Phone: (617) 482-8100
Fax: (617) 482-3917
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Peter M. Durney, is an AV® Preeminent Rated™ attorney, who began his career as in-house counsel with GE’s product liability insurance division, and then joined Cornell & Gollub in 1982. Since becoming a partner in the firm in 1987, he has represented hundreds of domestic and foreign corporations and individuals in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. Mr. Durney also assists major corporate clients in litigation elsewhere in the United States.


Class Actions
Commercial Litigation
General Litigation/Personal Injury
Product Liability
Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation
Automotive and Marine Litigation
Professional Malpractice
Mass Torts

Professional & Community Involvement

Massachusetts Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section)
Maine State Bar Association
New Hampshire State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Maine Trial Lawyers Association
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute (Medical Liability and Health Care Law, and Product Liability committees)
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Corporate Counsel and Trial Masters Program committees)
International Association for Insurance Law, U.S. Chapter
American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board Representative and Past President
Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc
International Association of Defense Counsel, (Defense Counsel Journal Board of Editors, Insurance and Reinsurance, Product Liability, Professional Liability, and Toxic and Hazardous Substances committees)
Diversity Law Institute
Trial Law Institute


Awarded “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association 

Senior Fellow: Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of General Litigation and/or Business Litigation every year since 2005(as published in Boston Magazine)

Named a New England Super Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Products <em>annually<em> since 2007 (as published in Boston Magazine)


J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1980; Phi Delta Phi
B.A., Boston College, 1976 (cum laude)
Institute of European Studies, La Sorbonne  Paris, France (1974-1975)

Admitted to Practice

New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States