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PennyMason

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"Building trust with my clients and seeing them follow my legal advice with positive results are the most satisfying parts of my job as an attorney."

Overview

Biography

With over 35 years of trial experience in state and federal courts, Penny has handled matters involving complex litigation, medical-malpractice defense, and employment law. She has defended clients against age, sex, and race discrimination claims, breach of employment contracts, and related torts and has provided day-to-day advice on employment issues for both small and large businesses and institutions. She has also represented medical and legal professionals in administrative proceedings before licensing boards.

Penny is an independent investigator of sexual-misconduct and Title IX claims at academic institutions and other organizations and investigates and reports on organizational cultures and structures with the goal of preventing discrimination and other forms of misconduct.

In addition to her own practice, Penny serves as a member of the firm's Diversity Partner Committee.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Judiciary Committee Member; Federal Practice Section Executive Committee Member and Former Co-Chair; Experienced Lawyers Committee Member
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Executive Committee Member and Former President

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Law Institute, Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Concluding Provisions Advisor
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow and Education and Program Committee Member
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Federal Grievance Committee, Former Counsel
  • CT Statewide Grievance Committee, Former Chair and Member

Experience

Prior Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Partner
  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP, Assistant Managing Partner

Selected Community Activities

  • The John B. Pierce Foundation and Laboratory, Board of Directors President 
  • The Club at Mory’s, Secretary Pro Tem
  • Cultural Competency Task Force, Former Board Officer
  • Whitney Center, Quality of Life Committee Member
  • New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc., Former Board President

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law – Management, 2014–2023; Labor Law – Management, 2020–2023; Litigation – Health Care, 2020–2023; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2011–2023; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2011–2023; New Haven "Lawyer of the Year": Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2022; Litigation – Health Care, 2023
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review-Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, 1987–2021; Judicial Edition Rating, 2022
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Edward F. Hennessey Award for Professionalism, 2014
  • Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc., Equal Access to Justice Award, 2010
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New Haven County Bar Association, “Federal Court Grievance Process” Ethics CLE
  • New Haven County Bar Association, “Federal Court Grievances and How to Avoid Being Grieved” Ethics CLE
  • Benchers, “Reflections on Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e) and the Humanitarian Exception”
  • Benchers, “Lawyer Jokes: Modern Trickster Folklore”

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

NYS Submits 1115 Waiver Amendment (Health Equity Reform) to CMS

Alerts

Federal Court Sanctions Party Where Corporate Representative Answered "I Don't Know" over 100 Times During 30(b)(6) Deposition

Alerts

COVID-19 Business Interruption Update: Second Circuit Issues Decisions in Favor of Insurers Dismissing Claims

Alerts

NYS Governor Hochul Signs Bill Expanding the Decision-Making Rights of Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Alerts

Board of Regents Adopts Emergency Regulations on the Mental Health Diagnostic Privilege

Alerts

Utility Companies Not Liable for Substations They Do Not Own, Operate, or Supervise

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