E. Victoria "Tori" Penny
Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense                                     
  • Health Care Law
  • General Litigation Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Defense
  • Administrative Licensing Proceedings

Education

  • Florida State University: B.S. in English Education 1998
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. 2006
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Florence, Italy, Summer 2005

While in law school, Ms. Penny was elected by her peers as the Vice President of the Mock Trial Team. She competed on the team for two years in various state and national competitions. She was also chosen as a member of the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association. She continues to provide pro bono services through the Public Interest Law Center at FSU College of Law, a relationship she developed while a student at the law school.

Professional

Ms. Penny is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, she worked in the legal field as a paralegal for 15 years and gained experience in medical malpractice defense, road construction litigation, premises liability, administrative healthcare law, employment law cases, asset forfeiture litigation, and administrative rulemaking.

Since joining the firm, her practice has focused on medical malpractice defense of hospitals, doctors, practitioners, nurses, and rehabilitation facilities. She has tried many complex medical negligence cases to verdict and has also successfully represented physicians, other healthcare providers and teachers in administrative proceedings regarding professional licensure issues. Ms. Penny's practice also consists of the defense of slip and fall cases, motor vehicle cases and other general tort defense throughout North Florida. In recent years, Ms. Penny has also acted as a coach to the Florida State University College of Law Mock Trial Team.

Ms. Penny is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Florida and is a member of the Trial Lawyers Section and the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, the Tallahassee Bar Association and the Jacksonville Bar Association. She is a member of Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) and Defense Research Institute (DRI).

News

Attorney Tori Penny obtained final summary judgment on behalf two registered nurses and partial summary judgment in favor of the employer hospital before trial in a case involving a baby who suffered a catastrophic brain injury. This complex medical negligence case had been ongoing for many years with as many as 14 defendants and had seen an appeal to the DCA and the Florida Supreme Court. Despite a demand for settlement made on all defendants that reached eight figures, the hospital was also dismissed after trial commenced.


Attorneys Jesse Suber & Tori Penny recently won a defense verdict in Bay County in a case defending an anesthesiologist wherein Plaintiff alleged malpractice of the doctor in his post-surgical care of a patient that caused the death of his patient.


Attorneys Jesse Suber and Tori Penny tried a case in Leon County and defeated a six figure demand for an alleged permanent brachial plexus injury that plaintiffs argued was caused by excessive traction applied by the nurse midwife during delivery. The jury agreed with defense arguments that there was no negligence committed by the healthcare providers that caused an injury to the baby.


Two of our attorneys successfully defended two orthopedic surgeons at trial against claims that alleged medical negligence caused permanent injury and deformity to a 4-year-old child’s arm. As a result of a fall from a rope swing, the child suffered a fracture to his elbow that required surgical repair. Plaintiff alleged that both of the orthopedic surgeons failed to provide adequate follow-up care after the surgery and failed to recognize compartment syndrome in the forearm. Plaintiff further alleged that the child’s permanent injury was caused by these failures.  Jesse Suber and Tori Penny tried the case to verdict in Okaloosa County, Florida, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of both surgeons.


A defense verdict was returned for our client hospital in a medical malpractice case where Plaintiff alleged negligent nursing care caused the patient to develop a pressure ulcer or a deep tissue injury on her heel. Attorneys Jesse Suber and Tori Penny presented evidence that the nursing care was at all times reasonable and appropriate and that it did not cause or contribute to the patient’s skin issues. The jury agreed and returned a verdict in favor of the hospital.