Danielle L. Pennetta


Danielle L. Pennetta

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Danielle L. Pennetta joined Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea in 2015, and concentrates her practice in employment law as well as litigation.  Ms. Pennetta has almost 20 years of litigation experience, and has represented clients including unions, employees, insurance companies, New York municipalities and their police departments, contractors, a major automobile leasing company, New York public authorities, a waste management company, a railroad, a regional grocery store and restaurant chains.  Ms. Pennetta has also represented a telecommunications company, an electric transmission company and a private regulated entity in Vermont.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pennetta was employed for 10 years at a large law firm in White Plains, New York, where she practiced primarily insurance defense and personal injury litigation.  While there, her work included defending clients in numerous wrongful death matters and traumatic brain injury cases.  Ms. Pennetta also previously worked in the litigation department of the largest law firm in Burlington, Vermont, where she handled litigation cases as well as utility and telecommunication cases pending before the Vermont Public Service Board.

In addition to her legal licenses, Ms. Pennetta holds a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation.   Early on in her legal career while working in New Jersey, she managed tort litigation and performed insurance fraud investigations for a national insurance company.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Commercial Law and Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Labor Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Vermont
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Courts: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York; District Court of Vermont; and District Court of New Jersey


  • J.D., Pace University School of Law, 1997, Ranking Scholar, Spring 1997
  • Health Law Moot Court Board
  • B.A., Lehigh University, magna cum laude, 1994

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association

Community Involvement

Ms. Pennetta is a community-based mentor for a 12-year-old girl, and in this supporting role, coordinates both educational and social outings with her mentee.  Ms. Pennetta volunteers at animal shelters and is a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the U.S. 

Reported Cases

In the matter of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, Inc. v. the State of New York; The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York; The State University of New York; The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry; and University Police Officer Brian Walsh, 150 A.D.3d 1375, 55 N.Y.S.3d 457 (3d Dept. 2017)

Daly, as Administrator of the Estate of John K. Sonnechsen v. County of Westchester, et al., 63 A.D.3d 988, 882 N.Y.S.2d 209 (2d Dept. 2009);

Morgan P. O’Connell v. Robert C. Post, 27 A.D.3d 630, 811 N.Y.S.2d 441 (2d Dept. 2006);

In the Matter of State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, as Subrogee of Kate O’Brien et al. v. Village of Bronxville, et. al and Town of Eastchester, 24 A.D.3d 453, 805 N.Y.S.2d 651 (2d Dept. 2005)