D'Ann R. Penner is an associate at Larry Curtis, APLC. From her office in Lafayette, Louisiana, she represents companies and individuals throughout Louisiana in a variety of civil litigation matters. D'Ann practices in the areas of maritime personal injury and wrongful death involving offshore drilling rig accidents, supply, utility and crew boat accidents, dredge boat accidents, fishing boat accidents, construction barge accidents, commercial diving accidents, and helicopter accidents, as well as accidents involving railroad employees (FELA claims), railroad crossing accidents, and automobile and commercial truck accidents.
D'Ann also has an active property law and environmental law practice, and she assists landowners who are suing oil and gas companies that have used their properties without permission or have contaminated their properties through poor drilling practices or pipeline leaks. She also has experience in litigation against companies based on oil and gas lease disputes and against pipeline companies for the failure to honor right of way agreements to maintain the width of pipeline canals leading to the loss of wetlands and mineral rights. She has also represented small businesses in business litigation, including violation of the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Louisiana Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Dr. Penner has an appellate practice, too.
Fluent in English and Russian, D'Ann possesses several degrees. She majored in history at California State University, Fresno, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude. After receiving a Ph.D. in history summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1995, she was an associate professor at the University of Memphis and then a visiting scholar at Columbia University before deciding to pursue a legal education. D'Ann enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on a scholarship and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2012. She later earned an LL.M. in energy and environment from Tulane University Law School.
Admitted to practice in Louisiana, D'Ann is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been elected to Louisiana Super Lawyers' Rising Stars in 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2020, D'Ann was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Civil Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer in Louisiana. She has had several articles on environmental law matters published in legal journals, and she is an active participant in the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court.
Diploma from Moody Bible Institute, 1985 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
Member, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2020) Rising Star Super Lawyers (2018-2020) The Christian Trial Lawyers Association State Bar of Louisiana Louisiana Association for Justice American Association for Justice
Past Employment Positions
Larry Curtis, APLC (Lafayette, LA), Associate Attorney Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC (Lake Charles, LA), Associate Attorney Kelly, Hart & Pitre (New Orleans, LA), Associate Attorney Honorable Pro Tempore Judge Val Exnicios for the Civil District Court of New Orleans, Law Clerk Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, Memphis, Tennessee, Director University of Memphis, Department of History, Memphis, Tennessee, Associate Professor