Biography

Eric Penley is an Associate in the firm's Litigation Group and Environmental Group and practices in the Boston office. His practice covers civil matters, including environmental litigation, business disputes, construction matters, 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.

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. Eric is now a key member of Preti's litigation teams, handling the defense of environmental claims regarding the Lower Passaic River in New Jersey and the Penobscot River in Maine—two of the largest and most complex environmental cleanup matters being litigated in the country.

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.

Practice Areas

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