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Moira Penza is a Partner at Wilkinson Stekloff. She is an accomplished litigator with a proven track record winning high-stakes civil and criminal trials. She has been called a “legal star” and a “canny legal strategist,” and she has been recognized for both her confidence and her humility. 

For her achievements, Moira has received many accolades: She was named to Bloomberg Law’s inaugural They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40 list; was honored by Law360 as a Rising Star in the prestigious “Trials” category; was named to City & State’s Law Power 100 list for two years running, recognizing Moira as one of New York’s 100 most influential lawyers; and selected for Crain’s New York Notable Women in Law List, and its Business 40 Under 40 List, recognizing the most accomplished New York City-based professionals across all sectors of the business world. 

Currently Moira is one of the lead lawyers representing Altria in FTC, MDL and private antitrust litigation arising out of its minority investment in the e-vapor product JUUL. In June 2021 Moira served as trial counsel for Altria in a bench trial before the FTC where Moira led the preparation and examinations of the science witnesses. A decision in that case will follow post-trial briefing. 

Since joining Wilkinson Stekloff, Moira has been the lead attorney on other high-profile matters. In January 2020, Moira was retained to serve as co-lead trial counsel for Allergan in a federal antitrust class action arising out of allegations of anticompetitive conduct related to a popular oral contraceptive. The case, which involved approximately $8 billion in trebled damages, settled favorably just days before Moira was set to deliver the opening statement. Moira is also currently co-leading the pro bono representation of Summer Zervos in her defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump based on his public denials of a 2007 sexual assault. 

Before joining the firm, Moira served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she led numerous criminal investigations and prosecutions involving both white collar and violent crime. Notably, Moira’s groundbreaking prosecution and trial conviction of Keith Raniere—the leader of a purported self-help group—generated worldwide media attention and has been credited with paving the way for other sex trafficking prosecutions against powerful individuals. 

Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Moira practiced at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she helped secure favorable results, including trial victories, for a broad range of clients across industries. 


Updated July 2021