Peter J. Vodola | Partner
In courtrooms across the country, Pete Vodola has successfully represented clients in cases concerning insurance, business torts, trademarks, trusts and wills, and telecommunications.
In a number of cases, he has successfully argued issues of Constitutional law – including Due Process, Contracts Clause, and First Amendment matters.
Pete counsels clients on effectively managing risks, as well as preventing the creation of future risks.
Pete has represented life insurers, annuity issuers, and property and casualty insurers in matters involving claims of bad faith and unfair insurance practice, bankruptcy, class action claims, and broker-rebating and short-changing claims.
He also advises insurers on regulatory and business issues, including product development.
In appellate matters, Pete has represented clients in both state and federal courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as in state appellate courts in many states.
Pete frequently represents insurers in matters involving structured settlements representing annuity issuers and structured settlement obligors. He has won dispositive rulings for his insurer clients in more than a dozen states, including in the following matters:
- Symetra Nat’l Life Ins. Co. v. Rapid Settlements, Ltd., 2009 WL 1057339 (Tex. App. Ct. Apr. 21, 2009)
- Rapid Settlements, Ltd. v. Symetra Life Ins. Co., 2007 WL 1576437 (Cal. Ct. App. June 1, 2007)
- Rapid Settlements, Ltd. v. Dickerson, 941 So. 2d 1275 (Fla. Ct. App. 2006)
- In Re DeWitt, 2009 WL 3187571 (La. Dist. Ct. Sept. 18, 2009)
- Lu v. Settlement Funding, LLC, 2006 SD Wrk. Comp. Lexis 18 (S.D. Dep’t of Labor Oct. 26, 2006)
- In Re Pikula, 2005 WL 3963777 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Nov. 3, 2005)
- In Re Morey, 71 Va. Cir. 435 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2005), pet. for appeal refused, 2006 WL 1584878 (Va. May 26, 2006)
- In re Walker, 2005 WL 3963830 (Tenn. Cir. Ct. Feb. 23, 2005)
- J.G. Wentworth S.S.C. Ltd. P’ship v. Ortega, 2002 Extra Lexis 672 (Fla. Cir. Ct. July 2, 2002)
Pete was co-chair of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association’s Legal Committee from 2009 to 2012. The Connecticut Law Tribune chose Pete as a recipient of its New Leaders of the Law Award for 2005, when he was honored with the Development of the Law award, given in recognition of attorneys whose efforts have substantially helped shape particular areas of the law.
Before law school, Pete was a newspaper reporter and editor, and a volunteer for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at a literacy organization. He has been active in a number of civic and community organizations, as a youth sports coach, PTA officer, and charitable board member. He enjoys hiking and reading about history. He and his wife, Celeste, and their five children are all involved in activities at their Newtown, Connecticut, parish.
Admitted to Practice
- United States District Court, District of Connecticut
- United States District Court, District of Colorado
- United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- Boston University, B.A. and B.S. 1986
- University of Connecticut, J.D. 1996
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Associate member, National Structured Settlement Trade Association
Publications and Events
- Co-Author, “Why Specialized or ‘Industry’ Lawyers Effectively Handle Appeals,” Certworthy, Vol. 12, Issue 2, October 15, 2010.
- Author, “Factoring In The ‘Best Interests’ Of Dependents,” Connecticut Law Tribune, May 25, 2009.
- Author, “Connecticut’s Key Role In Structured Settlement Protection,” Connecticut Lawyer, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2006 /January 2007.
- Author, “Connecticut’s Affordable Housing Appeals Procedure Law in Practice,” 29 Conn. L. Rev. 1235 (1997).
- Board Member, Isaiah 61:1, Bridgeport, Connecticut