Lafayette’s Straight Shooter Who Always Brings The Lagniappe
Standing Up To Big Business In Property Rights Claims
I founded Penner Law, LLC to aid landowners who have been taken advantage of by companies that don’t respect Louisiana property law or don’t honor their word. I also help landowners negotiate fair terms with right-of-way agents who are working for oil companies and pipeline companies. My practice also includes representing landowners who are being sued to have their land taken from them. I am here to listen to you and help you navigate the legal system.
A Well-Traveled and Highly Educated Attorney
I grew up on a small farm near Peoria, Illinois. My years of working in the fields and tending livestock built a respect in me for hard-working small landowners. This experience served me well later in life when I spent nearly two years living among Russians while pursuing my Ph.D. After earning my degree, I took a teaching position at the University of Memphis. When Hurricane Katrina hit, I was drawn to the city to conduct interviews and build an oral history of that time. I took those stories and turned them into a book, falling in love with Louisiana along the way.
I saw the injustice of what happened to people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and became interested in the law. A lawyer really gets to fight on a whole other level for people who are disenfranchised, so I enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans in 2009. After earning my J.D., I became aware of how big businesses were trying to push around small Louisiana landowners like the people I grew up with. This led me to get an advanced law degree in energy and environmental law from Tulane.
Today, I use my knowledge, skills and experience to fight for small landowners and family-owned businesses when their land rights are challenged by government and big business.
Always Game For A Battle Of Wills
I have been around the world and achieved great accomplishments in the courtroom. I was selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars from 2018 to 2021 and was named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff list in 2020 and 2021. I have won settlements against Shell Oil Company, Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP, Azimuth Energy, Aspect Energy and Gulf South Pipeline Company. Nothing scares me, and when I represent you in court, nothing should scare you.