Eric J. Risley Jr



Eric Joseph (E.J.) Risley is an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Transactions Practice.

E.J. was a summer associate in Foley’s Boston office, where he worked in the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice. Prior to joining Foley, he was a legal intern at Minerva Neurosciences, a public biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies to treat central nervous system disorders. E.J. also worked as a legal intern at iSpecimen, a venture-backed biotechnology company.


E.J. earned his law degree from Boston College Law School (J.D., 2018), where he served as managing editor of the Environmental Affairs Law Review. He holds a master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A., 2018) from the Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy (B.A., 2014) also from Boston College.


E.J. is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.


  • Author, “Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing: Why Shareholder Suits Would be Ineffective to Promote Corporate Responses to Climate Change,” Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Vol. 44, Issue 2 (2017)
  • Author, “Caveat Emptor: How the Public Trust Doctrine Impacts the Penn Central Test and a Beachfront Owner’s Bundle of Rights,” Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Vol. 43, E. Supp (2016)