Kimberly S. Penner, J.D., M.S., M.A.
Ms. Penner practices in complex litigation, with a focus on life sciences and health effects, for companies such as Upjohn, Pharmacia, Pfizer, Bristol-Myer Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline and AbbVie. In addition to courtroom experience, Ms. Penner has extensive experience in managing litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions, in consolidated and multidistrict proceedings, and in class actions. Her product liability work spans pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other mechanical devices. Pharmaceuticals she has worked with include DES, Provera, anxiolytics, sleeping medication, Depo-Provera contraceptive injection, antidepressants, antiemetics, antidiabetic medications, phenylpropanolamine (PPA) and hormone replacement therapy for men and women. She has also represented medical device manufacturers of products such as the Dalkon Shield, breast implants and implantable orthopedic devices. Additional product liability cases in Ms. Penner’s background include power tools, radio-controlled cars and smoke detectors. Ms. Penner’s litigation experience extends to the appellate courts of both state and federal jurisdictions. She is also a Registered Patent Attorney.
As national counsel for Pfizer in the Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection bone mineral density litigation, Ms. Penner led her team to five summary judgment wins in federal courts around the country, including a dismissal of a multi-plaintiff case in the Southern District of Mississippi.
Ms. Penner’s science background, including an undergraduate degree in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University as well as master’s degrees in biochemisty and sociology, allows her to dig into and digest the basic science underlying claims of injury from pharmaceutical and medical device use. Recognizing the importance of the emerging role of genetics in pharmaceutical litigation, she is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Genomics and Individualized Medicine from Johns Hopkins.