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Stephanie S. Penninger

Chair, Maritime Transportation
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Stephanie Penninger is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Transportation & Logistics Practice Groups and Chair of the firm’s Maritime Transportation Group. She focuses her practice on representing motor carriers, third party logistics providers, ocean transportation intermediaries, national shippers, large private fleets and water carriers in the domestic, non-contiguous trade lanes concerning transportation and logistics matters, including: providing counseling concerning maritime and admiralty law issues and regulatory compliance, handling maritime casualty matters, drafting ocean transportation service agreements, and prosecuting and defending freight charge disputes and cargo claims for loss, damage or delay.

Stephanie has experience representing national and regional clients in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Her experience also includes representing employers and employees in labor and employment matters, litigating disputes arising out of the employment relationship. This includes handling discrimination claims, covenants not to compete and trade secrets cases, duty of loyalty matters, and wage and contract disputes.


    • University of Michigan, 2002, B.A.
      • James B. Angell Scholar
      • University Honors
      • Member, Varsity Field Hockey Team
    • Michigan State University College of Law, 2005, J.D.
      • Co-Editor-in-Chief and Note and Comment Editor, Michigan State Journal of Gender Law
      • Author, “From Bosnia to Sudan: Sexual Violence in Modern Armed Conflict” (Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal, 2005)
      • Jurisprudence Achievement Award in Matrimonial Practice

    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

    • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Member, Indiana Bar Association
    • Vice-Chair, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
    • Associate Lawyer, Maritime Law Association of the United States
      • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States Special Committee on Cybersecurity
    • Member, Transportation Lawyers Association
      • Co-Chair of the Webinar Committee
    • Member, Transportation Intermediaries Association
      • Member, Food Advisory Committee
      • Member, Training and Education Committee
    • Member, Indiana Motor Truck Association
      • Member, Future Leaders of Indiana Council
    • Member, Indianapolis Transportation Club
    • Member, Traffic Club of the Lehigh Valley
    • Member, Women in Trucking Association
    • Member, Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy Planning Committee, 2013-2014
    • Member, Board of Directors, Forest Hills Neighborhood Association, 2012-2013
    • Member, Board of Directors, TheraPets of Indiana, Inc., 2012-2013