Women Judges

Adjunct Member-Advisor, Informed Votors Project Committee, 2013 – 2014

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Teaching:

Faculty, University of Southern Maine Department of Continuing Education for Business, Personnel Law, 1989 – 2009; Employee and Labor Relations, 1995 – 2009

Faculty, American Institute of Banking, Portland and Kennebunk, Maine, Personnel Law, 1990

Guest Lecturer, Hotel and Hospitality Industry, Southern Maine Technical College, Personnel Law, 1993 – 1998

Guest Lecturer, University Maine School of Law, Employment Litigation, 1995

Guest Lecturer, St. Joseph’s College, Employment Law, 2011 –

Community Service:

Portland Museum of Art, Human Resources Committee, 2010 –

Portland Stage Company, Board of Trustees, 2006 – 2014

Ingraham, Member, Board of Directors, 2003 – 2008

St. Joseph’s Manor

Board of Trustees, 1994 – 2003
President, 1996 – 1998
President-Elect, 1995 – 1996
Treasurer, 2001 – 2003

Junior Achievement of Maine, Inc., Board of Trustees, 1992 – 2001

Publications (Selected):

Author:

  • “A Strategic Approach to Employment Cases in the Courtroom” in “Inside the Minds: Courtroom Strategies”, Aspatore Books, 2008
  • “Adding Real Value for the Client” in “Inside the Minds: Domestic and International Litigation Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Trial Preparation, Risk Assessment, and Best Practices for Prosecution and Defense”, Aspatore Books, 2007
  • “Defamation Claims Arising Out of the Employment Relationship”, 33 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 857 (1998)
  • “Mediating or Arbitrating an Employment Discrimination Claim,” Employment Discrimination Litigation: Developments and Strategies, American Bar Association, 2000
  • “Supreme Court Defines Employer’s Liability for Sexual Harassment,” TortSource, 1998
  • “Direct Examination of the Defendant,” The Practical Litigator, ALI-ABA, 1999
  • “Direct Examination of the Defendant in a Wrongful Discharge Action,” Litigating the Employment Tort Case: A Guide for Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys, American Bar Association, 1995

Contributing Author and Editor:

  • Guide to Equal Employment Practices, Warren Gorham & Lamont, 1998

Contributing Author:

  • Bullet Proofing Clients From Sexual Harassment Claims, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • “Foreword,” Litigating the Sexual Harassment Case: A Guide for Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys, American Bar Association, 1994

Editor:

  • Insurance Coverage of Employment Disputes, American Bar Association, 1996
  • Board of Editors, Personnel Law Update – National Edition, Council on Education in Management, 2004-2007 (Monthly Circulation: 14,000)
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PORTLAND OFFICE
121 Middle Street, Suite 300, Portland, Maine
Tel: 207.773.4775

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Tel: 617.973.1550
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