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Tim Leighton counsels clients in Central Illinois and metropolitan Washington, DC as a lawyer and Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner on trust, estate, business planning, succession, transactions, charitable planning, and tax matters.

Most business clients are closely held enterprises and tax-exempt organizations. They rely on Tim for formation, transition, transaction, employment, and development needs. Tim also helps with strategies to recruit, retain, and reward key people. Through the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Illinois, the National Arbitration Forum, and privately, Tim helps resolve business and financial disputes as mediator and arbitrator.

He helps clients find better ways to secure peace of mind and to preserve, protect, and grow assets. Tim serves families with meaningful net worths and others with dependency and guardianship concerns, such as school-aged children and people with disabilities. As trustee, he implements client priorities while managing substantial assets. Clients also rely on the firm for trust administration and probate.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    28 years, 250 cases
  2. Business: 35%
    28 years, 200 cases
  3. Tax: 15%
    28 years, 100 cases
  4. Mediation: 10%
    24 years, 50 cases
  5. Guardianship: 5%
    15 years, 10 cases



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Contact info

Leighton Legal Group, Llc

802 N Clinton St Suite 1
Bloomington, IL, 61701-3294


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199905/11/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199503/31/2016
DCActive 198907/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing DirectorLeighton Legal Group, LLC2004 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorIllinois State University2002 - Present
CFP® CertificantCertified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.2001 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorIllinois Wesleyan University2006 - 2006
Attorney and Counselor at LawLaw Office of Tim Leighton2002 - 2004
Advanced Planning SpecialistNorthwestern Mutual Financial Network1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Community Cancer Center FoundationCo-chair, Planned Giving; Board Member2013 - Present
Multicultural Leadership InstituteMentor; Pro Bono Counsel2013 - Present
Challenger Learning CenterBoard Member2012 - Present
Illinois Bar Foundation, Planned Giving CommitteeMember2012 - Present
Illinois Prairie Community FoundationTreasurer and Director2010 - Present
McLean County Bar AssociationMentor2011 - 2013
Illinois State Bar Association, Business Advice and Financial Planning SectionChair2010 - 2011
American Bar AssociationChair, Committee on Business Advice&Financial Planning2008 - 2009
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center FoundationTreasurer and Council Member2006 - 2013
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember, Committee on Law Related Education2006 - 2008
Recovery Starts Today, Inc.Chair, Committee on Governance and Nominations; Board Member2006 - 2013
Easter SealsChair, Bloomington Community Board; Chair, Comm on Govt Relns2006 - 2013
McLean County Bar AssociationTreasurer1999 - 2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Georgetown UniversityHonors in GovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SFSP Quarterly ConferenceTrusts for Achieving Client Objectives2013
Illinois Civil Unions - Now What To DoIllinois Civil Unions and Estate Planning2011
Advance Directives in IllinoisAdvance Medical Directives for Peace of Mind2010
Business Entity Formation CLEOrganizational Documents and Preserving the Veil2008