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.

Firm Highlights


Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...


Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...


Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...


Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

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Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...


David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...


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Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

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Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...