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Nancy Penner is an attorney and senior vice president at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. She focuses on legal writing, analysis, appellate law, and medical malpractice. Her appellate practice includes briefing and oral arguments before the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She serves as chair of the firm’s appellate law practice group.

Nancy grew up on a farm in Southeast Iowa. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and worked in area hospitals for ten years before entering law school. Her healthcare experience included intensive care, nursing education and staff development, and hospital risk management.
Nancy’s work includes the following, primarily in medical malpractice and medical device and pharmaceutical cases:

  • Daubert motions
  • Evidentiary and discovery motions
  • Motions for summary judgment
  • Trial pleadings, including motions in limine and jury instructions
  • Post trial motions
  • Appeals
  • Applications for interlocutory appeals

Nancy has been involved in over 75 appeals, the majority in state court.

Practice Areas


  • Mount Mercy College, B.S. Nursing and Biology (1981)
    • Summa cum laude
  • University of Iowa, M.A. Nursing (1985)
  • University of Iowa, J.D. (1994)
    • with Highest Distinction
    • Order of the Coif
    • Iowa Law Review–Managing Editor (1993-1994)
    • Recipient – John F. Murray Academic Award

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