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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 25%
    18 years
  2. Family: 25%
    18 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    18 years
  4. Alimony: 20%
    18 years
  5. Child Support: 10%
    18 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Hieu T. Nguyen

    Attorney Leighton is absolutely incredible and serves as an inspiration and model as to what an outstanding Family Law Attorney should be!


    Hieu Nguyen Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John J. Pregmon

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Contact info

265 Essex Street
Suite 202
Salem, MA, 01970


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Honoree, Top Women of Law 2012Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly2012
Mentor and Volunteer Recognition AwardWomen's Bar Association of Massachusetts2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarnes & Leighton2010 - Present
Senior AttorneyGreater Boston Legal Services2000 - 2010
Staff AttorneyMerrimack Valley Legal Services1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Domestic Violence Education Task ForceMember2014 - Present
Boston Bar Association CouncilMember2012 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Massachusetts chapter)Member, Board of Directors2010 - Present
Women's Bar Association of MassachusettsMember, Mentor, Basic Family Law Trainer2006 - Present
Boston Bar Association CouncilExecutive Committee Member2014 - 2015
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsPresident, Massachusetts Chapter2014 - 2015
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Massachusetts chapter)Secretary, Board of Directors2012 - 2013
Boston Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Family Law Section Steering Committee2010 - 2012
Legislative Task Force on Alimony ReformTask Force Member2009 - 2010
Boston Bar Association, Family Law SectionSteering Committee2004 - 2012
Publication nameTitleDate
MCLE, Mass. Criminal Offender Information LawHow CORI is Used in Domestic Violence and Family Law Matters2012
Massachusetts Law Review"The Brass Ring of Custody: Toward a Better Solution for Families in Massachusetts"2011
Guardianship and Conservatorship Practice Under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, MCLEGuardianship of Minors2011
Family Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Litigants, MCLEAbuse Prevention Orders2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Merrimack CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Boston Bar AssociationPrenups, Postnups, and the New Alimony2012
Boston Bar AssociationAlimony: Here and Now2012
Western New England University School of Law, Massachusetts Bar AssociationAlimony Reform Panel2011
AFCC Annual National ConferenceThe Interplay of Zealous Advocacy and the Best Interests of the Child: Managing Litigant Liabilities2011
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.The Intersection of Consumer Bankruptcy and Divorce2010
Boston Bar AssociationThe Intersection of 209A, Criminal Law, and Family Law2010
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Crafting an Effective Parenting Plan2009
Boston Bar AssociationPreparing Your Client for the GAL Interview2009
Boston Bar AssociationAlimony Post-Pierce: Thoughts, Reactions, and Where Do We Go From Here2009
New England School of LawHow the Current Immigration Climate Affects Domestic Violence Victims2008