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Peter Bennett


  • 2011 to Present - The Bennett Law Firm, P.A., Portland, Maine - President and Treasurer - Practice of Labor and Employment Relations Law and Litigation
  • 2010 to 2011 - The Bennett Law Firm, P.A., Portland, Maine - Treasurer - Practice of Labor and Employment Relations Law and Litigation
  • 1992 to 2010 - The Bennett Law Firm, P.A., Portland, Maine - President and Treasurer - Practice of Labor and Employment Relations Law and Litigation
  • 1988 to 1992 - The Bennett Law Firm, P.A., Portland, Maine - Member - 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


  • Phillips Academy (cum laude, 1978)
  • Harvard University (A.B., cum laude, 1982)
  • Boston University (J.D., cum laude, 1985; M.B.A., 1986)

Selected Professional Honors:

  • 2012 AV® Preeminent Attorney Rating in Labor & Employment Law
  • The Nation's Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
  • Fellow, ABA College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, State of Maine Chair
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA
  • Boston University School of Law Silver Shingle Award for Service to the Profession
  • Fellow, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Foundation
  • ABA TIPS Public Service Honor Roll
  • A-V Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers National Business Edition
  • Who's Who (Various Publications)

Academic Honors:

  • Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar (ranked 1st in third year law school class of 425 students)
  • Paul Liacos Scholar (second year of law school)
  • John Harvard Scholarship (Junior year of college)
  • Harvard Scholarship (awarded twice, Sophomore and Senior years of college)


  • 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, and Texas, Southern and Western Districts
  • Maine - 1987
  • New Hampshire - 2007
  • Massachusetts - 2007
  • Texas - 1985

Professional Memberships:

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas (inactive)
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, John Marshall Award Selection Committee to the ABA Justice Center Coordinating Council, 2010 - 2011
    • Task Force on Leadership Diversity Initiative, Member 2006-- ; Chair, 2009 - 2010
    • Member, ABA Task Force on Federal Agency Preemption of State Tort Laws, 2009 - 2010
    • Chair, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2007 - 2008
    • Chair Elect, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2006-2007
    • ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, 2006 –
    • Executive/Administrative Committee, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2003 –2009
    • Vice-Chair, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2005-2006
    • Section Officers' Conference, Member, 2003--; Executive Committee, 2004-2005
    • Council Member, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2000—2009
    • Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2005-2006; Member 2010--
    • Secretary, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2003-2005
    • 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 and Chair-Elect, 1994-1995
    • Membership Committee, Chair, 1998-2000, Member and 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
    • Member, Labor Law and Law Practice Management Sections
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Maine State Chair, 2010 -
  • The International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Director, 2000-2007; Regional Vice-President, 2000-2005, Charter Member, 1998-Present
  • Boston University School of Law, Board of Visitors, 2003--; Alumni Association President, 2002-2003; President-Elect, 2001-2002; Vice-President, 2000-2001; Treasurer, 1999-2000; Executive Committee, 1997--, Member
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America: Member, 1983-1996. (Young Lawyers Advisory Committee, 1991-1996; Employment Rights Section Executive Committee, 1993-1996)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Attorney News & Announcements:


  • Faculty, University of Southern Maine Department of Continuing Education for Business, Personnel Law, 1989-- 2010;
  • 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

Community Service:

  • Portland Museum of Art (Human Resources Committee, 2010--)
  • Portland Stage Company (Board of Trustees, 2006--)
  • 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)

Seminars, Speeches and Presentations:
Peter has given over 200 legal presentations in over 20 states. The following is a partial list of seminars, speeches and presentations that he has conducted:

