JENNIFER S. CREIGHTON grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1995 with a Major in History and Minors in English and Spanish. Ms. Creighton was awarded a full scholastic scholarship to California Western School of Law, where she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1999. She joined the firm in the Spring of 1998. Ms. Creighton subsequently obtained an LL.M. from the University of San Diego School of Law in Business and Corporate Law with an emphasis in Employment Law and Discrimination in 2001.
Ms. Creighton is a Super Lawyers rated attorney (only the top five percent of attorneys in California receive this distinction). She has over twenty-five years of experience in education litigation, civil litigation and labor and employment law. She also has handled all types of personal injury litigation. The majority of her career has been devoted to serving public entities, primarily school districts, colleges and universities, in diverse litigation ranging from defense of personal injury claims to wrongful termination claims. Ms. Creighton is one of a very small group of attorneys considered highly qualified in defending childhood sexual abuse cases and her assistance has been sought out by public entities throughout Southern California. Ms. Creighton has successfully tried several civil cases to verdict, and handles cases both in the Superior and Federal Courts. In addition to her civil trial experience, Ms. Creighton has obtained extensive experience in handling disability retirement claims and appeals under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (“the 37 Act). She has tried over 30 administrative appeals for retirement associations in Southern California, including SDCERA, LACERA and ICERS over the past 10 years.
In 2009, Ms. Creighton was elected to the Board of Directors of the North San Diego County Bar Association. She was re-elected to a three year term in 2010. Ms. Creighton served as the Chair of the Membership Development Committee until the end of 2012. In Connection with her duties on this committee, and since the end of her most recent term, Ms. Creighton has worked closely with local law schools to mentor law students and new lawyers in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Ms. Creighton has served as a keynote speaker on topics including Charter School Litigation, Interactive Process Requirements for Public Employers, Professionalism, and Ethics. She regularly provides training to school district employees on investigative techniques, sexual harassment, and bullying. She has also served as a panelist at an American Bar Association 9th Circuit Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Ms. Creighton’s professional organization memberships include the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, San Diego Defense Lawyers, San Diego County Bar Association, North San Diego County Bar Association, California Council of School Attorneys, and the National School Boards Association.