Ethan N. Penn


Mr. Penn has been practicing in the areas of insurance defense and casualty litigation for 20 years. Licensed to practice in Louisiana and Mississippi, his practice focuses on insurance coverage of all types, as well as construction, both counsel and litigation. It also includes personal injury and property damage defense. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mr. Penn has done significant work in residential and commercial construction matters, on behalf of insurers and the contractors and artisans they insure. He has experience in fire losses, business losses, and offshore injury and damage cases. He has defended electrical product and automobile product manufacturers as well.

Mr. Penn has also defended errors and omissions and professional liability claims on behalf of such clients as architects, hospital management companies, employee-benefits consultants and real estate professionals. He provides ongoing counsel to insurers (both first- and third-party), insurance brokers, coverholders and agents, including underwriting and claims-handling professionals.

Mr. Penn has tried construction defect, personal injury and property damage cases to verdict before both judges and juries throughout Louisiana. He has also been a presenter to insurance professionals and attorneys in continuing education on insurance coverage and construction defect matters.

Above all, Mr. Penn seeks early efficient, cost-effective and creative solutions aimed at limiting both expense, as well as damage, exposure.

Mr. Penn is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi. He has received the "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell peer-review system, which is the highest rating available for an attorney for both practice and ethics.


  • All Louisiana trial and appellate Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • All Mississippi Courts of Law and Equity
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi

Areas of Practice

Primary and Excess Insurance Coverage Matters
General Liability Defense, Property and Casualty Litigation
Construction Law and Construction Defect
First-Party Coverage and Litigation
Errors and Omissions/Professional Liability Coverage and Defense
Complex Litigation
Insurance Regulation
Product Liability


  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar


  • University of California, San Diego, BA, 1992
  • Tulane University Law School, JD, 1996