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Barrister Brief - Member of the Month Program
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Peter M. Durney graduated cum laude from Boston College, after having studied at The Institute of European Studies and La Sorbonne in Paris, France. 

He then attended Suffolk University Law School and began his law career in 1980 as in-house counsel with GE’s products liability insurance division. In 1982, he joined Cornell & Gollub in Boston, concentrating in litigation. Since becoming a partner in 1987, Mr. Durney has represented hundreds of domestic and foreign corporations and individuals – including various Fortune 500 companies and Irish, Swiss, German, Austrian, French, British, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese corporations, among others – in the state and federal courts in each of the New England states and elsewhere in the U.S. His broad litigation experience and many reported decisions encompass: personal injury; products liability; clinical, rehabilitative and nursing home care and treatment; medical and other professional malpractice; pesticide, pharmaceutical, and chemical exposure; medical device; automotive; marine; mass torts; franchise law; copyright infringement and myriad aspects of commercial litigation, and appellate work. The complex litigation in which he has been involved has run the gamut from Mercedes-Benz and BMW motor vehicles to heart tissue transplants and computer software.

Mr. Durney is admitted to the state and federal bars of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, and has been a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1984. He has been a frequent speaker, and has written extensively.

Mr. Durney is an active member of a host of organizations, including state and federal bar associations, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., Litigation Counsel of America, the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. He was President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2010, and currently serves as a National Board Representative. Mr. Durney has been consistently recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (as published in Boston Magazine) in the area of General Litigation (2005) in Business Litigation (2006) and as a New England Super Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense: Products (2007-2013).

On June 1, 2018, Mr. Durney was awarded "Lawyer of the Year" by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association at its Annual Meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. 

Barrister Brief - Member of the Month Program

What makes Phi Delta Phi stand above the rest?  It’s you! Phi Delta Phi Members are the best of the best, throughout the world and throughout time. We are proud of all our members and want to show it. The Barrister Brief is a long established feature of PDP and we want to bring it back to give our members their due recognition.

Each month we want to feature a Barrister Brief - Member of the Month on the Phi Delta Phi website, our LinkedIn Group, our Facebook Page, Facebook Group and through a member email blast.

Don’t be humble, don’t be shy. We know how hard all Phis have worked to get where they are today. This is a chance to gain recognition while helping you connect and network with fellow Phis! Use the form below to nominate yourself or another candidate for the PDP Barrister Brief- Member of the Month Program.