Eric Penley is an Associate in the firm's Litigation Group and practices in the Boston office. His experience covers a wide range of civil matters, including class actions, financial services litigation, and civil and criminal government investigations.

Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Eric was a senior associate at WilmerHale in Boston. There, he had leading associate roles on a number of high-stakes litigation and government investigation matters, including many for Fortune 500 clients. These matters included successfully defending an e-commerce company in a consumer class action, a prominent Boston-based investment management firm in a securities class action involving over $500 million in alleged damages, and a Swiss private bank in a long-running Department of Justice investigation involving allegations of tax misconduct. He has experience helping clients navigate all phases of civil litigation, and has authored multiple successful dispositive motions and briefs. Eric also has an active pro bono practice that emphasizes work for military veterans and incarcerated persons.

He attended Bowdoin College, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Government and Spanish, and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Virginia Law & Business Review.

Prior to law school, Eric worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he was a member of teams conducting antitrust investigations of mergers and other transactions in the financial markets, banking, and software industries.

Eric is originally from the Bangor, Maine area. He resides in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston with his wife, Gina, son, Miles, and black lab, Duncan.

Practice Areas


  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2010)
    • Articles Editor, Virginia Law & Business Review
  • Bowdoin College (B.A., 2005)
    • Phi Beta Kappa; Top 8% of graduating class
    • Double major in Government and Spanish
    • Sarah and James Bowdoin Book Award


  • Massachusetts
  • Maine