Peter W. Benner16 Wardwell Road
West Hartford, CT 06107


  • 28 years as a partner at Shipman & Goodwin, LLP in Hartford, Connecticut
    • Engaged in healthcare and commercial litigation handling multiparty disputes with complex factual and legal issues both in Connecticut and in courts throughout the country
    • Served for 10 years as Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and for four years on the Management Committee
  • Areas of practice, representing plaintiffs and defendants, included healthcare, national bankruptcy and restructuring, business, contract, professional liability, franchise, unfair trade practice matters
  • Commitment to and accomplishments in serving clients to find better ways to resolve disputes led to starting own dispute resolution practice in January, 2010
  • Focus is entirely on dispute resolution as mediator, arbitrator and adviser


  • With Shipman & Goodwin, regularly represented the largest hospital system in Connecticut (and affiliates), in a various disputes, internal and with third parties, involving business, reimbursement, governance, discipline, certificates of need, and clinical issues. Represented nursing home system in state regulatory matters. Represented indenture trustee in recovery, bankruptcy and restructuring of national bonds issues.

Also represented groups of private healthcare payers seeking recovery from national providers through claims of overpayment.

General representation of Hartford HealthCare System (and its predecessors and affiliates) from 1976 through 2009 in the disputes that arise within large healthcare provider organizations in the normal course. Background in payer/provider disputes derives from representation of Hartford HealthCare and, separately, groups of payers that retained the firm and practice group in pursuing aggregated overpayment claims against national provider organizations. Through this work, obtained substantial experience in evaluation of clinical issues and procedures as well as facility with data management and analytics for purposes of either defending or asserting overpayment claims relating to voluminous claims data.

  • Sole and panel arbitrator in numerous complex arbitrations
  • Recipient of Raymond B. Green Award for outstanding service to the Federal Grievance Committee
  • Adjunct Professor Quinnipiac University School of Law, teaching dispute resolution, 2014-present; Adjunct Professor at University of Connecticut Law School teaching dispute resolution, 2012-14
  • National webcast with The Knowledge Group, September 2016: “Resolving Healthcare Disputes Through Best Practices in Mediation & Arbitration”
  • Chair of the Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Connecticut Bar Association, 2005-2007
  • Special Master for the U.S. District Court for District of Connecticut since 1997
  • Recent Publications: Regular contributor of articles and columns on improving dispute resolution practices including, in the Connecticut Law Tribune; Planned Early Dispute Resolution” Corporate Disputes, Jul-Sept 2016; “How Businesses Use Planned Early Dispute Resolution” Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, April 2016 (with John Lande); “How Your Company Can Develop a Planned Early Dispute Resolution System,” Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, May 2016 (with John Lande); “Corporate Conflict Management 4.0; Reflections on How to Get There From Here”, 16 Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal 289 (2016); regular ADR columns in The Connecticut Law Tribune; “Building Positive Relationships”, Alternative Dispute Resolution Client Strategies, 2007
  • Undergraduate degree from Princeton University, 1972 (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with high honors)
  • Law degree from Georgetown University, 1975 (Executive Board of Georgetown Law Journal)

Substantial experience at presiding over and managing hearings also derives from six years as Chair of the Federal Grievance Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, appointed by the judges of the District and involving sensitive issues of attorney discipline. That role involved presiding at six to ten contested evidentiary hearings per year.

In addition to years of experience, has received substantial and in-depth dispute resolution training, including the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitrator I and II Training; Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation; AAA Arbitrator Round table: The Revised Commercial Arbitrator Code of Ethics; Center for Mediation in Law; Center for Mediation in Law, Intensive Mediation Training Program

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: “Streamlining Disputes: The Mediator as Case Manager”, ADR Hub Webinar, July, 2016, “ADR Comes of Age in Connecticut Corporations,” Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, June, 2005; Overview of ADR Developments, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, June, 2015; numerous speaking engagements and programs to bar associations and business groups.

Will be teachings course in 2017 at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Dispute Resolution in Healthcare, covering the full range of healthcare conflicts, including business, reimbursement, governance, regulatory and clinical issues. The intention going forward is to create an interdisciplinary course involving the medical, nursing and social work schools that are housed in the same building as the law school.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Active in the American Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association Dispute Resolution Sections
  • American Health Lawyers Association (dispute resolution panel)
  • Hands on Hartford, Board Member, 2009 to present
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Chair, Social Justice Committee, 2010-2014
  • The Gathering Place, co-founder and Board Chair 1995-2001
  • Greater Hartford Citizens Network Steering Committee, 2005-2007
  • Avid cyclist and regularly competes in triathlons, including the 1995 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and 2010 Florida Ironman
  • Planning Committee – Reimagining Corporate Conflict Management; Pepperdine Law School, fall 2014

With spouse Catherine, who teaches in the West Hartford Schools, three daughters, three granddaughters and one grandson.