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Elizabeth Penn

Elizabeth Penn

Senior Counsel

Clients come to know Elizabeth as an innovative thinker who cares not only about their cases, but about their businesses and livelihoods.

Elizabeth defends clients in asbestos litigation in Louisiana’s state and federal courts. Since 2016, Elizabeth has managed a 100% asbestos docket, representing manufacturers, employers, and premise owners in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. She handles all aspects of the litigation life cycle—often defending multiple parties—up to and through trial, and she has extensive experience with depositions, motion practice, and trial.

Defending clients in multiple jury trials each year, Elizabeth has developed a sophisticated understanding of New Orleans juries. She’s highly skilled at jury selection in a jurisdiction where the jury pool is heavily affected by the issues presented in toxic tort litigation.

A resident of New Orleans, Elizabeth practices in a region with a massive volume of asbestos cases, where asbestos has touched nearly every resident’s life, and she routinely handles both household exposure and environmental claims. Elizabeth takes a historical perspective on clients’ cases, considering the scientific understanding of the era in which an exposure occurred. She litigates cases where she believes allegations are genuinely unfair—protecting not only clients, but also the funds intended for individuals who are truly entitled to compensation.

Elizabeth knows New Orleans asbestos litigation inside and out, offering clients deep insight into the judiciary and jury pools. She also has a gift for working with people, including opposing counsel, and she’s known for her ability to step back and consider the larger picture of a case. Elizabeth aims to find a resolution where it’s possible—and she has the experience to recommend the best course of action for trial when a resolution can’t be reached.




  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; 2021-2024
  • Super Lawyers; Louisiana Rising Stars, 2019-2021; Mid-South Rising Stars, 2017-2021


  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law
    • Mississippi Law Journal, Associate Editor
    • Patrick Michael Magann Public Interest Award
  • B.B.A., Mississippi State University


  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Elizabeth is associated with the Houston office for telephone and mail purposes only. She is not admitted in Texas.

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

*Elizabeth works remotely and is licensed in Louisiana, practicing in New Orleans. Contact Elizabeth via email or phone for in-person/virtual meetings. Use our Houston address for mail/deliveries only.
  • Management of all aspects of asbestos litigation in Louisiana state and federal courts, representing product manufacturers, employers, and premise owners, often representing multiple parties.
  • Significant trial experience, including voir dire, opening statement, expert preparation, and strategic management.
  • Extensive deposition experience, including defending and cross-examining expert witnesses, preparing and defending corporate representatives, and cross-examining mesothelioma plaintiffs in perpetuation depositions.
  • Substantial pretrial motion practice, including jurisdictional challenges, Daubert and summary judgment motions, evidentiary challenges, enforcement of prior releases, and indemnification demands.
  • Active discovery practice, including eDiscovery negotiation and management.
Outside the Office

Elizabeth and her children live in the Riverbend of New Orleans and are active members of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. She is a member of the Crossroads network and is committed to their mission of connecting and supporting Louisiana families experiencing foster care. Elizabeth enjoys sharing New Orleans culture with her children and is a frequent visitor to City Park, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, and the Audubon Institute.

Elizabeth also loves Broadway, spending time outdoors, and reading historic nonfiction.