Jennifer Veal, attorney

Jennifer Merringer Veal


University of Nebraska School of Law (J.D., with distinction),
Nebraska Law Review, Member and Executive Editor;
Client Counseling Competition Team, Regional Finalist
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, (B.A., magna cum laude)

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association logo
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Jen joined Fitzer Leighton Fitzer in April 2015 as a Senior Associate. In 2017, she became an equity Shareholder.

Jen’s impact at the firm has been both immediate and impressive. In addition to medical malpractice litigation, Jen Veal has advised clients on a variety of HIPAA issues; secured a six-figure judgment for a health care system against a major county for reimbursement of medical costs incurred by an inmate/detainee; co-authored several appellate briefs; and handled a multitude of licensure matters brought by the Department of Health/Medical Commission.

Jen’s pathway to the courtroom was influenced by her parents’ roles in the legal system. With an early childhood interest in science and medicine, Jen began working in a local law firm while in high school. She supported medical malpractice defense lawyers by obtaining, organizing, and summarizing Steven Fitzer medical records until pursuing her law degree. Through these early experiences she developed an understanding of multiple electronic medical record systems and their role in discovery. She also discovered a career that combined her passions: law and medicine.

Following graduation, Jen returned to Washington and joined one of the region’s leading defense firms as an associate attorney. There she represented large hospital systems and care organizations.

Professional Activities

  • Admitted to Bar Washington State;
  • Admitted to Western District of Washington, United States District Court;
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyer (WDTL);
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association;
  • Washington Health Care Risk Management (WHCRMS)


  • Litigation Update, WHCRMS, 2015;
  • Anatomy of a Med/Mal Lawsuit, Resident Lecture, 2011, 2012, 2013;
  • Lost Chance Update, 2009, 2014
  • Defense Principles, Mazama Spine Summit, 2019

Community Service

  • Nourish Pierce County – Foodbanks for a Healthier Future, President

“I am privileged to represent the professionals caring for and healing our neighbors and communities. I know firsthand the sacrifice and dedication demanded of healthcare providers. I am humbled that – at the most difficult times in my clients’ professional careers – I am entrusted not only to represent them, but also to present them: translating their extensive, highly technical medical expertise, as well as communicating their compassion and humanity to plaintiffs and jurors alike.”