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.