HARRISBURG (Nov. 17, 2016) — Sean F. Creegan of Carlisle has been named the 2016 Government Lawyer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee.
The award, presented to Creegan during a ceremony at the Red Lion Inn Harrisburg Hershey, honors a government lawyer who has made a significant singular contribution or has dedicated his or her career to outstanding service to the profession for the benefit of the public or a government entity.
Creegan recently retired from his 37-year career with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. He concluded his state service as deputy chief counsel and oversaw eight lawyers who advised Department of Labor and Industry personnel administering state and federal unemployment compensation programs.
Creegan helped craft unemployment compensation statutes and regulations. He assisted with an effort to restore solvency to the Unemployment Compensation Fund by implementing statutory changes in 2011 and 2012 and formulating a bond issue that allowed the Department of Labor and Industry to repay a multi-billion dollar debt to the federal government.
Creegan served as a planner and faculty member for continuing legal education programs, most recently in 2015 for a PBA symposium about independent contracting.
Creegan holds degrees from the University of Scranton and the Dickinson School of Law.
He is a native of Jermyn, Lackawanna County.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association exists to promote justice, professional excellence and respect of the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.
Pictured from left are Jonathan D. Koltash, chair, PBA Government Lawyers Committee, PBA President Sara A. Austin, and Creegan.