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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®: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2011–2022; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2011–2022; Employment Law – Management, 2014–2022; Litigation – Health Care, 2020–2022; Labor Law – Management, 2020–2022; and New Haven Lawyer of the Year: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2022
  • 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

CPLR Article 52 Is Exclusive Vehicle to Challenge Use of Enforcement Procedures

Alerts

HHS OCR Issues Guidance on the Use of Remote Communication Technologies for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

Alerts

ADA Accessibility Lawsuits: Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Braille Gift Card Complaints

Alerts

Subchapter Five Debt Limit Update: What Was Down Is Heading Back Up!

Alerts

President Biden Uses Production Defense Act Authority to Suspend Tariffs on Solar Imports From China and Other Countries Amid Ongoing Commerce Probe

Alerts

Unwitnessed Fall From Ladder Amounts to Mere Speculation of Liability Under Labor Law

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