Biography

Eric Penley is an Associate in the firm's Litigation Group and practices in the Boston office. His practice covers civil matters, including business disputes, class actions, and intellectual property litigation.

Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Eric was a litigator at WilmerHale in Boston. There, he had leading 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 alleging unfair business practices, successfully litigating claim construction in a patent infringement litigation on behalf of a prominent technology company, and successfully representing a prominent Boston-based investment management firm in a securities class action involving over $500 million in alleged damages.

Since joining Preti Flaherty, Eric has successfully litigated a number of civil disputes, both before courts and via arbitration hearing. He has authored multiple successful dispositive motions and appellate briefs.

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 market, 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.

Education

  • 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

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit