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Associate - Peter J. Maher

Peter J. Maher


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Peter Maher is a member of the School Law Practice Group where he represents public school districts in a variety of general education, special education, and labor and employment law matters.  Peter frequently presents on various school law topics and provides professional development training for school personnel.  Before obtaining his law degree, he served as a lead teacher at Centennial School of Lehigh University, a state approved private special education day school, nationally recognized for its use of positive behavioral interventions and supports with students with significant emotional/behavioral disorders and autism.  Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Peter served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education (2015-2016)
  • CALI Excellence Awards for Administrative Law (2011), Center for Children's Advocacy (2011), Criminal Law (2009), Federalism (2012), Health Care Law and Regulation (2012), Labor Law (2012), Problems in Constitutional Law (2012), Special Education Law (2011) and Torts (2009)
  • William F. Starr Fellowship Award
  • Connecticut Law Review Student Note Award/Alumni Association Award
  • University of Connecticut Law School Foundation Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Scholarship

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut: Adjunct Professor, Neag School of Education
  • Centennial School of Lehigh University, Lead Teacher, 2007-2009; Teacher Associate, 2005-2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council; President, 2015-2016; Secretary, 2014-2015

Community Involvement

  • Fred D. Wish School Tutor

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2012, with highest honors
  • Lehigh University, M.Ed., 2007, B.A., 2005, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
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