Cottage Law Advisors + Attorneys

Dan A. Penning

The Penning Group

Dan A. Penning, The Penning Group, Cottage Law ExpertDan A. Penning is recognized as the expert in Cottage Law and helping families realize their goals of protecting and saving the family cottage. A complete cottage succession plan provides practical solutions to the intricacies of complicated problems associated with preserving the use, and enjoyment, of a family cottage for future generations. When you exercise the succession options available to you and your family you are able to protect what's important to you, the family cottage.

Dan is the founder of The Penning Group Advisors + Attorneys and works primarily in succession planning for individuals, families and business owners. Dan's practice focuses on planning for business entities including family businesses, estate planning for business owners, individuals, families with special needs children and succession planning for family cottages and farms.

The spectrum of Dan's practice ranges from negotiating the sale or acquisition of multi-million dollar businesses in his business law practice, advising business and agribusiness law clients, facilitating real estate transactions including succession planning for family farms and cottages to planning for the financial safety and security for families with special needs children in his estate planning practice. Dan has also established himself and the firm as a leading resource for individual and business clients in property tax appeals and related matters.

Dan also has extensive trial experience and has successfully defended appeals before both state and federal appeals courts. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Michigan, as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dan served several semesters as an instructor in Oakland University's Certificate Program in Personal Financial Planning and is a consultant to the Family Business Council of Southeast Michigan.

Hour Detroit and D Business magazines, utilizing an independent market research company, named Dan a "FIVE STAR Wealth Manager" for three consecutive years for both 2010, 2011 and 2012. More than 102,500 high net worth individuals and 4.200 financial services professionals were asked to evaluate wealth managers including financial planners, investment advisors, estate attorneys and accountants in the Detroit community. The final list was reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of financial services industry professionals. Fewer than 7% of those nominated were selected.

Dan was recently made a member of the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, an honor reserved for only 5% of the active members of the State Bar of Michigan, recognizing outstanding legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation. Additionally Dan also possesses an "AV" rating which is the highest peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Dan has served on numerous non-profit and charitable boards including the Farmington Family YMCA, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Farmington-Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce, Farmington Planning Commission and on the Suttons Bay-Bingham Township Fire Board Authority.

Dan has three sons, including a son with special needs. Dan maintains a residence in Suttons Bay, Michigan.

  • Thomas A. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor, 1986
  • State Bar of Michigan - Business Law Section, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim County Bar Association
  • "AV" Peer Review Rated - Martindale Hubbell
  • International Wine Law Association
  • American Agricultural Law Association

Contact Info:
In Suttons Bay: 231.271.4500

Attorney Dan A. Penning

The Penning Group
The Cottage Law Firm in Suttons Bay
"The Home of Cottage Law"

231.271.4500 in Suttons Bay

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Traverse City / Suttons Bay
P.O. Box 490, 206 N. St. Joseph St., Suite C
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Phone: 231.271.4500  Fax: 231.271.4538


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