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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 of America® (2018-2019) Recognized for 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, Member of the Board of Directors and Legislative Subcommittee 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


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…

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Firm News

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…

Firm News

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…

Firm News

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 …

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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…


Past Event

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…

Past Event

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…