Rising Stars in Law: Jay Creagh

Class of 2022

  • Category: BizTimes Milwaukee
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 9
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Graduate degree/university: JD, University of Minnesota Law School

As an attorney in Milwaukee-based Godfrey & Kahn’s corporate and startups and venture capital practice groups, Jay Creagh is “practical, strategic, and unflappable,” said Peter Sommerhauser, shareholder at the firm. 

“Whether advising a multi-national corporation on its first major acquisition in the United States or helping a first-time founder through the formation process, Jay distills the issues down to what matters and helps his clients achieve their goals,” said Sommerhauser. 

Creagh is on the board of the Wisconsin Startup Coalition, a statewide organization that lobbies on behalf of startup founders. He organizes events where he holds “office hours,” which is an opportunity for startup founders who wouldn’t otherwise have access to legal counsel. 

“Jay is a leader in the Milwaukee startup community and frequently talks and participates in startup events,” said Clint Laskowski, founder and chief executive officer of Summary Medical Inc., a client of Godfrey & Kahn.

“He’s always willing to engage in dialog about issues important to startup founders and investors. Milwaukee’s startup community is young and in need of professionals who can provide advice and services. Jay understands this,” said Laskowski. 

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