Jesse Creed is a trial attorney with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and has always stood as a champion for those who feel powerless in the face of significant trauma, hardship, or catastrophe. He has fearlessly advocated for legal and policy changes on behalf of his clients and is considered an expert on military veteran policy and administration, pushing for policy and legal reforms in the courts, the Congress, the executive branch, and in the court of public opinion.
Among his notable cases, Mr. Creed represented a class of students with disabilities in a discrimination class action against ACT, Inc., the administrator of the standardized college entrance exam. As a result of this representation, Mr. Creed secured on behalf of a nationwide class a consent decree preventing ACT from engaging in the alleged discriminatory practices, as well as $16 million for a California subclass of examinees. The case was featured on national media outlets.
Most recently, Mr. Creed secured a $17.25 million settlement in a wrongful death action against a large trucking company, which included a claim for punitive damages. The case was brought by a surviving spouse, children, and step-children of a police officer who died.
Mr. Creed also secured the highest settlement in a Federal Tort Claims Act case against the Department of Homeland Security for $6 million. The case was brought by a surviving husband and 9-year-old daughter for the death of their wife/mother.
With a specialization in mass torts, Mr. Creed is leading the plaintiffs in the Porter Ranch/Aliso Canyon Gas Well Blowout litigation that resulted in one of the largest mass torts in California history brought against the Southern California Gas Company and Sempra Energy. Due to his tenacity and persistence, Mr. Creed obtained a court order ordering the Defendants in that action to produce hundreds of thousands of withheld documents, finding the oil and gas defendants’ violation of multiple court orders was willful and in bad faith. Mr. Creed’s efforts have resulted in one of the largest discovery sanction awards in California history, including a sanction that Defendants reopen over a hundred depositions at their cost and expense.
Mr. Creed has also taken leadership roles in the mass torts against USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the sexual abuse of Dr. Larry Nassar, against Roche Pharmaceuticals for permanent neuropsychiatric symptoms from Lariam, against Boeing for the Ethiopian Airlines crash involving the 737MAX, against JUUL Labs on behalf of California public school districts for the public nuisance and its impact on student learning in California, and many others.
Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Mr. Creed fought passionately on behalf of homeless and disabled military veterans in a decades-long, high-profile battle with the VA over the use of the 388-acre campus in West Los Angeles. He led Vets Advocacy, a legal and policy advocacy nonprofit, formed out of the landmark Valentini v. Shinseki class action litigation where he represented a class of homeless and disabled veterans that led to a commitment from the VA to build at least 1,200 homes for homeless veterans at the West LA VA campus, Congressional legislation for his clients (the “West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016”), and an unprecedented public-private partnership involving the federal government, the City and County of Los Angeles, and attorneys for the Valentini plaintiffs. This litigation also led to a wholesale uprooting of corruption at the VA, resulting in the criminal conviction of a high-level VA official for bribery, a wide-ranging VA Inspector General report, and the indictment of an individual stealing millions from veterans. For his work, he was awarded the prestigious California Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year Award and is recognized as one of the few lawyers with extensive experience running public opinion campaigns for systems change through the use of the media and community organizing.
In addition to handling aspects of the Valentini litigation with his previous firm, Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, Mr. Creed represented a whistleblower in a multi-billion dollar securities investigation by the Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission, the board of directors of Facebook in a derivative securities litigation, and Emeco, Inc. in a trade dress infringement suit against Restoration Hardware, among other matters.
He also had the honor of serving as a law clerk to Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Judge Diana Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
After graduating from Princeton University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Creed graduated law school from Columbia Law School in New York City, where he was a James Kent scholar all three years (top 1-3% of his class) and earned prizes for achieving the highest marks in constitutional law and property. He taught constitutional law to first-year students, served on the Columbia Law Review, and was a research assistant to former Commissioner of the Securities & Exchange Commission, Harvey Goldschmid.