Penelope A. Preovolos - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Penelope A. Preovolos

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Ms. Preovolos is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster.  She has extensive experience in antitrust, false advertising/unfair trade practice, and consumer class action litigation and counseling.  She has served as lead counsel in a number of major  antitrust, consumer class action, false advertising, and unfair competition cases, including two recent MDL proceedings.  Ms. Preovolos has spoken and written extensively on antitrust, consumer class action, and unfair trade practice topics.  She is listed by Chambers USA as one of California’s leading antitrust lawyers  and is recommended by Practical Law Company’s Which lawyer? Yearbook as an antitrust practitioner. Ms. Preovolos served as co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Group from 1990 to 2004 and as managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office from 1995 to 1996.  Ms. Preovolos became associated with Morrison & Foerster in 1980, and became a partner in 1985.

Ms. Preovolos served as Secretary (1993-1994) and Chair (1994-1995) of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the State Bar of California.  She is a member of the Litigation and Antitrust Sections of the American Bar Association, and has served on the Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice & Internal Operating Procedures.   She served for many years as a member of the board of the San Francisco Legal Services Foundation. 

University of California BerkeleyAB 1976Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1979

Case History

In re Tableware Antitrust Litigation — Counsel for Lenox in alleged antitrust conspiracy case in the Northern District of California.  Plaintiffs alleged resale price maintenance and related vertical distributional restraints, as well as horizontal conspiracies at both the retailer and manufacturer levels.  Settled. 
American Booksellers Association v. Barnes & Noble et al. — Defended Barnes & Noble in action alleging violations of the Robinson-Patman Act and related state law violations.  Obtained summary judgment on all damages claims.  Also obtained summary judgment establishing that integrated wholesaler/retailer which sold no third party products but performed wholesaler functions for its own retail stores could establish "functional discount" defense.  Plaintiffs dropped case after less than two weeks of trial. 
In re Department Store Cosmetics Antitrust Litigation — Represented Chanel Ltd. in antitrust class action challenging multiple distribution and pricing practices under federal and state antitrust laws.  Worked with other defense counsel in crafting novel settlement involving distribution of products direct to consumers.  Successfully defended settlement before trial court and on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. 

Office Location

425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the San Francisco Metro Area
Penelope A. Preovolos has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Antitrust

Other Information

Gender: Female