Jennifer (Jenna) Peyton

Robert Brown

Attorney and Partner Jennifer (“Jenna”) Peyton received her Juris Doctorate from the Case Western University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio. She is accepted to practice law before the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jenna’s practice focus is removal proceedings, family based cases both within the United States and with consular processing.

Jenna 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. 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 School of Law. She speaks Spanish and Russian.

Jenna is currently the Vice President of Ohio AILA, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has received multiple awards for her pro bono service, notably for her efforts in ending family detention. She is married to Timothy Peyton, and they have two daughters, Margaret and Katherine.


  • Presidential Commendation for Service to AILA (anticipated) 2016
  • Ohio AILA Pro Bono Champion (one of two awards) 2015
  • CARA Pro Bono Project invited to return to family detention center to serve as Team Lead during transition of on-the-ground project staff November 2015
  • AILA Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award (multiple recipients) June 2015
  • Recognized at AILA Annual Conference for volunteer work at Artesia Family Detention Center
  • Included in semi-private meeting with Cecilia Munoz White House Director of Domestic Policy Council regarding family detention June 2015
  • CARA Pro Bono Project invited to return to family detention center as Team Lead to reinvigorate new pro bono project March 2015
  • AILA Coordinated Pro Bono Attorneys, Team Lead at Artesia Residential Family Center August 2014
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers Business Magazine "Women In The Law" Spring 2016 for her work in immigration law
  • Avvo.Com Superb Rating of 10, with 32 5/5 reviews 2011-present
  • Best Lawyers 2013-present
  • Judge Markus Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Case Western Reserve University School of Law 2013
  • AILA Pro Bono Hero 2013
  • AILA Certificate of Achievement Pro Bono Champion 2013
  • AILA Pro Bono Hero (inaugural recipient for six state region) Spring 2013
  • AILA Certificate of Achievement, Pro Bono Benefactor 2012
  • Break the Silence Award, Domestic Violence Center of Cleveland, Ohio 2007
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program: Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award,
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland 2006


  • Ohio State Bar Association: How to file an Asylum Claim for a Child in Removal Proceedings – Quick Webcast October 2015
  • Ohio AILA: From the Southern Border to the Midwest: Navigating Paths to Asylum Protection Discussion Leader October 2015
  • AILA Annual Conference: Time-Barred Motions to Reopen – Tips and Tricks for Success June 2015
  • New Lawyer Training: Keepin' It Real: 10 Practical Tips for a Successful Law Office Case Western Reserve University December 2014, 2015
  • What is the Process for Asylum for Juveniles in Proceedings? October 2013 Cleveland Legal Aid Society and C Lyonel Jones Pro Bono Committee
  • Removal Proceedings: Best Practices, Motions, Interpreters and Prosecutorial Discretion AILA Mid-South/Ohio Fall CLE Conference October 2013
  • Model Hearing Program 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
  • Beyond the Basics: Crossing the Border between Domestic and Immigration Matters Ohio Association of Magistrates October 2011
  • Prosecutorial Discretion and Padilla October 2011


  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, member 2002 – present
  • Ohio AILA Executive Committee (Treasurer, Current Vice President) 2014 - present
  • National Immigration Project, member 2005 – present
  • C. Lyonel Jones Pro Bono Committee, co-chair 2008 – present
  • Cleveland Mediation Center, Board member and President 2004 – 2014
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Pro Bono Committee Member 2010 – 2014
  • Messiah Lutheran School, Fairview Park, OH, Board member 2010 - 2014


  • Near native fluency in Spanish; Conversational Russian


  • Ohio (admitted November 1998)
  • Sixth Circuit (admitted November 1998)
  • US Northern District of Ohio (admitted 1999)


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio 1998 J.D.
  • Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut 1994 B.A.

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