Douglas E. Penner

Doug is a partner with the firm and member of the Litigation and Healthcare Law practice groups.  His multifaceted experience in the areas of medical malpractice defense, risk management, data privacy, cybersecurity and healthcare law brings tremendous depth and experience to his practice representing hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses and other health care providers in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and North Carolina.  His unique combination of defending claims and risk management gives him an unparalleled ability to understand and counsel clients on critical matters of risk mitigation.  Doug’s advocacy role also extends to healthcare providers who are faced with disciplinary proceedings before their respective professional licensing boards as well as credentialing and peer review actions. His legal expertise includes professional liability defense of accountants, architects, engineers, realtors, and lawyers. In addition, Doug has extensive litigation experience representing businesses, municipalities, public agencies, and individuals in a wide range civil litigation matters including complex litigation involving construction, product liability, automobile, premises, catastrophic personal injury and property damage.

The Catholic University of America, J.D., 1998
James Madison University, B.A., 1992
Bar/Court Admissions
Commonwealth of Virginia
North Carolina
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
Virginia State Bar - Healthcare and Litigation Sections Board of Governors, 2013-2017; Past Chair 2015-2016
Virginia Bar Association - Healthcare and Litigation Sections
North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina State Bar Association
Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Defense Research Institute
Virginia Association of Hospital Risk Managers
News and Updates
Virginia Business Announces 24th Edition “Legal Elite”
Posted on December 5, 2023
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia 2023
Posted on January 27, 2023
James L. Chapman, IV. Darius K. Davenport, Sr. Donald C. Schultz W. Ryan Snow Douglas E. Penner We are pleased to announce that five CWM attorneys, James L. Chapman, IV, Darius K. Davenport, Sr., Donald…...
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CWM Attorney honored in Virginia Lawyers Weekly's "Go To Lawyers" in Medical Malpractice
Posted on January 3, 2023
Douglas E. Penner Crenshaw, Ware & Martin’s very own Douglas E. Penner has been honored in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Go To Lawyers” for medical malpractice law!  The program honors a group…...
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