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Peter’s practice focuses on mediation and alternative dispute resolution work. His 35 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer in a wide variety of cases have given him the experience, knowledge and real-life perspective to successfully mediate cases to resolution. In his 20 years of serving as a mediator, Peter has mediated over 2000 cases, including business, construction, employment, insurance, personal injury, professional negligence, probate, and real estate. His reputation for fairness, impartiality, and willingness to not give up on working a case until it is settled makes him one of the most highly regarded mediators in Maine. Peter provides both in-person and online video conferencing mediation services. He serves as Counsel with Shaheen & Gordon and is also a member of the firm’s Anti-Discrimination and Diversity Committee.

Peter has achieved the highest level of professional excellence in mediation and alternative dispute resolution by receiving Martindale-Hubble’s AV Preeminent rating and by being recognized by Best Lawyers of America and New England Super Lawyers. He was named by Best Lawyers as Maine’s 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in mediation. In addition to being on numerous mediation rosters, Peter has been selected to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, one of only 11 mediators in Maine to achieve that designation. The Academy is the largest professional association of top-tier alternative dispute resolution professionals in the country and an industry partner with both the Defense Research Institute and the American Association of Justice.

Peter has taken an active leadership role in a wide range of alternative dispute resolution and civic organizations. He has served as Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section since 2018. He is former President of the Maine Association of Mediators and currently serves on 2 of its committees. He has also served as Chair of the City of Saco Planning Board and the Southern Maine Fee Arbitration Commission Panel.

Bar Admission

  • Maine, 1980
  • Massachusetts, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Maine, 1980


  • New England School of Law, Boston, M.A., 1980, J.D.; Magna Cum Laude; New England Law Review, 1978-1980, Editor: 1979-1980
  • Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 1975, B.A.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Best Lawyers in America in Mediation
  • New England Super Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Best Lawyers Mediation Lawyer of the Year in Maine 2017, 2022
  • Martindale- Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment in 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury in 2015

Mediation Rosters

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Maine Chapter
  • Resolute Systems National Panel of Mediators/Arbitrators
  • Maine Human Rights Commission Roster
  • Maine Residential Real Estate Mediation Program Roster
  • New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights Mediation Roster
  • Maine Legal Services for the Elderly Panel/Mediator
  • Maine Superior Court Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation, Arbitration Rosters

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Maine Association of Mediators, Board of Directors, Past President
  • Maine State Bar Association, Aleternative Dispute Resolution Section Chair - 2018
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • York County Bar Association

Additional Alternative Dispute Resolution Information

  • Maine Medical Malpractice Panelist
  • Former Southern Maine Fee Arbitration Chairman and Panelist
  • Former Saco Planning Board Chairman and Member

Notable Cases

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Each case is different and case results referred to in this website are not intended to be, nor should they be understood as, a representation that equivalent results will be achieved in any given case.

  • Searles v. Fleetwood Homes of Pennsylvania and Schiavi Homes, 878 A.2d 509 (Maine 2005)
    $203,782 verdict for mold damage to family's home and mold related problems plus $70,348 award in attorneys' fees and costs due to the jury's finding for violation of Maine's Unfair Trade Practice law upheld on appeal.
  • Emery v. Hussey , 679 A.2d 1284 (Maine 1997)
    $400,000 products liability verdict upheld on appeal.
  • Slater v. Merit Managment, LLC, et al , (U.S. District Court, District of Maine, Docket No. CV-01-119, 2002)
    Co-counsel in $960,000 verdict in amusement park personal injury case.
  • Pawloski v. Century 21 Balfour, et al , (Cumberland County Superior Court, Docket No. CV-89-550)
    $150,000 verdict, including $25,000 punitive damages, in misrepresentation case involving sale of business.
  • Walker v. Provost , 566 A.2d 749 (Maine 1989)
    Verdict in real estate boundary case awarding 42 acre parcel upheld on app

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