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Martin, Peter

Peter J. Martin


Peter J. Martin is a construction litigator. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and sureties in state and federal courts and in arbitration. In addition, Peter’s experience includes drafting and negotiating contracts, drafting and responding to claims, as well as assisting clients in documenting and protecting their interests on the diverse issues that arise prior to and during construction activities. Peter assists his clients with issues as cost-effectively as possible, including resolving claims through mediation and other dispute resolution venues before they incur the substantial costs required to fully litigate matters.


Representative Transactions

  • After 15 days of hearing before a three arbitrator panel, we obtained an award in the amount of $5,359,643.83 in favor of the developer of a large mixed use condominium project in Stonington against the project architect for defective design and deficient construction administrative services resulting in severe water leaks through the project’s windows, doors and masonry. This case began with an April 2008 state court action and ended with this September 2014 arbitration win. This is believed to be the largest arbitration award against an architect in Connecticut
  • First-chaired bench trial in Connecticut state court on behalf of general contractor seeking damages against subcontractor that abandoned a federal construction project in Rhode Island
  • Won appeal in New York State Appellate Court defending his client’s right to arbitrate
  • Successfully prosecuted arbitration on behalf of design-builders against architect on federal construction projects. Ultimately obtained favorable settlement
  • First-chaired evidentiary hearing in Connecticut state court representing equipment supplier. Obtained prejudgment attachment which ultimately led to favorable settlement
  • First-chaired bench trial in Connecticut federal court and obtained judgment in favor of surety against a subcontract that asserted payment bond and bad faith claims
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant on million dollar breach of contract claim based on plaintiff’s failure to prove damages
  • Obtained $4.5 million settlement on behalf of condominium associations in Connecticut state court construction defect case
  • First-chaired evidentiary hearing in Connecticut state court representing subcontractor against general subcontractor and project owner. Obtained prejudgment attachment which ultimately led to subcontract receiving entire claim amount plus prejudgment interest in settlement
  • Successfully prosecuted million dollar case in New York state court on behalf of contractor for contract balance and delay claim. Ultimately obtained favorable settlement


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2010-Present)
  • Pepe & Hazard, LLP (2004-2010)
  • Morris, Duffy, Alonso & Faley, LLP (2003-2004)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2018-2022) Recognized for Construction and Litigation-Construction Law
  • Engineering News-Record, "Top 20 under 40" in Tri-State area (2015)
  • Minority Construction Council, MCC Training Alliance Award (2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Connecticut, Rising Star (2010-2013)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • West Hartford Republican Town Committee, Chairman

Professional Affiliations

  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Connecticut
    • Board of Directors, Member
    • Legislative Subcommitte, Member
  • Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the Eastern & Southern Districts of New York
  • United States Supreme Court

Speaking Engagements

  • Marcum Construction Summit: 2018 Construction Law Update, September 2018
  • Connecticut Department of Transportation Construction Law Seminar, Your Contractual and Legal Rights, March 2018
  • Marcum Construction Summit: 2017 Legislative Recap, Legal Update and Emerging Trends, September 2017
  • Dispute Resolution and Claims, U.S. DOT Model Contractor Development Program, November 2016
  • Marcum Construction Summit, New England: How New Laws And Emerging Trends Impact Your Business, September 2016
  • Emerging Leaders Group Construction Law Update, September 2016
  • Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC) Supervisory Training Program, April 2016
  • Marcum Construction Summit: 2015 Legislative Recap and Emerging Trends, September 2015
  • Avoiding Pitfalls: Five Areas of Risk for the Young Construction Professional to Avoid, AGC of CT Young Contractors Forum, February 2015
  • Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, CA, December 2013
  • New York Construction Law Seminar, March 2008, In-House Client Seminar
  • Lorman, The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Connecticut, April 2005, June 2006, June 2007

News & Insight


What the Construction Industry Needs to Know to Navigate COVID-19

November 17, 2020

While stemming this pandemic and ensuring public safety is of the utmost importance, construction industry professionals must also take practical steps to mitigate project impacts and financial harm. Peter J. Martin and Thomas P. Banas examine some of the …


Massachusetts Superior Court Strikes Down Disincentive Provision in MassDOT Bridges Contract

October 22, 2020

In an October 2020 summary judgment decision, the Massachusetts Superior Court upheld a general contractor’s challenge to the enforceability of a “disincentive” provision in a MassDOT construction contract. In addition to providing for liquidated dam…


Mitigate Project Impacts Due To Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 16, 2020

This publication was featured the in New England Real Estate Journal on 5/15/20. Click here to view.With the outbreak of, continued escalation of and unknowns with respect to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the construction industry must anticipate …


Dispute Illustrates 'Substantial Performance' Doctrine

July 13, 2015

Construction contracting, unlike most other contractual transactions, often leaves open to interpretation the question of whether a contract has been sufficiently performed to entitle a party to payment. It is virtually impossible to have the equivalent of…


Fear and Loathing: The Specter of Perpetual Liability When Working for Municipal Owners

March 31, 2015

The legal doctrines of nullum tempus occurrit regi (“no time runs against the king”) and nullum tempus occurrit reipublicae (“time does not run against the state”) jointly stand for the principle that the state is not subject to statutes of limitat…


Fear and Loathing: The Application of Nullum Tempus to Municipalities

February 1, 2015

The legal doctrines of nullum tempus occurrit regi ("no time runs against the king") and nullum tempus occurrit reipublicae ("time does not run against the state") jointly stand for the proposition that the sovereign is not subject to ordinary time limitat…


The Modern Problem of Limitless Liability in Public Contracting Afforded by the Ancient Doctrine of Nullum Tempus Occurrit Regis

August 1, 2013

The King Is Dead; Long Live the King: The Connecticut Supreme Court Resurrects Stale Claims by the State

April 19, 2013

Picture this scenario: You are a contractor, surety, or design professional. You completed a construction project for the State over a decade ago. The State accepted the project and raised no claims regarding your work. Surely you have no need to worry abo…


Public-Private Partnerships: Finally Connecticut?

