D'Ann Penner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Lafayette, LA

Penner Law, LLC
 | 201 Settlers Trace Blvd, #3411
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone: 877-880-3115
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2014
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Environmental Litigation (20%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Energy & Natural Resources (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Russian
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

D’ann “Dee” Penner is the Founder of Penner Law. Working out of the firm’s office in Lafayette, Louisiana, she represents clients throughout the state in a wide variety of civil matters.

Ms. Penner majored in history at California State University, Fresno, and she received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 1989. After obtaining both a Master of Arts in history summa cum laude and a Doctor of Philosophy in history summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, she was a professor at The University of Memphis and then a visiting scholar before enrolling at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and in 2012, she was awarded her Juris Doctor. Ms. Penner also holds a Master of Laws in energy and environment from Tulane Law School.

A significant portion of Ms. Penner’s practice entails personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Her cases have included accidents involving fishing boats, offshore drilling rigs, and supply vessels. Outside of the maritime area, Ms. Penner’s negligence practice has included railroad crossing accidents as well as truck and other motor vehicle crashes.

Ms. Penner’s practice additionally includes environmental and energy matters. She has worked on cases involving oil and gas lease disputes, pipeline rights of way, and property contamination. She has a traditional commercial litigation caseload as well, including trade secret misappropriation and unfair business practices. Admitted to practice in Louisiana, Ms. Penner is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Eminent Domain
  • 20%Insurance Coverage
  • 20%Environmental Litigation
  • 20%Appellate
  • 10%Energy & Natural Resources


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Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021

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About D'Ann Penner

Admitted: 2014, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: https://www.penner.law/d-ann-penner


  • Cali Award for Highest Grade in Advanced Oil and Gas Law taught by Loulan Pitre, 2014
  • Top Young Lawyers in Louisiana, American Registry, 2020
  • Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers in Louisiana, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers' Rising Stars, 2018-2020
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, Highest Grade in Toxic Torts Seminar (Mark Surprenant)
  • Cali Award for Highest Grade in Toxic Torts taught by Mark Surprenant, 2011  
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, Scholarship, 2009-2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice 
  • The Christian Trial Lawyers Association
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member
  • United States Supreme Court, 2017
  • A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court, Member, 2014 - present
  • Louisiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2015  
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2015
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present  
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founded the Landowners Justice Project to assist small landowners who are threatened by energy companies seeking to take their land for private gain or who have had their property damaged by large companies unwilling to honor their contractual obligations, 2020
  • Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change
  • Represented Karla Herrera in her successful bid for asylum in the United States based on her history as a victim of abuse in Honduras, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Reversing Coastal Land Loss: Economic, Legal, and Policy Considerations, 61 Loy. L. Rev. 525, 2015
  • Associate Professor, University of Memphis, Department of History
  • Legacy Litigation in Louisiana, Loyola University (Mark Surprenant), 2014
  • Legacy Litigation: What is Reasonable Behavior in the Oilfield?, 28 TUL. ENVTL. L. J , 2, 2015
  • Overcoming Katrina, Palgrave Press, 2009  
  • The Lessons of Overcoming Katrina, Congressional Hill Lecture, 2010  


  • Stansbury v. Plaza Insurance Company:  tried to verdict in front of a jury; side-swipe accident; 1 million dollar verdict, 2019

Representative Clients:

  • Plaintiffs in a multi-fatality railroad crossing collision case in New Iberia, 2020
  • Rockefeller Family Fund in a research project on landowner rights in Louisiana, 2020
  • Charles F. Miller Family Group, LLC in a pipeline trespass case against Air Liquide Large Industries US LP, 2020
  • Lake Charles Rubber & Gasket, LLC and Vesta Johnston in an unfair trade practices and uniform trade secrets case involving the misappropriation of 14,532 business files by a departing employee, 2017
  • Mary Huggins in a pipeline trespass case against Air Liquide Large Industries US LP, 2020
  • Luther Comardelle and Adam O. Dufrene family in a pipeline trespass case in Lafourche Parish against Azimuth Energy and Gulf South Pipeline Company LP, 2018
  • Stevens v. BNSF Railway Company, et al -- Alan Stevens was seriously injured when the SUV he was driving stalled on the tracks and the oncoming train collided with his SUV, which then struck him and propelled him through the air into the ditch., 2019

Educational Background:

  • LLM in Litigation Management from Baylor University expected December 2021, 2020
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, M.A., Major: History, 1991
  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, LL.M., 2015
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, Ph.D., summa cum laude, Major: History, 1995
  • California State University at Fresno, Fresno, California, B.A. summa cum laude, Honors: Outstanding Senior in History, Major: History, 1989
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Lafayette, LA 70508

Phone: 877-880-3115

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