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John Elliott Leighton

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Car Accidents, Defective and Dangerous Products

About Me

John Leighton is a Board Certified trial specialist who represents people who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. He handles complex and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home liability, product liability, legal malpractice, resort and water sport injuries, inadequate premises security/violent crime victim, toxic torts, insurance, commercial torts and other complex civil litigation in all state and federal courts. Having litigated and tried major cases in numerous states and across Florida, Mr. Leighton has obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Florida.


 


His focus is on obtaining the very best result for his clients.  As a trial lawyer, he brings to his clients the skills he teaches around the country to other lawyers.  He has lectured and taught in over a dozen states and has published books and articles on personal injury litigation and trial skills.  He is frequently recruited by the media to comment on cutting edge and catastrophic injury cases, with the goal of improving safety for current and future clients.  He has been selected as a Top 100 Florida SuperLawyer, Florida Trend magazine "Legal Elite," South Florida Legal Guide "Top Lawyer," and "Best Lawyers in America" for personal injury litigation.  He holds a Martindale-Hubbell "A-V" pre-eminent" rating and is past Chairman of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America's Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability Section.  He is the author of the 2 volume textbook Litigating Premises Security Cases (West 2006), which he updates annual and is the most comprehensive treatise on litigating negligent security cases.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    30 years, 450 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    30 years, 175 cases
  3. Car Accidents: 20%
    30 years, 250 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
    30 years, 100 cases
  5. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
    30 years, 50 cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-45%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

25 total 

  • John M O'Brien

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Contact Info

Leighton Law, P.A.

121 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1150
Orlando, FL, 32801

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198505/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 in Florida SuperLawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2015
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2015
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2015
Best Lawyer, Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 100 in Florida SuperLawyersSuperLawyers2014
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2014
Best Lawyer, Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Best lawyer, personal injury and medical malpracticeBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 LawyerFlorida SuperLawyers2013
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2013
Attorney of the MonthAttorney at Law magazine2013
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2013
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida Legal Guide2012
Best Lawyer, personal injury and medical malpracticeBest Lawyers in America2012
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend magazine2012
Top VerdictsMiami Daily Business Review2012
Top 100 Florida SuperLawyerFlorida SuperLawyers2012
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida Legal Guide2011
Top 100 Florida SuperLawyerFlorida SuperLawyers2011
Best Lawyer, Personal Injury and Wrongful DeathBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 100 verdicts of 2011National Law Journal2011
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida Legal Guide2010
Top 100 Florida SuperLawyerFlorida SuperLawyers2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2010
Mover & ShakerSouth Florida Business Leader2009
Florida SuperLawyer - Top 100SuperLawyers2009
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida Legal Guide2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida Legal Guide2008
AV ratedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2008
Top 100 Florida SuperLawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Legal Impact LeaderSouth Florida Business Leader Magazine2008
Advocate of Justice AwardNational Crime Victim Bar Association2007
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2007
Top 100 Florida SuperLawyerFlorida SuperLawyers2007
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida's Legal Guide2007
Top 100 Florida SuperLawyerFlorida SuperLawyers2006
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2006
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida's Legal Guide2006
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida's Legal Guide2005
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida's Legal Guide2004
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida's Legal Guide2003
Certified Trial SpecialistFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization1996
Wiedmann-Wysocki Citation of ExcellenceAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America1993
Who's Who in American LawN/AN/A
Who's Who in AmericaN/AN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerLeighton Law, P.A.2008 - Present
PartnerLeesfield Leighton & Partners, P.A.1989 - 2008
AssociateLeesfield & Blackburn, P.A.1985 - 1989
Summer AssociateDonovan Leisure Newton & Irvine1984 - 1984

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Society of BarristersMember2014 - Present
National College of Advocacy Board of TrusteesExecutive Committee2011 - 2014
American Board of Trial Advocates (Miami chapter)Member2010 - Present
Melvin Belli SocietyMarketing Chair2008 - 2011
National College of AdvocacyBoard of Trustees2008 - 2014
Academy of Trial AdvocacyChairman2007 - Present
National Crime Victim Bar AssociationAdvisory Board2004 - Present
National College of AdvocacyBoard of Trustees2000 - 2004
Cooperative Association of Medical Malpractice AttorneysCharter Member1999 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaChairman, Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability Section1996 - 1997
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Chairman, Inadequate Security Litigation Group1996 - Present
Florida Tort Claims Study CommissionMember1989 - 1990
Dade County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1987 - 1991
American Bar Association - Tort and Insurance Practice SectionVice-Chair, Product Liability Committee1987 - 1988
American Association for JusticeSustaining Member1985 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Estate of K.S. v. United RentalsAward for Plaintiff: $8,000,000
Estate of Batz v. Wilkins, et al.$5,250,000 settlement
Joe Doe v. Financial Institution (confidential settlement)$3,000,000 settlement

