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With more than 40 years of civil litigation experience in state and federal courts, my practice is primarily focused on toxic tort and occupational exposure claims at the trial and appellate levels. Because I am especially interested in cases of first impression, which involve unique and novel questions of law not previously addressed in Louisiana jurisprudence, I have become adept at untangling highly complex matters and successfully tackling cases from which other attorneys might shy away. 


Patricia (Patti) Penton works primarily practices insurance defense law, defending premises owners, employers, executive officers, suppliers and contractors in occupational disease suits brought by industrial, shipyard, foundry and construction workers, longshoremen and maritime employees. A great deal of her work has focused on toxic tort litigation, in particular asbestos, silica, benzene, naturally occurring radioactive material, and multi-district litigation (MDL) involving welding fumes. 

Patti has defended and provided other legal services to foreign and domestic insurers, both primary and excess, as well as companies involved in ship building and repair, marine transportation, offshore oil exploration, oil and gas production and transportation, and assisted companies concerning Louisiana’s Artificial Reefs program. She has pursued and defended property damage claims, maritime property damage claims, oil spills, chemical releases, cargo loss claims and vessel construction disputes, as well as maritime litigation including Jones Act and Longshore personal injury and death claims resulting from explosions, capsizing and sinking, collisions between vessels and allisions. She has also represented state and local agencies in defending issues such as 1983 civil rights violations, naturally occurring vibrio vulnificus septicemia claims, CIRCLA actions, negligent hiring claims and zoning issues. Patti also regularly handles various commercial transactions, files limitation of liability actions on behalf of ship owners, performs vessel seizures, and prepares 8(i) settlements and time-charter agreements. 

Prior to joining Lugenbuhl, Patti served as a partner with the law firm of Lee, Futrell & Perles, where she successfully defended occupational disease and toxic exposure claims, having the privilege of being involved with several cases of first impression. She has also served as an Assistant District Attorney for St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Slidell, and an adjunct instructor of business law at Delgado Community College. 

Patti is admitted to practice law in all Louisiana state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Westerns Districts of Louisiana, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. 

Outside the Office

When not in the office, Patti enjoys spending time with his family, including her two-year-old granddaughter; creating stained glass art; and embarking on exciting travels. 


  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., 1979


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • All Louisiana State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Louisiana State Bar Association 
  • New Orleans Bar Association 
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel 

  • Martindale Hubbell: AV Preeminent Rating 

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