Overview Experience Intelligence Erik F. Benny Associate ebenny foley.com Download vCard Erik Benny is an associate and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the Consumer Law, Finance & Class Action, Antitrust, and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices, and is admitted to practice law in Virginia, California and the District of Columbia. Mr. Benny’s practice focuses primarily on defending high stakes consumer class actions brought under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Sherman Act, and various state unfair trade practices and consumer protection laws.He also defends investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by federal regulatory agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and proactively counsels clients on current or prospective business practices to help avoid such investigations and enforcement proceedings in the first place. Mr. Benny also has experience in a broad range of litigation matters spanning from discovery to appellate practice involving franchise, trade secret, wrongful termination, and complex breach of contract claims. Selected Publications The CFPB's RESPA Consent Orders: Eight Key Takeaways, CFSL Bulletin (Feb. 6, 2017) CFPB Seeks Rehearing of D.C. Circuit Panel Ruling in PHH: What Now?, CFSL Bulletin (Nov. 21, 2016) "Natural" Modifications: The FDA’s Need to Promulgate an Official Definition of "Natural" that Includes Genetically Modified Organisms, George Washington Law Review (2012) Pro Bono Service Mr. Benny represents pro bono clients in various landlord/tenant, property, and construction related disputes. He is also the co-chair of Foley’s Thurgood Marshall Academy Law Day Program. Education Mr. Benny earned his law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School where he served as notes editor of The George Washington Law Review and as a member of the Moot Court Board. He was also co-chair of the Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. Mr. Benny graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in philosophy. Admissions Mr. Benny is admitted to practice law in Virginia, California and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.