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
South Florida Legal GuideCivil Liability for Violent Crimes: Why Negligent Security Cases Are Good For Society2015
South Florida Legal Guide“Why You Are Safer On A Highway Filled With Drunks The Highways Than In A Hospital"2014
Attorney at Law“Identifying and Screening Strong Negligent Premises Security Cases”2014
South Florida Legal GuideDriving While Distracted (DWD): How We Can Stop It2014
South Florida Legal GuideHow To Improve Parasailing Safety Through Economic Disincentives2013
South Florida Legal GuideCorporate and Institutional Liability for Sexual Assaults and Sexual Abuse2012
Daily Business ReviewResort Torts...and the Courts - Vacation and Resort Liability2011
Daily Business ReviewSex, Drugs & Violence: Inadequate Premises Security Litigation2011
South Florida Legal GuideVacation, Resort and Recreation Liability2011
South Florida Legal GuideNegligent Premises Security: Liability and Litigation - Contributing To a Reduction In Violent Crime at Commercial Premises2011
South Florida Legal GuideDWD: Driving While Distracted: The New DUI2010
Hotels magazineWhen There's Trouble in Paradise... What Are You Liable For?2010
South Florida Legal GuideSex, Drugs & Violence: Identifying and Litigating Inadequate Premises Security Cases2009
Litigating Premises Security Cases2 volume book2006
Victim AdvocateApportionment of Fault in Inadequate Security Cases2003
Trial MagazineA World of Words Comes To Court (Linguistic Minorities)2002
Trial MagazineApportionment of Fault in Inadequate Security Cases2001
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability Section QuarterlyThe Negligent Security Case: A Primer2000
Trial MagazineFighting New Defenses in Inadequate Security Cases2000
Trial MagazineAre Children Caught in the Seat of Disaster? Child Restraint Systems and Product Liability Cases1998
Trial Lawyers QuarterlyPreparing and Trying Inadequate Security Cases1995
Litigating Spinal Cord Injuries: Law, Medicine, and EconomicsMedical Experts: Coordination of Witnesses1995
Product Liability Law ReporterThe Recall Process: Removing Defective Juvenile Products from the Market1991
Tort & Ins. L.J.Market Share and Concerted Action Theories1990
Product Liability Practice GuideVol. 2 - Punitive Damages - Plaintiff's View1988
Trial MagazineMarket Share Liability: The Need for a Uniform Market Share Liability Act1985

