Brendan S. Maher

Associate Professor of Law and Robert D. Paul Scholar
Headshot of Professor Maher.
Office: Hosmer 103
  • Retirement Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Complex Litigation

Pension and health insurance expert Brendan Maher joined the Law School’s team of insurance law and financial regulations scholars in 2013. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Maher previously taught Employee Benefits, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Corporations at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he was twice voted “Professor of the Year” by students. At UConn Law, he will teach Employee Benefits, Business Associations, and Evidence.

Professor Maher has written law review articles concerning such topics as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the judicial role in pension and health care law. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Maher co-founded Stris & Maher LLP, where he represented ERISA beneficiaries before the United States Supreme Court on multiple occasions, including in LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, a 2008 case 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.”

Professor Maher is licensed to practice in several state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Brendan S. Maher, Some Thoughts on Health Care Exchanges: Choice, Defaults, and the Unconnected, 44 Conn. L. Rev. 2009 (2012)

Brendan S. Maher, The Benefits of Opt-in Federalism, 52 B.C. L. Rev. 1733 (2011)

Brendan S. Maher & Peter K. Stris, ERISA & Uncertainty, 88 Wash. U. L. Rev. 433 (2010)

Brendan S. Maher, The Civil Judicial Subsidy, 85 Ind. L.J. 1527 (2010)

John Bronsteen, Brendan S. Maher, & Peter K. Stris, ERISA, Agency Costs, and the Future of Health Care in the United States, 76 Fordham L. Rev. 2297 (2008)