Our Director


Brendan S. Maher is the Connecticut Mutual Professor of Law and the Director of the University of Connecticut’s independently-endowed Insurance Law Center.  A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Professor Maher is the faculty advisor for the peer-reviewed Connecticut Insurance Law Journal and a nationally recognized expert in the regulation of insurance, pensions, and health care.   He is a leading authority on the meaning of both ERISA and the Affordable Care Act.  Professor Maher also teaches and studies the procedural and evidentiary aspects of civil litigation in federal courts.  

Professor Maher is an appointed member of the Connecticut Retirement Security Board, a board created by the state legislature to develop a comprehensive proposal for the implementation of a public retirement plan.  Professor Maher is also the co-moderator of Connecticut's Forum on Healthcare Innovation, a forum for scholars, investors, providers, scientists, and regulators to share ideas on optimizing health outcomes.  He was the chairman of the law school’s “The Affordable Care Act Turns Five” conference, where former United States Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was the keynote speaker.

Professor Maher regularly appears before the United States Supreme Court to litigate cases involving employee benefits, preemption, and procedure.  One of his cases, LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, was described by The New York Times as “one of the most important rulings in years on the meaning of the federal pension law known as ERISA.”  He also studies and is routinely consulted by states, medical providers, and employee organizations as to the applicability of federal law to their activities. 

Professor Maher is licensed to practice in several state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.