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Mark D. Leighton

Workers compensation Attorney at Vernon Rockville, CT

5.0   3 reviews

Licensed for 41 years

Virtual consultation available

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    75%
    Representing the injured worker who has been injured on the job.

    42 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    25%
    Representing injured parties against negligent persons in auto, motorcycle, fall-down and other accidents.

    42 years, 500 cases

 

I am a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. I represent injured persons in work‑related injuries and other personal injury matters. I was previously employed as a claims representative and defense attorney representing insurance companies and their insureds. I served as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section and also as Vice‑Chair and Continuing Legal Education Chair. I have lectured on workers’ compensation and personal injury topics and authored articles in the CBA Compensation Quarterly. I served as President of the Tolland County Bar Association and am a member of Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.  I have served as an adjunct faculty member at University of Connecticut School of Law and Asnuntuck Community College.

I received my law degree from Western New England University School of Law, and my BA in Economics and History from Westfield State University.  I also studied at American International College.

I have served on numerous committees and boards, including the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance for the Town of Ellington, Board of Trustees for our church, and Rockville Downtown Association.

I live in Vernon, CT with my wife Francine.  We have two children and 6 grandchildren, and have enjoyed family outings at the beach and I love sking with my grandchildren.  In the summer I love to garden and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Licensed for 41 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/28/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 09/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Leighton Katz & Drapeau
1 Corporate Drive
Enfield, CT, 06082
Leighton Katz & Drapeau
90 Court Street
Middletown, CT, 06457
Leighton Katz & Drapeau
999 Asylum Ave.
Hartford, CT, 06105
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Posted by Donald | December 21, 2018
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Attorney Leighton and paralegal Denise! We’re always on point with my claim. Always handled with courteous and empathy!
Posted by Muha | January 5, 2017
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World Class Law Firm
Everything about Leighton, Katz & Drapeau is superb! They are caring, honest, dependable, hardworking, proven winners, and litigate with your interests at heart! We had a work-related injury case, and it was an absolute pleasure working with Attorney Leighton and Louise. Louise always welcomed our calls and questions, we never felt like we were bothering! Attorney Leighton looked out for our interests at every step of the way. From the medical treatment, to the recovery, to the assessments, he made sure we got EVERYTHING we needed! His sincerity, dedication, kindness, and relentless resolve to get the BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME will carry with us for a very long time!! This is a WORLD CLASS operation, and they mean business when they fight your case! Walking into Attorney Leighton's office was a blessing, the best decision we ever made! If you want an attorney that fights with YOUR interests at heart, knows how to WIN, and won't settle for a penny less, call Attorney Leighton's office! BEST decision you can make!!
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Posted by Dianna | December 13, 2016
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A great choice for your workers compensation case.
Mark Leighton and Louise DePlante were both professional and made the long legal process of my case a more bearable situation. My questions and concerns were always handled quickly, I was updated regularly regarding the case, and they added a personal touch that made it easier to be patient and wait for the legal processes along the way. I would highly recommend Mark Leighton and his team to anyone who needs a workers compensation lawyer.
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Response from Mark Leighton December 14, 2016
Thank you for those kind words. Our objective is not only to provide the highest level of legal advice and representation, but realize our clients need to be treated as a person with very real problems in their lives. While it is nice to get compliments of me, it is especially gratifying to know that the people who work with me are providing that personal touch that we hope sets us apart.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 20%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding and Managing Attorney
  • Leighton Katz & Drapeau
  • 1989 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • UConn Law School
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Trowbridge Ide Courtney & Mansfield
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Asnuntuck Community College
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Associate Attorney
  • Draghi & Leighton
  • 1981 - 1987
  • Legal Intern/Claim Representative
  • Insurance Company of North America
  • 1980 - 1981
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Education

  • Western New England University
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.),
  • 1980
  • Westfield State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Ramsahai v. Coca-Cola 5991 CRB-1-15-2
  • Award for payment of total disability payments upheld on appeal

Associations

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Chair - Workers' Compensation Section
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Tolland County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1999 - 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Lead Counsel Rated - Workers' Compensation
  • Lead Counsel Review Board
  • 2016
  • Board Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Compensation Quarterly (Connecticut Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Here We go Again - Proposed Budget Cuts to Workers' Compensation Commission
  • 2011
  • Compensation Quarterly (Connecticut Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section)
  • A Call for Healthcare Reform (In Workers' Compensation)
  • 2010
  • Compensation Quarterly (Connecticut Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section)
  • The Worth of a Life
  • 2010
  • Compensation Quarterly (Connecticut Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section)
  • A Call to Arms
  • 2009
  • Compensation Quarterly (Connecticut Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Surviellance - Duty to Disclose
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar - "Landmines In the Workers' Compensation/Personal Injury Case"
  • Legal Issues of a Workers' Compensation/Personal Injury case
  • 2005
  • Seminar - "Mock Trial Demonstration - CRB and Supreme Cour Arguments"
  • Presentation of a Workers' Compensation case - start to finish
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse Mark
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Mark Leighton for anyone seeking a workers compensation attorney. I have had numerous occasions to refer my clients to Mark for legal advice and representation in workers compensation matters all of whom have been pleased with his counsel and representation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Mark for hi s professionalism and understanding of Worker's Compensation issues."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very professional and competent."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Mark Leighton for the past nine years. Mark is a top notch Workers' Compensation Attorney and is my "go to" for workers' compensation referrals and questions. If you have been injured at work, Mark is your guy."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected and very knowledgeable. Excellent results."
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Vernon Rockville Workers compensation Lawyer Mark D. Leighton
Mark D. Leighton
Workers compensation Attorney
Vernon Rockville, CT
Licensed for 41 years
Virtual consultation available