Deeply committed to intellectual property law as the great intersection of law, science and business, Penny’s clients depend on her to safeguard their important innovations and brands.


A registered patent attorney, Penny applies her extensive experience in patent matters in the U.S. and internationally to help clients avoid infringement claims and protect their most valuable intellectual property across a wide range of chemical, biochemical and mechanical inventions.

Penny’s practice extends to pharmaceuticals and veterinary products, industrial processes and equipment, chemical compositions, and consumer products. She advises on freedom to operate concerns and guides early assessment and strategic direction for patent litigation matters. She litigates patent cases before U.S. district courts and the Federal Circuit and handles post grant Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the United States Patent Office. Her trademark experience extends to managing international trademark portfolios and counseling clients on the adoption, use and infringement of valuable trademark assets.


Penny successfully represented a major boat manufacturer in district court litigation for patent infringement and in related IPR proceedings before the PTAB.

Penny assisted a major manufacturer develop and introduce a new mechanical product/system into a competitive field, evaluating competitor patent portfolios, assessing risks and potential design-around alternatives, and providing freedom to operate opinions.

She manages the international trademark portfolio of a major sporting goods company and oversees the cease-and-desist enforcement program to protect its well-known brands.

Penny serves as outside IP general counsel for companies in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement strategies in industries including consumer products companies and OEM suppliers.

News & Insights




Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2011 and 2017 Kansas City, Mo., Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year"

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law

Named a “Top 50 Under 45” IP lawyer in IP Law and Businesses, May 2008

Penny is listed as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

International Trademark Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Missouri Bar

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association


  • Missouri, 1990
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1989


University of Missouri – Kansas City, J.D., 1990

College of the Ozarks, B.A., Chemistry, cum laude, 1987

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