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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."



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 serves as counsel to the US District Court for the District of Connecticut Federal Grievance Committee. She is also an independent investigator of sexual-misconduct claims at academic institutions and other organizations and investigates and reports on institutional cultures and structures with the goal of preventing discrimination and other forms of misconduct.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Judiciary Committee Member; Federal Practice Section Executive Committee Member and Former Co-Chair
  • 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
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow and Education and Program Committee Member
  • Federal Bar Council
  • CT Statewide Grievance Committee, Former Chair and Member


Prior Experience

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

Selected Community Activities

  • The John B. Pierce Foundation and Laboratory, Trustee and Director
  • Chloe's Closet, Inc., Vice President
  • Mory’s Association, Secretary Pro Tem
  • Whitney Center, Quality of Life Committee Member

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law – Management, Medical Malpractice Law –Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation –Defendants, 2003-2019

  • Connecticut Law Tribune, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Edward F. Hennessey Award for Professionalism, 2014

  • Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc., Equal Access to Justice Award, 2010

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review-Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, 1987-2019


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

Featured Media


Courtroom Battles Ahead for Emergency Regulations Addressing Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illnesses


Court of Appeals Green Lights Associational Discrimination Lawsuit Under the ADA


Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Contractual Limitation Period for Title VII Claims

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