D'Ann R. Penner

D'Ann R. Penner

Lake Charles, Louisiana
D'Ann received an LLM with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Law from Tulane Law School in 2015. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2012. While at Loyola, D'Ann was selected to join the Black Law Students' Association Moot Court Team. D'Ann is an associate attorney in the firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC in Lake Charles. The firm handles environmental litigation, oil and gas litigation, serious personal injury and maritime law claims, and commercial litigation. She is a member of both the A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court and the Tulane Inn of Court. Prior to joining Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, she clerked for four judges at the Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans from 2010-2014 and was an associate in Loulan Pitre's office in New Orleans.  She graduated, summa cum laude, with a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. In 2007, she exchanged the tranquility of work as a tenured history professor at the University of Memphis for the drama of high stakes litigation after researching a book on the impact of the Army Corps of Engineer's grossly negligent maintenance of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on historic, neighboring communities after Hurricane Katrina.

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental Law
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2015


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • LL.M. - 2015
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: Scholarship, 2009-2012
    • Honors: Highest Grade in Toxic Torts Seminar (Mark Surprenant)
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • Ph.D. summa cum laude - 1995
    • Major: History
  • California State University at Fresno, Fresno, California
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1989
    • Honors: Outstanding Senior in History
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Reversing Coastal Land Loss: Economic, Legal, and Policy Considerations, 61 Loy. L. Rev. 525, 2015
  • Legacy Litigation: What is Reasonable Behavior in the Oilfield?, 28 TUL. ENVTL. L. J , 2, 2015
  • Overcoming Katrina, Palgrave Press, 2009


  • Legacy Litigation in Louisiana, Loyola University (Mark Surprenant), 2014
  • The Lessons of Overcoming Katrina, Congressional Hill Lecture, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Cali Award for Highest Grade in Advanced Oil and Gas Law taught by Loulan Pitre, 2014
  • Cali Award for Highest Grade in Toxic Torts taught by Mark Surprenant, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Kelly Hart & Pitre, Associate Attorney, 2014 - 2015
  • Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, Judicial Law Clerk, 2010 - 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Attorney for the Pro Bono Project, 2014 - 2015
  • Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, 2004 - 2006


  • English
  • Russian