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John Elliott Leighton

John Elliott Leighton

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John Elliott Leighton
Miami, FL
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Attorney Biography

John Elliott Leighton is a board certified trial lawyer and the Managing Partner of Leighton Law, P.A., with offices in Miami and Orlando, Florida. Mr. Leighton litigates and tries significant personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of individuals throughout Florida and the United States.

He has been called upon to provide his trial skills to represent clients throughout the country, including New York, Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois and North Carolina.

He is the author of Litigating Premises Security Cases, a two-volume text on investigating, preparing and trying inadequate security cases and representing crime victims. Recognized as a national expert in the field of negligent security litigation, his trial in Jeffery v. Publix Super Markets, a landmark inadequate security case, was the subject of an entire chapter in the book, Persuasive Jury Communication: Case Studies from Successful Trials.

He is a frequent lecturer at national legal programs and has spoken and taught at seminars, colleges and conventions in over a dozen states.

Many of Mr. Leighton’s cases are high profile or have wide reaching social implications. He is often called upon by local and national media to comment on legal issues, including NBC’s Today show, CNN, Inside Edition, and many other news programs.

As a trial lawyer Mr. Leighton has obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the country, including a $24.3 million wrongful death verdict and $24.1 million medical malpractice birth trauma verdict (considered the highest verdict in Seminole County history, per Orlando Business Journal, 6/20/2005). Leighton has obtained substantial recoveries for victims of negligence throughout Florida (including a $9 million recovery for a woman who suffered brain damage from medical malpractice and $11.25 million for a child who was the victim of medical negligence) and throughout the country (including $4.3 millionfor a medical malpractice death in Chicago, $3 million for a man shot at an ATM in Indiana, $1.136 million for a woman raped in Wisconsin, and $1 million for the family of a woman who died from medical malpractice in Texas). Most recently Mr. Leighton was lead trial counsel in a case which resulted in a $7.35 million verdict for a man who sustained serious injuries as a result of a trucking crash in Central Florida. Prior to that Mr. Leighton won an $8 million award for the parents of a teenage girl who was killed in a vehicle crash, and $5.5 million for the family of a man who was killed due to construction defects in his home.

Having served as Chairman of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability Section, Mr. Leighton currently chairs the association’s Inadequate Security Litigation Group. He is also the Chairman of the Academy of Trial Advocacy, an invitation-only association of some of the nation’s leading catastrophic injury trial lawyers. He has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2008, voted into Florida SuperLawyers every year since 2006, and was honored as one of the Top 100 Florida SuperLawyers from 2009 to the present. He is also a "Top Lawyer" in the South Florida Legal Guide for 13 consecutive years and listed in Florida Trend magazine’s "Florida Legal Elite." He was recently honored by being named by Orlando Style magazine as "Orlando Legal Elite." He has been awarded an A-V preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0/10 rating from AVVO.com, the highest ratings awarded. Mr. Leighton received his J.D. and B.A. degrees with honors from the University of Florida. At the University of Florida College of Law he taught first year jurisprudence, was an editor of the Florida Law Review, and competed on the Florida Trial Team.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury (59%)
Business Law (10%)
Products Liability (8%)
Aviation Law (7%)
Medical Malpractice (6%)
Civil Rights (5%)
Legal Malpractice (5%)
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Résumé - John Elliott Leighton

Bar Licenses

Florida State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

John Elliott Leighton
Managing Partner, Leighton Law, P.A. trial lawyers


University of Florida Levin College of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law
J.D., with honors

University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law

University of Florida
B.A., with honors

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Specialty Certifications

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Board Certified Specialist
Civil Trial Law
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education


Florida Justice Association
EAGLE Patron
Florida Justice Association

Academy of Trial Advocacy

Awards & Honors

Top Lawyer
South Florida Legal Guide

Florida Legal Elite
Florida Trend magazine

Orlando Legal Elite
Orlando Style magazine

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Recognized for Community Leadership
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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion

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Best Lawyers in America

Top 100 SuperLawyer in Florida

AV Preeminent rating
Martindale Hubbell

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John Elliott Leighton
John Elliott Leighton
1401 Brickell Avenue Suite 900
Miami, FL 33131
Office: 305-347-3151
Fax: 305-675-0123

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Specialist in Civil Trial Law -

Florida Bar Board Certification in Civil Trial Law - For purposes of specialty certification, the Florida Bar defines the term "civil trial law" as the "practice of law dealing with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators."

Attorneys certified in civil trial law in have met the minimum standards for civil trial law certification, provided in Rule 6-4.3, include the practice of law for at least 5 years, substantial involvement in the specialty of civil trial law (50% or more), handling of at least 15 contested civil cases, including cases before juries as lead counsel, and 50 hours of approved civil trial law certification continuing legal education. Attorneys certified in civil trial law must also submit to peer review and pass a written examination.

Nonprofit Organizations

Florida Justice Association -

The FJA is a professional association that advocates for fair access to Florida's civil court system and works support and educate attorneys who protect the rights of plaintiffs seeking justice. Many of the top personal injury and civil trial lawyers in , belong to this respected non-profit organization.