Jennifer S. Creighton

Top rated schools & education attorney in Vista, California

Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton & Hanes
Jennifer S. Creighton
Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton & Hanes

Practice Areas: Schools & education, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in California since: 1999

Education: California Western School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
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Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton & Hanes

1215 West Vista Way
Vista, CA 92083 Visit website

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Jennifer S. Creighton is an attorney at the Vista, California-based law firm of Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton & Hanes. Ms. Creighton has over 20 years of experience and practices in the areas of education, employment and personal injury defense law, representing employers, school districts and other clients throughout the San Diego area.  Ms. Creighton is considered highly qualified in handling cases of childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, failure to accommodate, and discrimination. 

Ms. Creighton has significant trial experience, successfully handling complex litigation in a number of California courts over the course of her career.  She has also completed over 30 administrative trials. Respected among her peers in the legal profession, she has spoken on employment and education topics for professional organizations and served as a panelist for the American Bar Association’s annual meeting. 

Active in professional organizations, Ms. Creighton holds memberships with the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Defense Lawyers, the California Council of School Attorneys and the National School Boards Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. 

Ms. Creighton is also a member of the North County Bar Association and has served in various leadership roles over the years. She spent several years serving on the organization’s board of directors and as chair of its membership committee.

Born and raised in Michigan, Ms. Creighton earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Connecticut State University, graduating summa cum laude. She received her law degree from California Western School of Law. She also holds a Master of Laws degree in business and corporate law from the University of San Diego School of Law. She holds a license to practice law before all California state courts.

Practice areas

Schools & education, Employment & labor: employee, Employment & labor: employer, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Civil litigation: defense, Personal injury - general: defense

Focus areas

Education, Schools, Employment law - employee, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Labor law, Personal injury - plaintiff, Personal injury - defense

  • 30% Schools & education
  • 20% Employment & labor: employee
  • 20% Employment & labor: employer
  • 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Civil litigation: defense
  • 10% Personal injury - general: defense

First Admitted: 1999, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.wpgch.com/team/jennifer-s-creighton

Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Betancourt v. Sweetwater Union High School District - Defense Verdict
  • Completed over 30 hearings de novo with administrative law judges in areas of County Employee Retirement Law.
  • Madino/Hussein v. Du - Defense Verdict
  • Lira v. Chula Vista Elementary School District - Settled day three of jury trial for nuisance
  • Allstate v. Santos - Defense Verdict; Lopez v. San Ysidro School District - Defense Verdict; Betancourt v. Sweetwater Union High School District - Defense Verdict; Lira v. Chula Vista Elementary School District - Settled day three of jury trial for nuisance; Madino/Hussein v. Du - Defense Verdict; completed over 20 hearings de novo with administrative law judges in areas of County Employee Retirement Law.
  • Lopez v. San Ysidro School District - Defense Verdict
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National School Boards Association, Member
  • California Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • North San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Member
  • Chair of the Membership Development Committee
  • Ms. Creighton served four years on the board of directors for the North San Diego County Bar Association, including serving as a Board Member for three years and a Vice President for one year
Educational Background:
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, with a Major in History and Minors in English and Spanish, summa cum laude, 1995
  • J.D. California Western School of Law, 1999
  • LL.M from the University of San Diego School of Law, 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Real Estate Broker's License, 2006
  • LL.M. in Business and Corporate Law., 2001
Honors/Awards:
  • Service award for serving from 2009-2012 on the Board of Directors, Achievement Award, North San Diego County Bar Association, 2012
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Motion to Dismiss Granted Escoto v. Sweetwater Union High School District, 2019
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted Zarate v. South Bay YMCA
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted White v. Grossmont Union High School District
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted Robinson v. County of San Diego
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted Rufino v. Escondido Union High School District
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted McCabe v. Grossmont Union High School District
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted Marquez v. Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted Lim v. Escondido Union High School District
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted County of San Diego v. South Bay Union School District
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted Jett v. Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted DeBlois v. Grossmont Union High School District (upheld on appeal)
  • Demurrers Sustained Without Leave to Amend as to Entire Action: Barr v. South Bay Union School District; Berry v. Carlsbad Unified School District; Daniel v. Cajon Valley Union School District; Esquerra v. San Marcos Unified School District; Gervais v. Alpine Union School District; Hudika v. Sweetwater Union High School District; Logan v. Pina/Sweetwater Union High School District; Moreno v. Chula Vista Elementary School District; Perez v. Romero; Pinnavaia v. MiraCosta Community College District; B. v. Carlsbad Unified School District (2018); Cortez v. Grossmont Union High School District (2019)
  • Summary Judgment Motion Granted: Bird v. Albert Einstein Academy
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Countless hours assisting with Youth Sports in San Marcos, California and San Diego Children's Charities, 2020
  • Pro bono legal services for public entities on advisory issues ranging from liability waivers to Covid-19 logistics, remote learning issues and best practices for investigations., 2021
Representative Clients:
  • San Diego County Employees Retirement Association , 2021
  • San Diego and Imperial County Schools Risk Management Joint Powers Authority , 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Provided an outline of the Ruvalcaba v. Santa Cruz City Schools trial and its significant verdict.  Explained the Fair Employment & Housing Act and key provisions including interactive process requirements and accommodations.  Explained the importance of civility and effective meet and confer efforts to avoid unnecessary law and motion. , Speaker/Lecturer, The Verdict is In: $34,508,000 What Went Wrong?, Civil Litigation, Workers' Compensation And Education, 2022
  • Presented on the disability retirement appeal process and how to conduct a hearing de novo from opening statements through presentation to the Board of Retirement, Keynote speaker, Disability Retirement Appeals, Retirement Associations, 2022
  • Provided a one-hour training for school district staff on sexual harassment prevention, Presenter, Sexual Harassment Training, Education, 2020
  • Provided training to Risk Management and HR Professionals regarding the traps to employers in handling interactive process meetings, requests for accommodation, and discussed the expenses to employers for failing to comply with all requirements, Speaker, Interactive Process Myths Truths and Pure Guesswork, Risk Management And HR Professionals, 2017
  • Provided training to school administrators regarding prevention, investigation, and litigation issues pertaining to bullying, Speaker, Bullying Litigation, 2017
  • Provided training to school administrators regarding Mandated Reporter requirements, Speaker, Mandated Reporting, 2016
  • Provided an educational program on whether a retirement association is estopped from arguing permanent incapacity after granting a non-service connected disability retirement application., Presenter, Applicability of Estoppel on Service Connected Disability Retirement Claims, Retirement Associations, 2015
  • Presented an educational program on the affect pre-existing conditions have on retirement association members' entitlement to disability retirement benefits and how to evaluate causation., Presenter, Pre-Existing Conditions and Entitlement to Disability Retirement, Retirement Associations, 2013
  • Presented an educational program on retirement association subrogation rights. , Presenter, Subrogation Training, Retirement Associations, 2012
  • Discussion regarding the potential traps for employers in failing to comply with the interactive process requirements of Government Code 12940; tips for conducting interactive process meetings correctly; and risk management, Speaker, Interactive Process Requirements, San Diego County Office Of Education, 2011
  • Panelist at an American Bar Association Law Student Annual Meeting in San Diego, Panelist, ABA Law Student Division Spring Meeting, 2011
  • Discussion of topics involving professionalism and ethics for new lawyers, Speaker, Professionalism & Ethics, Thomas Jefferson School Of Law, 2010
  • Education Reform; Charter School Litigation, Keynote Speaker, Education Reform, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Attorneys And Law Scholars, 2009
  • Tips for law students and young lawyers attempting to find a job in poor economic times, Speaker, Finding a Job in a Slumping Economy, 9th Circuit Annual Meeting, American Bar Association Law Student Division, Thomas Jefferson School Of Law, 2009
Industry Groups:
  • Employment Litigation and Personal Injury
  • Public Entity And School District Litigation

Office location for Jennifer S. Creighton

1215 West Vista Way
Vista, CA 92083

Phone: 760-758-4261

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3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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