Peter Prestley is a partner in the firm of of Madsen Prestley and Parenteau LLC, and pursues a practice devoted solely to representing individuals in employment matters. His maintains his practice in Hartford Connecticut.
He represents senior executives and professionals providing legal advice, negotiation, and litigation services. This includes providing such services as the employment relationship is formed, including new enterprises, as it is maintained, and when it ends, as well as afterwards. He also provides a full range of legal services to potential and actual whistleblowers under federal and state law, especially the federal False Claims Act.
Mr. Prestley is former Deputy General Counsel of The Travelers, where he had responsibility for complex litigation, including employment and employee benefit matters, as well as responsibilities in the areas of tax, business, corporate, and international business law. In 1994 Mr. Prestley moved from Travelers to represent Travelers at the firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, NY, NY, concentrating his practice on major complex litigation.
Mr. Prestley’s numerous articles and writings including most recently the currently serializing book entitled “New Practical Guide to the False Claims Act” as well as a Connecticut Bar Journal article entitled “New Forces Come on Line to Battle Fraud Against Taxpayers”, published in 2009. He is also the author of “Judging a Book by its Cover, Boilerplate Clauses in Executive Compensation Agreements”, published by BNA.
Mr. Prestley is former Chair of the 35,000 member of the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA, and former Chair of that Section’s Employment Benefits Committee, and a former member of the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits that consults annually with Congress on federal employee benefit policy. He is also a former member of the ABA Special Committee on Environmental Law, and has spoken and published internationally on environmental law policy issues. Attorney Prestley is also former section President of the Union Internationale des Avocats, one of the two leading international bar associations, that is particularly concerned with defending lawyers who represent unpopular clients in countries with limited democratic institutions.
He was one of four ABA delegates to the last United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (the Rio Conference which produced Agenda 21), and he also served on the select World Order Under law Committee, which is the principal ABA interface with the United Nations.
Mr. Prestley is a graduate of Wesleyan University and University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the school’s Law Review.
He is married to Connecticut Superior Court Judge Linda Pearce Prestley.