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Biography of Jennifer Ingersoll Peyton



Jennifer (“Jenna”) Peyton was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in La Jolla, a small town in San Diego County.  During her high school and college years, she studied abroad in Argentina, Italy and spent her junior year of college in Irkutsk, Siberia (Russia).  Upon her return from Russia, Jenna graduated from Trinity College, and was awarded the Russian Book Prize for scholastic excellence. She moved to Cleveland in 1995, and attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  In law school, she researched and edited with Professor Arthur Austin, Edgar Hahn Professor of Contracts.  She was also a member of the Journal of International Law, and Health-Matrix:  Journal of Law Medicine. 


In May 2003, Jenna opened her own law firm, located at 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 407, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Jenna litigates immigration and naturalization, both in the United States, and abroad, for her varied clientele.  She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case School of Law (Immigration Practicum I and II), and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Cleveland-Marshall Scholl of Law.  She speaks Spanish and Russian.


Jenna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the National Immigration Project.  In 2006, she was awarded the Volunteer Lawyers Program - Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the Cleveland Legal Aid Society.  The Domestic Violence Center awarded her the “Break the Silence” award in 2007.  She is President of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Mediation Center, member of the Executive Committee with the C. Lyonel Jones Pro Bono Committee of the Cleveland Legal Aid Society, and Member of the Board to Messiah Lutheran School.  She is married to Timothy Peyton, and they have two daughters, Margaret and Katherine.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, Russian

Practice Areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%
  3. Juvenile: 5%



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Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Mark M. Mikhaiel

    I had the pleasure of working for this delightful lawyer while a law student. Jenna is a compassionate immigration lawyer. Jenna taught me the ropes and guided me as I learned about the immigration system. I am confident she will continue to provide top-tier service and continue to advocate zealously on behalf of her clients. Best, Mark Mikhaiel.


    Mark Mikhaiel Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Wayne Frank Benos

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure to know Ms. Peyton both as opposing counsel when I worked for DHS and as a fellow private bar counsel since i left the government. I have always found Jennifer to be extremely well versed in the intricacies of Immigration Law, as well as being an effective and passionate advocate for her clients. Her amiable personality does nothing but enhance her abilities as an attorney and makes her a pleasure to work with and to know.


    Wayne Benos Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2012 W 25th St, Suite 407
Cleveland, OH, 44113



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2015
Pro Bono ChampionAILA2014
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2013
Judge Markus Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in TeachingCase Western Reserve University - School of Law2013
Pro Bono Hero for the North EastAILA2013
Certificate of Achievement - Pro Bono BenefactorAILA2013
Break the Silence AwardDomestic Violence Center2007
Volunteer Lawyers Program: Outstanding Pro Bono Service AwardLegal Aid Society of Cleveland2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Clinical Professor (Civil [Immigration] Clinic)Cleveland State University Cleveland Marshall College Of Law2013 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCase School of Law2006 - Present
sole owner/managing partnerJennifer I. Peyton, Attorney at Law, LLC2003 - Present
AttorneyMargaret Wong & Associates Co Lpa2002 - 2003
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Scranton Road Legal ClinicAdvisory Board2012 - 2013
Messiah Lutheran School, Fairview ParkBoard Member2010 - 2014
Legal Aid Society of ClevelandCommittee Member (Pro Bono Committee)2010 - 2013
Cleveland Mediation CenterPresident, Board of Directors2005 - 2014
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMember2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Thiam v. Holder, 677 F.3d 299 (6th Cir. 2012)Case remanded for further proceedings
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut)Russian Language and LiteratureB.A. - Bachelor of the Arts1994
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
New Lawyer TrainingKeepin' It Real: 10 Practice Tips for a Successful Law Practice2014
Asylum in Underserved Immigrant CommunitiesAsylum 101 and Particular Social Group2014
OCTOBER 11, 2013 CLEVELAND PROGRAMWhat is the Process for Asylum for Juveniles in Proceedings?2013
AILA Mid-South/Ohio Fall CLE ConferenceRemoval Proceedings: Best Practices, Motions, Interpreters and Prosecutorial Discretion2013
CLJ Mock Hearing at Cleveland Immigration CourtMock Hearing2012
Ohio Association of MagistratesBeyond the Basics: Crossing the Border between Domestic and Immigration Matters2011
EOIR ClevelandProsecutorial Discretion2011
Mock HearingEOIR (Immigration Court)2010