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Sylvia B. Penner

Sylvia Penner is a lifelong resident of Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1999 from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, where she was a member of the varsity basketball and soccer teams and served on the college’s Student Senate. Ms. Penner received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas in 2004. While at KU, she served as a Student Ambassador and worked as a law clerk to the District Court for the Third Judicial District in Shawnee County.
After law school, Ms. Penner worked for four years as an Assistant District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District in Sedgwick County, where she prosecuted criminal actions in the traffic, juvenile, drug, sex, domestic violence, and gang units. As a prosecutor, she honed her trial skills, argued before the Kansas Court of Appeals, and served as an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

Ms. Penner joined Penner Lowe Law Group in February 2020 and practices in the areas of Criminal Defense, including White Collar Criminal and Civil Defense, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, and Juvenile Law.

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Ms. Penner is bilingual and takes delight in representing clients from both the English and Spanish speaking communities. She genuinely enjoys her work and especially the people that she meets and serves. Ms. Penner is a member of the American, Kansas, and Wichita Bar Associations. As an active Bar member, she serves on the Wichita Women Attorneys Association and the Criminal Practice, Law in Education, and Professional Diversity Committees of the Wichita Bar Association. In 2012, Ms. Penner was elected by her peers to serve on the WBA Board of Governors. Ms. Penner is active in a variety of community organizations and activities.  She serves on boards for The Salvation Army, Kansas Appleseed, Child Start, and Everence.  Ms. Penner is presently serving on the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission.  She also provides pro bono legal advice at Wichita’s Union Rescue Mission, Hilltop Urban Church, and The Salvation Army.  While she is not working, Ms. Penner enjoys participating in a number of organized sports, cheering on her children in their many sports and activities, running, listening to live music, and spending time with her family.

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Professional Associations

  • Kansas Bar Association

  • Wichita Bar Association

  • Vice President Wichita Bar Association 2022-2023 term

  • Wichita Bar Association Young Lawyers

  • Wichita Women Attorneys Association

  • Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court

Practice Areas

  • Worker’s Compensation

  • Criminal Defense

  • White Collar Civil and Criminal Defense

  • Insurance Defense Litigation

  • Constitutional Law

  • Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigation

  • Juvenile Defense

Current Recognitions

  • 2024 WWAA’s Louise Mattox Award winner

  • 2024 Best Lawyers in America

  • 2024 Top 50 Women Super Lawyers Missouri and Kansas

  • 2024 Super Lawyers 

Past Recognitions

  • 2023 Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year

  • Best Law Firm, US News 2021,  2022

  • Best Lawyers 2022, 2023

  • Super Lawyers 2021

  • Member Kansas Trial Lawyers 2018-2019

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