Term Ends: 2024
Allison Hopkins Penzato is a judge on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, Third District, Division C. She was elected, unopposed, to this court in January 2017 because she was the only candidate to file for the March 25 election. She succeeded retired Judge Ernest Drake in a term that expires on December 31, 2024.
Penzato was formerly the Division H judge of the 22nd Judicial District in Louisiana. She was elected to this position on October 4, 2008. She was re-elected in 2014 for a term beginning on January 1, 2015, that would have expired on December 31, 2020.
Penzato received her B.A. in government from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1977 and her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1981. Penzato began her career in 1979 as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Ingard Johannessen. She left that position in 1981, the same year she was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar. She worked as a partner of the law firm of Talley, Anthony, Hughes & Knight, L.L.C. In 2008, she was elected to the district court.