Penny has been practicing elder law in Oregon for more than 25 years, first as the staff attorney for the Senior Law Project at Multnomah County Legal Aid Service and now as one of the partners of Davis Pagnano McNeil & Vigna, LLP, The Elder Law Firm. She arrived in Portland and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar soon after she graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1977. She did her undergraduate work at Cornell University and received her BA in English in 1974.
Her work with the Senior Law Project and the Multnomah Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project was recognized with a special award from the Pro Bono Committee of Multnomah County Legal Aid Service in 1998. She continues to volunteer with the Senior Law Project.
Penny was one of the editors of the Oregon State Bar's Elder Law manual for lawyers, published in 2000, and the supplement, published in 2005. She was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Oregon State Bar for 2009 and chaired the bar's Health Law Section in 1998-1999. She also belongs to the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Oregon State Bar and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Better Nursing Home Care Fund administered by the Oregon Community Foundation. From 2003 to 2005, she participated in the Uniform Trust Code study group whose work resulted in the enactment of a comprehensive set of standards for trusts in Oregon.
Penny has published a number of articles on elder law topics and enjoys making presentations to professional and community groups on estate planning, long term care planning, and other elder law issues.