Judge Audrey Anne Creighton was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley on July 23, 2010, as Judge for the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. Prior to being appointed Judge, Audrey Anne Creighton was an Assistant Public Defender in the Montgomery County Maryland Office of The Public Defender. Judge Creighton was one of two Hispanic bilingual attorneys in the Public Defender's office who handled serious felony cases. As such, Judge Creighton has extensive trial experience, including having tried approximately ninety-five jury trials. During her twenty years as an Assistant Public Defender, she had tried virtually every kind of criminal case, including several murder cases.
Before joining the Public Defender's Office, Judge Creighton had a varied law career. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1986. Thereafter, she began a clerkship for the late Honorable Richard P. Gilbert, Chief Judge of The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Following her clerkship, Judge Creighton was an associate with the law firm of Rabineau & Peregoff in Baltimore City. Subsequently, as an Assistant Attorney General for The State of Maryland, she argued cases before the Courts of Appeal of Maryland.
Judge Creighton is of Spanish decent. Her ancestors immigrated to Quito, Ecuador from Arcos, Spain. Her mother later emigrated from Ecuador to the United States. Judge Creighton's father is of Irish decent and is fluent in Spanish. Judge Creighton grew up speaking both Spanish and English at home, since her maternal grandmother lived with her family and did not speak English. Judge Creighton was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School in 1978. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from The University of Maryland in 1982.