September 2008-Allison Hopkins Penzato
Allison Hopkins Penzato
life with purpose.
is devoted to family, refreshingly honest, passionate about the law, determined to succeed, adores this community and is extremely happy with her
In life, one is either a leader or a follower.
is a doer.
sets a goal, she
develops a plan to implement its success.
Even before high school, Allison
wanted to be a lawyer.
Determined to achieve her dream, she consulted a respected local attorney about the steps needed to make her goal a reality.
roadmap in place, Allison
graduated from high school mid-year with honors.
moved into the dorm at Southeastern Louisiana University
the same weekend and began college classes the next Monday.
way through undergraduate studies in two and a half years, she
began law school just after her
She attended Loyola Law School at night while working during the day-first as a court runner for the Jones Walker law firm in New Orleans and then as a law clerk for United States Magistrate Ingard O. Johannesen.
Magistrate Johannesen's courtroom was where Allison
gained respect for the bench.
"I respected how Magistrate Johannesen conducted his
"Being on time and being prepared were the hallmarks of his
Those traits soon became standards for her
own law practice.
credits her parents, Lee and Dorothy Hopkins, and her Bogalusa upbringing with teaching her the intrinsic values of education and a good work ethic.
took this advice to heart.
27 years of practice, she
has gained a reputation for hard work, attention to detail, and unparalleled service to her
These traits have resulted in the success of her
practice and in the courtroom.
professional and civic accomplishments were recognized in 2007 when she
received the CityBusiness
Leadership in Law award.
Not one to wait for life to happen, Allison
embraces life and all it offers.
met Russell Penzato in college, her
career path remained the same, but her
personal life became much more interesting.
That meeting blossomed into a 30-year marriage full of love and support.
"Russell is still my college sweetheart and my best friend," Allison
"We were like ships passing in the night," Allison
Described by her friend of 18 years, Marsha Brown, as "a true steel magnolia," Allison
has the innate ability to be both assertive and gracious at the same time.
It is a very befitting description of Allison Penzato
is a real friend," Marsha said.
Robin appreciates her
mother as a friend and confidante.
"Though it was not always what I wanted to hear, I have always admired my Mom's willingness to be completely honest," Robin said.
always gives a truthful opinion, good or bad.
It is sometimes frustrating, yet very important because on many occasions I needed that honesty."
Because of her
love for this community, Allison
has always found time to take an active part in community affairs.
has spent countless hours volunteering at her
church, school fairs and non-profit fundraising events.
She served as President of the Junior League of Greater Covington from 1997-1998, maintaining her full-time law practice and guiding the league to its affiliation with the Association of Junior Leagues International.
Many would say that her
volunteer work is her
"My volunteer work throughout the years has always given me so much pleasure," Allison
"It is great to see good things come from what you do and even more satisfying to see how the work you do helps others.
has the graceful ease about her
that exudes serenity.
"I am very content in my life," Allison
"I have an exciting and fulfilling career, extraordinary children and a loving and supportive husband.
I have been blessed."
Allison Hopkins Penzato is a partner in the law firm of Talley, Anthony, Hughes & Knight, L.L.C.
office is located at 2250 7th Street in Mandeville, Louisiana, 985-624-5010.
is a candidate for District Judge, 22nd Judicial District Court, Division H, www.penzatoforjudge.com.
Allison Hopkins Penzato