Peter D. Cantone


  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2014
  • Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, B.M., summa cum laude, 2008

Admitted to Practice:

  • New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, WDNY, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, NDNY, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WDNY, 2017
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, SDNY, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, EDNY, 2020

Professional Memberships:

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Buffalo Claims Association
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)

Practice Areas:

Direct Phone Number:  (716) 242-8109

Peter Cantone is a partner at Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will LLP.  His practice is focused on the defense of complex injury and wrongful death claims, particularly for the retail and trucking industries.  He also maintains an active commercial litigation practice, assisting small and medium-sized businesses navigate legal disputes, including breach of contract, collection, lien and judgment enforcement, and commercial torts, as well as challenges involving state and local governments.

Mr. Cantone regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout New York State, and handles matters from initial case investigation through all stages of dispute resolution, including mediation, litigation, trial, and appeal.  He is an active advocate for the defense bar and speaks to local and national defense organizations about New York practice, alternative dispute resolution, appellate advocacy, and insurance coverage issues.


  • DRI Steering Committee for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Young Lawyer Liaison
  • CLM Committee on Cannabis Claims and Litigation


  • Speaker, DRI Young Lawyers Virtual Seminar, Mediation 101: Advance Your Case and Settle It, October 2020
  • A Conversation With… Podcast, May 2020
  • Guest Lecturer, Syracuse Univ. College of Law, Preparing Young Attorneys for ADR Practice, March 2020
  • Making the Most of Early, Court-Ordered Mediation, ADR Choices, November 2019
  • Can They Really Sue Me There?, In Transit, July 2019
  • Speaker, Buffalo Claims Association, Identifying the First-Party Benefits Provider in Automobile-Pedestrian Accidents in New York, March 2018


  • Honoree, NYSBA Empire State Counsel Program, 2015
  • John N. Bennett Achievement Award, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2014
  • Legal Writing Fellowship, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2013-14
  • Publications Editor, Buffalo Law Review, 2013-14
  • Judicial Internship, N.Y.S. Appellate Division, 4th Department, 2013
  • Research Assistant, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2013
  • Presser Scholar Award, Crane School of Music, 2007
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