March 30, 2012

Connecticut's transportation infrastructure is undeniably in need of repair. According to the American Society of Engineers' 2009 "Report Card for America's Infrastructure," 35% of Connecticut's bridges are "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolet…


Construction and Energy Law: Act May Hold Answer To Crumbling Infrastructure

March 5, 2012

The financing of large-scale public construction projects through partnership with private entities first emerged in the United States back in the 1990s. So-called public-private partnerships or “P3” projects have met with a measure of success across t…


A Brave New World in State Government: Department of Public Works gives way to Department of Construction Services

July 11, 2011

On July 1, 2011, with little fanfare, but significant mystery, the Department of Public Works (DPW) was dissolved. Public Act No. 11-51, “An Act Implementing the Provisions of the Budget concerning the Judicial Branch, Child Protection, Criminal Justice,…


When the Design-Build Delivery Method Takes Hold: Will You Be Prepared?

April 1, 2011

Infrastructure projects have traditionally been delivered through the design-bid-build delivery method, in which a design is either performed by the contracting agency in house or procured through an outside design team and then put out for competitive bid…


State's Campaign Financing Law Still In Jeopardy

July 26, 2010

We have seen Connecticut state and federal courts busy shaping the scope and application of these laws.In particular, a recent ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals could dramatically affect the landscape of Connecticut’s campaign finance laws for t…


Contractors Can’t Give To Certain State Candidates

November 3, 2008

Connecticut May Soon Have Its Own False Claims Act

April 1, 2007

Proposed Legislation for 2007: Connecticut False Claims Act

March 1, 2007

Proposed Legislation for 2007: Connecticut False Claims Act

February 1, 2007
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Firm News

58 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America 2022

August 19, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that 58 attorneys are recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 8 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 15 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inaugural "Ones to W…

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59 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2021

August 20, 2020

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 59 attorneys in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 12 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 10 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inau…

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56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

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Hinckley Allen’s Jared Cohane and Peter J. Martin Receive the 2018 Minority Construction Council Training Alliance Award

October 5, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce Jared Cohane and Peter J. Martin as recipients of the Minority Construction Council Training Alliance Award. This award is presented at the Construction Expo and Matchmaker event, and given to individuals who assist th…

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51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Firm News

Engineering News-Record Recognizes Peter J. Martin for the Top 20 Under 40 Award

December 4, 2014

Hinckley Allen Partner, Peter J. Martin was recognized by Engineering News-Record as one of the Tri-State areas Top 20 under 40 for 2015. Additionally, Peter was the only attorney noted in this group. Each year, ENR recognizes up-and-coming leaders in the …

Firm News

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Names Angelini, Kenney and Martin Partners of the Firm

January 24, 2012

Providence, RI – Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce that three new partners have been appointed; Laura Angelini, Kirsten E. Kenney and Peter J. Martin.Laura Angelini has been named Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Law Group. Laura …

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Case Study

Historic, $5.3 million arbitration award against architect

Hinckley Allen attorneys, Timothy T. Corey and Peter J. Martin, recently obtained a $5.3 million arbitration award after 12 days of hearings on behalf of Stonington Water Street Associates, the developer of a Connecticut condominium complex, against the pr…


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WEBINAR: Protect Yourself - Strategies for Contractors to Survive Surging Prices and Material Shortage Delays

January 26, 2022

Contractors continue to deal with rising costs, and supply chain and workforce shortages due to the lingering pandemic.Hinckley Allen Partners Jared Cohane and Peter Martin will join Marcum LLP to discuss the many factors of material price escalation and s…

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WEBINAR: Navigating Challenges and Strategies Related to Construction Claims During a Pandemic

December 9, 2020

Construction Partner Peter J. Martin will be speaking to the challenges and strategies related to construction claims during the pandemic.In March, COVID-19 entered our lives creating disruption, concern and uncertainty. Construction projects have been, an…

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Construction Expo and Matchmaker

October 4, 2018

Hinckley Allen is proud to attend and sponsor the Minority Construction Council's (MCC) annual Construction Expo and Matchmaker event.Learn more here.The Minority Construction Council is dedicated to advancing the cause of minority contractors and workers…

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The Marcum New England Constrution Summit

September 27, 2016

Hinckley Allen's Peter Martin is presenting at the Marcum New England Construction Summit. Peter will discuss "2016 Legislative Recap and Emerging Trends: How New Laws from the 2016 Session and Other Emerging Trends may Impact your Business"in a breakout s…

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ConsensusDOCS PreConference Workshop

December 11, 2013

What are most important construction case and arbitration claims that are impacting the shape of the industry? And can you sum that up for me in 20 PP slides with each slide taking 20 seconds? The answer is YES; Find out how the most important issues of th…

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