Eben P. Colby





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Eben Colby is a partner with Skadden’s Litigation Group in the firm’s Boston office. His practice involves a wide range of large-scale and complex commercial, corporate and regulatory matters. Mr. Colby has litigated in state and federal trial and appellate courts around the United States, regulatory and administrative proceedings, and private arbitrations and mediations.

Mr. Colby’s notable matters include:

  • obtaining a jury verdict in a Massachusetts business court in favor of an investment adviser in an action brought by a former executive involving deferred compensation and other claims, including successfully obtaining a jury finding that the former executive breached fiduciary duties;
  • securing summary-judgment dismissal of Rule 10b-5 claims against one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies in an MDL proceeding consolidating more than 80 putative class actions;
  • securing summary-judgment dismissal, affirmed on appeal, of state court fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other claims against an investment adviser brought by a state employees’ retirement system;
  • representing a Massachusetts high-technology company in covenant not to compete and “employee raiding” litigation;
  • representing high-technology and pharmaceutical companies in SEC insider trading investigations related to acquisitions and FDA approval processes;
  • representing a large investment adviser in multiple employment disputes involving fiduciary duty, wrongful termination and contract claims concerning tens of millions of dollars of compensation; and
  • representing mutual fund firms in a broad range of investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC, the DOJ, and state and self-regulatory agencies.

Mr. Colby was selected as one of the National Law Journal’s "Rising Stars" in Boston for 2014. He was awarded the 2013 Women’s Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award for his work in abuse prevention cases for clients in crisis due to domestic violence.

Bar Admissions



J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 2001 (with honors)

B.A., Georgetown University, 1998


Law Clerk to the Hon. William J. Sullivan, Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court (2001-2002)


Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association, Sub-Committee on Civil Enforcement

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