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D'Ann Penner

D'Ann "Dee" Penner

Dee Penner is the Founder of Penner Law.  The daughter and granddaughter of small farmers, Dee is passionate about providing quality legal representation to landowners who have been wrongly deprived of their rights.  She has litigated a wide variety of property rights claims in both state and federal court, and has briefed appellate matters before the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit.  Dee represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including unfair trade practices claims, pipeline trespass cases, property damage cases, land-loss cases, and toxic torts. She has represented several landowners sued by pipeline companies which were trying to seize their land for pennies on the dollar. Dee works for small and large landowners facing companies seeking pipeline right-of-ways or leases. She helps draft wills and organize small succession affidavits so that small landowners can cure any problems they might have proving that they own the land that was passed down to them by their kin.  Finally, Dee also fights for justice for victims of railgrade crossing collisions. 

Dee handles all aspects of litigation from client intake through trial.  She is ranked as one of the top 100 civil trial lawyers in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers. Since 2018, Dee has been selected as a Super Lawyers Louisiana Rising Star, an honor given to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Louisiana. 

Prior to founding Penner Law, Dee worked as an associate at two of Louisiana's best plaintiffs' firms handling land contamination cases, commercial litigation, maritime cases, and personal injury lawsuits.  During that time period, she represented over 150 clients and handled trials, mediations, hearings, and depositions.

Dee earned her JD at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and her LLM in Environmental Law from Tulane University.  She is working to get an Executive LLM in Litigation Management at Baylor University..  Dee earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley.  She was a tenured history professor at the University of Memphis and the Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change before she traded academia for the law.  The author of two books, Dee has also written two law review articles and regularly publishes blogs on issues important to landowners.    

Personal Background

Raised on a farm near a small town – population 200 -- Dee grew up working in her father's soybean fields and driving tractors from an early age.

She lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, a stone's throw away from the Atchafalaya Basin, and enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Dee has published two books, including a book on the forced famine of 1932-1933 in Communist Russia and its impact on oppressed farming people and a book about New Orleanians who triumphed over the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina through hard work, faith, creativity, and perseverance.

Representative Cases

In 2019, Dee was second chair in a jury trial on a side-swipe collision that resulted in an award of 1.5 million dollars.

In 2019, Dee secured a settlement for 125 plaintiffs against Azimuth Energy, Aspect Energy, and Gulf South Pipeline Company for a trespassing flow line and above-ground valve operator on the Dufrene family's marsh land. 

From 2016-2018, Dee orchestrated the electronic discovery process in a complicated unfair trade practices case that provided the evidence that proved that the departing general manager of Lake Charles Rubber and Gasket and his associates left with no less than 14,532 business files, which were used to start and run a competing business.

In 2017, Dee successfully defended the seller of property in Calcasieu Parish, who properly disclosed the presence of wetlands on the property to her realtor, prevailing on summary judgment against the buyer.

In 2017, Dee also negotiated a favorable settlement with Enterprise Products that rebuffed the unfair terms Enterprise had attempted to bully the Miller family into accepting, thereby protecting the family's honor. 

In 2016, Dee secured a settlement for the same Miller family in a lawsuit over a 500-foot pipeline placed by Shell Oil Company on the family's property without its permission and operated for approximately ten years. 

In 2016, she won asylum for Karla Herrera, an 18-year-old abuse victim from Honduras.

Education

B.A. – California State University, Fresno, 1989

M.A. – University of California at Berkeley, 1991

Ph.D. – University of California at Berkeley 1995

J.D. – Loyola New Orleans, 2012

LLM – Tulane University,  2015

Executive LLM – Baylor University (expected December 2021)

Admissions and Certifications

State Bar of Louisiana

United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Affiliations

Member, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2020)

Rising Star Super Lawyers (2018-2020)

State Bar of Louisiana

Louisiana Association for Justice

American Association for Justice 

The Christian Trial Lawyers Association

Recommendations

  • Leaving No Stone Unturned

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and helping our family with this victory.  We are so impressed with your persistence and diligence and leaving no stone unturned.  You are always available to us and that is a rare quality today.
  • Great Fortune

    My family had a large legal case that went on for years.  I had the misfortune of needing legal counsel, but the great fortune of working with Dee.  She worked tirelessly on our behalf.  She handled every aspect of the case, yet always made herself available to answer my questions.  She was never...
  • Like a Family Member

    Thank you for all the work you, especially Dee, did for us. I love you like a family member.  I still don't have quite enough to get my car yet, but God will help me to achieve it.  Thanks from all of the family. 
  • Great Representation

    Dee represented our family in a pipeline trespass case in Lafourche Parish. She kept us informed on every aspect of the case. She met with us several times and was always able to answer our questions in a way we could understand. She always made it convenient for us when we had to meet. When we h...
  • Pipeline trespass

    D'Ann did me a great job for me. She is for the little person, not for Big Oil. She will stand up for you and go all the way to help all she can. If you have a problem, she will level with you and let you know your options. I would not use any other person. 
  • Fearless Advocate

    From 2017-2019, Dee represented our family in a pipeline trespass case in Lafourche Parish.  We had occasion to meet with her on multiple occasions because of the unending stream of discovery requests from the defendants, who were deep-pocketed oil companies with numerous attorneys.  We also saw ...
  • She’s very sharp

    When Johnny brought me by to meet you, I confess, I had thought of the Shell case as a long shot. But as I sat and listened while you asked him questions about how he learned about the trespass, I was so impressed.  I later told our siblings, “You know, she might actually win something for us.  S...

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