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor with honors1985
University of FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts with honors1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Jury Selection WebinarHandling Millennial Jurors in Trial2015
Heating Up! Negligent Security: People+Premises+DataNegligent Premises Security2015
Weekend With The Stars Seminar21st Century Jurors2014
National Crime Victim Bar Association National ConferenceLitigating Security Cases Involving Resorts, Bars & Theme Parks2014
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionLike Flies to Honey: Crime Management and the Dangers of ATMs, Convenience Stores and Other High Risk Retail Premises2014
Premises Security in FloridaSex, Drugs & Violence: Inadequate Premises Security Litigation in Florida2013
Daubert Strategies and Litigation UpdateDaubert Strategies and Litigation Update2013
Basic Basics 2013Discovery and Depositions2013
Basic Basics 2013Alternative Dispute Resolution in Florida2013
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionJury Selection in Premises Security Cases2013
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionMediation 2.02013
American Assn. for Justice Winter ConventionSelecting and Investigating Premises Liability Cases2013
Super Lawyers Mock Trial - Dade County Bar Assn.Demonstration of cross examination of Defendant2012
Melvin M. Belli Society annual seminarReducing Institutional Sexual Abuse Through Litigation2012
Annual ConventionWhy Can’t We Be Friends? Attacking The Defense Security Expert2012
Annual Belli SeminarReducing Institutional Sexual Abuse Through Litigation2012
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionWhy Can't We Be Friends? Attacking The Defense Security Expert2012
67th National Workers Compensation ConferencePlaintiff’s Perspective on Breaking the Impasse at Mediation2012
Resort Torts...and the CourtsResort Torts2011
National Crime Victim Bar Assoc. Annual ConferenceTerrorism and Civil Actions2011
Belli Annual SeminarJustice for Murder: $24 Million Wrongful Death Verdict for ATM Shooting2011
Association of Health Underwriters Monthly MeetingMedical Malpractice: What You Don't Know May Kill You2011
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionEvaluating, Assessing and Litigating The Premises Security Case2011
American Association for JusticeSocial Media: Considerations for Today's Trial Lawyer2011
AAJ Annual ConventionEvaluating Inadequate Security Cases2011
66th Annual National Workers Compensation ConferenceDesigning The Mediation2011
Resort Torts: Vacation, Resort & Recreational LiabilityResort Torts2010
Florida Bar Basic Basics seminarDepositions and Discovery2010
Florida Bar Basic Basics SeminarAlternative Dispute Resolution2010
Belli Annual SeminarDealing with the violent criminal in civil cases2010
Annual Resort Tort SeminarResort Torts: Vacation, Resort & Recreational Liability2010
Annual Jazzfest Seminar: Litigating Auto Collision CasesDWD - Driving While Distracted: The New DUI2010
American Association for Justice Winter ConventionJury Selection in Today's Economy2010
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionTerrorism as an Inadequate Security Case2010
Winning With The Masters SeminarSex, Drugs & Violence: Inadequate Security Litigation2009
Victim Advocate Training ProgramCivil Justice Remedies for Crime Victims2009
Sex, Drugs & Violence: Inadequate Premises Security LitigationInadequate Security Litigation2009
Resort Tort SeminarResort Tort Litigation2009
Belli Annual SeminarResort Torts and Recreational Injuries2009
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionDirect Examination at Trial: Telling The Story2009
National Crime Victim Bar Association National ConferncePresenting Tragic Violence at Trial2008
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual ConventionJury Selection and Today’s Juror2008
American Association of Justice Annual ConventionInsurance Coverage: Getting Around Exclusions2008
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionJuror Perceptions and Responses to the Use of Technology and How to Deal With Them2008
2008 Florida Facilities Managers Annual ConferenceDrugs, Sex & Violence: What You Need to Know About Violent Crime and Premises Security Litigation2008
National Crime Victim Bar Association Annual ConferencePicking Civil Juries for Crime Victims2007
Florida Bar Basic Tort Litigation SeminarPremises Liability,” Basic Tort Litigation Seminar2007
ATLA-New Jersey Boardwalk SeminarInadequate Security Litigation2007
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionStanding Up for a Fair Jury: Voir Dire in Security Cases2007
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Deposition Techniques — Lay and Expert Witnesses2007
11th Annual Florida Liability Claims Conference/Florida Defense Lawyers AssociationIncreasing Civility in Civil Litigation2007
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual ConventionWinning Through Discovery2006
National Center for Victims of Crime Victim Advocate TrainingCivil Remedies for Criminal Acts2006
Melvin Belli Society Anual SeminarUsing Computer Animation in Civil Cases2006
Kentucky Trial Lawyers Association Winter SeminarTrying Cases in Trying Times: Jury Selection in Today’s Environment2006
ATLA New Jersey Boardwalk SeminarCreating the Silver Lining: Techniques for Opening Statement2006
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual ConventionInsurance Issues in Inadequate Premises Security Cases2006
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual ConventionFundamentals of a Hospital Chart — What’s There and What’s Not2006
