Recognized since 2021
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
A Richmond native, Penn earned his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and went to work on Capitol Hill as part of the Oversight and Investigations staff for the House Commerce Committee.
Eager to pursue a career as a lawyer, Penn enrolled at the University of Richmond’s T. C. Williams School of Law, where he served on the Journal of Law in the Public Interest and was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Williams Scholarship.
As a law student, Penn says, he heard the best advice that he ever received from the Honorable Robert R. Merhige Jr., who was longtime judge with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
“Judge Merhige told my law school class to always remember that it is a privilege to represent people as an attorney and that if we remembered that it would put all of the difficulties and challenges of law into perspective,” Penn says.
Upon graduation, he joined a general practice law firm and gained experience in a wide range of legal matters, including criminal defense law and commercial litigation. One of the cases he worked on led to the Virginia Supreme Court’s first interpretation of the Virginia Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) Act. Penn also served as a guardian ad litem for Richmond-area children.
“Having previously served in a general practice firm, I was able to see the interaction of many other areas of the law,” he says. “These experiences have helped me to see how judges interpret statutes and how juries react to different factual scenarios. When seeking results for your clients, it’s important to recognize these subtle patterns.”
Penn received the “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorneys” standards of excellence award from The National Trial Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.
Best Lawyers in America 2021-2023
Penn has authored several published legal articles and served as a speaker at educational seminars. In 2013, he was named to the Board of Commonwealth Community Trust, which administers third-party trusts for people with disabilities, and served as President of the Board from 2021-2022.
Outside of his work, Penn enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports and getting out into the great outdoors.
- 5501 Staples Mill Road
P.O. Box 28057
Richmond, VA 23228-0057
- University of Richmond, J.D., graduated 2002
- Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
- National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorneys
- Academy of Trucks Accident Attorneys (ATAA)
- Commonwealth Community Trust, President (2019-present)
- Best Lawyers in America 2021-2022
- Superlawyers 2020-2023
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