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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
October 5, 2018
Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce Jared Cohane and Peter J. Martin as recipients of the Minority…
August 15, 2018
Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition…
July 13, 2015
Construction contracting, unlike most other contractual transactions, often leaves open to interpretation…
October 4, 2018
Hinckley Allen is proud to attend and sponsor the Minority Construction Council's (MCC) annual Construction…
September 27, 2016
Hinckley Allen's Peter Martin is presenting at the Marcum New England Construction Summit. Peter will…