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual ConventionComparing “Fault” — Current Status of Efforts to Include Perpetrators on Verdict Forms...Restatement Approach; Legislation; Case Law; Comparison to Crashworthiness Doctrine2005
National Crime Victim Bar Association Annual ConferenceJury Selection2004
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Hospital Liability SeminarLiability for Failure to Admit (EMTALA), Discharge and Transfer2004
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual ConventionScreening, Selecting and Investigating Inadequate Security Cases: What to Look For Before Taking A Case2004
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Trial Skills SeminarOpening Statement2004
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Jury Selection SeminarJury Selection: Negligent Security2004
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConventionLinguistic Minorities2003
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Medical Malpractice SeminarLitigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases2003
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual ConventionCreating and Reinforcing the Trial Story: Presenting the Expert Witness2003
South Dakota Bar Association Warm Weather SeminarHanding the Jury a Package - The Art of a Closing Argument2002
ATLA Jazzfest SeminarHow Daubert Can Help and Hurt Your Case2002
National College of Advocacy Nursing Home Litigation SeminarScreening Nursing Home Abuse Cases2001
National College of Advocacy - Premises Liability: Inadequate Security and Violent CrimesFinding, Selecting and Handling Expert Witnesses2001
National College of Advocacy - Failure to Diagnose and Treat DiseasesMisdiagnosis, Mistreatment and Malpractice in the Nursing Home2001
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual ConventionExpert Testimony: How to Deal With Daubert/Kumho Challenges2001
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual ConventionExpert Testimony: How to Deal With Daubert/Kumho Challenges2001
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual ConventionThe Boob Tube: Making Videotaped Evidence Interesting2001
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter ConventionThe Nursing Home Industry vs. Government and Advocates: Legislation, Litigation and Bankruptcy2001
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Medical Trial Skills CollegeFinding and Using Experts2001
Monroe County Bar AssociationRecognizing and Evaluating Nursing Home Cases2000
Litigating Nursing Home Cases, National College of AdvocacyDemonstration of an Opening Statement: Setting the Stage2000
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual ConventionBackyard Hazards: Pools, Trampolines and Other Recreational Dangers2000
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Skills SeminarCourtroom vs. Movie Set: Choreographing Your Case1999
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual ConventionApportionment of Fault: How To Deal with Placing The Perpetrator on the Verdict Form in Inadequate Security Cases1999
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Doubleheader SeminarCombatting Evidentiary Attacks on Expert Testimony: How to Deal With Daubert1999
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, How To Practice Law in the Age of Tort Reform: Getting Leaner, Smarter & TougherOvercoming Tort Reform1998
Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Premises Liability SeminarInvestigating, Preparing and Litigating the Inadequate Security Case1998
Federal Civil LitigationLitigating Product Liability Cases1998
Association of Trial Lawyers oof America Winter ConventionATLA Hornbook Series: Inadequate Premises Security1998
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual ConventionDiscovery and Rambo Litigation1998
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Jazzfest SeminarCountering the Seat Belt Defense1998
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Mega Seminar: Premises Liability: Inadequate Security and Violent CrimesTerror in the Sky: Security Aboard Airplanes and in Airports1997
ATLA Annual ConventionTop 10 Things to Look (and Look Out) For in Evaluating Inadequate Security Cases1996
Classroom to Courtroom: Trial Techniques for the New LawyerDrafting Pleadings and Discovery1995
ATLA Annual ConventionPreparing, Litigating and Trying the Negligent Security Case1995
Winter ConventionDepositions: Strategy and Demonstration1994
Premises Liability: Inadequate Security & Violent CrimesComparative Fault/Joint and Several Liability: Comparing the "Fault" of the Criminal Perpetrator with the Negligence of the Premises Owner1994
From Classroom To Courtroom: The New Lawyer's Start Up KitDrafting Pleadings and Discovery1994
Premises Liability for Violent Crimes: Legal Issues and Practical SolutionsAnticipating, Addressing and Defeating Defenses and Exclusions1993
From Classroom To Courtroom: The New Lawyer's Start Up KitDrafting Pleadings and Discovery1993
Damages SeminarProving and Disputing Damages1993
Annual New Orleans Jazzfest Seminar: Liability, Causation and DamagesPreparing, Developing, and Trying the Tough Negligent Security Case1993
Annual ConventionPreparing For Trial: The Last 10 Days1993
Winter ConventionReal and Necessary Trial Preparation: Preparing for Trial Without Reinventing the Wheel1992
Annual ConventionCross Examination1992
Warm Weather SeminarWinning the Product Liability Case Through Discovery1990
Recovering for Psychological Injuries: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your ClientJury Selection1990
Demonstrative Evidence SeminarMovies and Videotapes1989
Winning Cases Without TrialOffer/Demand for Judgment/Settlement - How, When, and Why1988