Thomas Pennington, Attorney at Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC
Thomas Pennington is an exceptional attorney at Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC who excels at conducting extensive legal research, writing client advisory documents for publication and helping his clients with various matters including administrative proceedings and jurisdictional disputes.
He has extensive litigation experience and has represented District agencies from the Small Business Administration to the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation in cases involving various licensing issues.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Pennington was born and raised in Macomb, Illinois. After graduating high school he enrolled at Western Illinois University Laboratory School to study speech and theater as well as becoming part of its Student Body Council and taking part in fraternities on campus.
After graduation, he joined the Navy as an airographer’s mate, continuing his longtime passion of weather forecasting while writing a book about his time in service. A good man who always did what was right for his family and always put their needs before himself; he is survived by his wife, two sons and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Pennington then joined Brown and Cromer’s Washington, DC office as an administrative legal assistant within their Civil Litigation Enforcement Section and handled administrative matters such as wrongful benefits claims and liquor license issues.
His professional expertise spanned a wide variety of sectors, but his primary area of concentration was federal regulatory advice and defense. Additionally, he advised and negotiated financial services issues, including capital market transactions.
Tom was passionate about politics, current events and technology. He loved spending time with family and friends as well as traveling and fishing – often spending hours out on the water casting his line in hopes of landing “the big one”. Additionally, he was an avid gardener and would converse with his plants regularly.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Pennington was an outstanding educator, attorney and family man who loved Bengals football. He leaves behind his wife, children and extended family as his legacy.
On his first day teaching at Arkansas Tech University, his dedication to his students was demonstrated when they mistook him for one of their students and gave him an office key!
He received the James W.C. Pennington Award in 2012. This recognition includes a one-month stay in Heidelberg to examine topics like slavery, emancipation, education reforms, civil rights protections and intercultural awareness.
The Pennington School is a non-profit, independent coeducational secondary school offering day and boarding programs for grades 6 to 12. We welcome students of any race, religion, color, gender, physical disability national and ethnic origin and grant them all rights, privileges programs and activities available at school.
Thomas Pennington is actively engaged in his community, promoting civic awareness and volunteering for various charitable causes. In addition, he serves as an American Legion member and board member at Illinois Historical Society. Thomas enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
Since 2006, he has taught at Tech and is still very passionate about it. His students value what he is doing for them and he finds teaching extremely fulfilling as something he’s truly devoted himself to doing.
Thomas McClary Pennington was born in Pennsylvania to George Pennington and Susan Pennington Garrett (nee Warner). He married Hannah Jane “Jennie” Pennington; together they had six children before his passing at age 75 in 1908.
Pennington gained extensive legal experience during his clerkship with Marashlian and Donahue. He conducted research, prepared client advisories for publication, wrote legal writings and assisted telecom corporations with regulatory compliance matters such as Universal Service Fund/E911 applications/Certificate of Public Convenience/Necessity certificates as well as tariff issues.
Thomas Pennington has served Countryside Bible Church of Southlake, Texas since 2003 as pastor-teacher, teaching courses on church administration. Prior to that he served Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California as elder. A graduate of The Master’s Seminary he also studied at University of Southern California before marrying Mary Ellen Martin from whom they have one son together named Cody.