  • Peter Bennett to Speak at the Nevada Limited Jurisdiction Judges 2014 Winter Seminar
  • February 9, 2011, Augusta, Maine, Kennebec Valley Human Resource Association, "Employment Law Update"
  • November 3, 2010, Social Media and Employment Law Webinar, "The New Frontier"
  • June 8, 2010, Labor & Employment Law Webinar, "Navigating Uncharted Waters: Protection of Confidential Information in a Mobile Society"
  • January 26, 2010, Portland, Maine, "Fundamentals of Employment Law"
  • November & December, 2008 and February, 2009, at numerous locations in Maine and New Hampshire, Presenter, "The Employee Free Choice Act - The Most Dramatic Change in Labor Law Since 1935"
  • August 8, 2008, Ellis Island, New York, ABA Annual Meeting, Ellis Island Reception on Diversity, "From Generation to Generation" and presentation of TIPS Liberty Achievement Awards
  • March 6, 2008, Phoenix, AZ, Welcome Remarks at ABA TIPS Conference, "Masters of the Courtroom: A Display of Innovative and Proven Trial Techniques"
  • September 7, 2007, Chicago, Illinois, Facilitator, ABA Section Officers Conference, "Effective Relations with Section Staff"
  • August 10, 2007, San Francisco, California, ABA Annual Meeting, "Why Be Active in the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section?"
  • May 23, 2006, South Portland, Maine, "Employment Law from A to Z"
  • January 6, 2006, Boston, Massachusetts, "Mental Disabilities Pose Challenge for Litigants Under ADA," (Labor and Employment Relations Association)
  • December 2, 2005, Augusta, Maine, "The Legal Issues Managing Difficult Employees and Situations in the Workplace," (Maine Association of Payroll Professionals)
  • September 14, 2005, Portland, Maine, "Maine FMLA Update 2005," (Council on Education in Management)
  • June 9-11, 2004, South Portland, Maine, "Twelfth Annual New England Payroll Conference"
  • November 19-21, 2003, Chicago, Illinois, "National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference & Exhibit"
  • July 22-24, 2003, Hyannis, Massachusetts, "Twenty-Third Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Seminar"
  • January 3, 2003, Washington, D.C., "When Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense: An Employer's Perspective," (The Industrial Relations Research Association)
  • August 10, 2002, Washington, D.C., "Violence in the Workplace: How to Predict and Prevent It While Protecting Employee Rights," (ABA Annual Meeting; Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • March 1, 2002, New York, New York, "Restoring Professionalism to the Profession," (American Bar Association; 2d Circuit Meeting of Law Student Division as Representative from TIPS)
  • November 9, 2001, Atlanta, Georgia, "Handling Employee Misconduct Caused by a Disability," (American Bar Association National Program Co-Sponsored by TIPS and Labor and Employment Law Section. Served as Program Co-Chair)
  • September 22, 2001, Rockport, Maine, "Employment Law Update" (Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel - Fall Meeting)
  • August 5, 2001, Chicago, Illinois, "Employee Misconduct and the Americans with Disabilities Act," (American Bar Association 2001 Annual Meeting)
  • July, 2001, Portland, Maine, "Bringing Professionalism Back to the Legal Profession," (Kiwanis Club)
  • January 25, 2001, Rockland, Maine, "Litigating Sexual Harassment Cases: Tips and Twists," (Maine State Bar Association) (Moderator)
  • July 8, 2000, New York, New York, "How to Find a Job," (American Bar Association; 2000 Annual Meeting Law Student Division Luncheon as Representative from TIPS)
  • April 8-10, 1999, Chicago, Illinois, American Bar Association Second Annual National Institute on the Americans with Disabilities Act (Faculty and Co-Chair)
  • December 17, 1998, Boston, Massachusetts, "Bullet-Proofing Clients from Sexual Harassment Claims," (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.)
  • October 22-23, 1998, Boston, Massachusetts, "Emerging Issues in Employment Discrimination Litigation," (American Bar Association: TIPS)
  • August 2, 1998, Toronto, Canada, "Trial Demonstration of a Workplace Electronic Monitoring Invasion of Privacy Case," (ABA Annual Meeting)
  • July 29, 1998, Presque Isle, Maine, "How to Prepare Your Company Against a Unionization Campaign" (Northeast Society for Human Resource Management)
  • January 22-24, 1998, New Orleans, Louisiana, ABA First Annual National Institute on the Americans with Disabilities Act (Co-Chair and Faculty)


  • "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


  • 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)
Practice Areas
Alcoholic Beverage Law
Liquor Licensing Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution Law
Business Law
Business Litigation Law
Commercial Law
Commercial Litigation Law
Insurance Law
Labor and Employment Law
Age Discrimination in Employment Law
Americans With Disabilities Act Law
Collective Bargaining Law
Employment Defense Law
Employment Law
Employment Litigation Law
Labor Law
Sexual Harassment Law
Title VII Discrimination Law
Unfair Labor Practices Law
Union Contract Negotiations Law
Union Elections Law
Wage and Hour Law
Whistleblower Litigation Law
Wrongful Termination Law
Transportation Law