Elected Member

John Elliott Leighton

Miami, FL
Leighton Law, P.A.
Education
University of Florida, B.A., with honors
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with honors

John Leighton is a board certified trial lawyer and the Managing Partner of Leighton Law, P.A., with offices in Miami and Orlando, Florida. He has over 33 years of experience successfully trying major personal injury and wrongful death cases and has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Florida. His lifelong passion is helping people who have had the worst thing happen in their lives.

Mr. Leighton specializes in significant personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of individuals throughout Florida and the United States. He has obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Florida, including a $49 million verdict and two $24 million verdicts.  He has been called upon to provide his trial skills to represent plaintiffs throughout the country, including New York, Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina.

He is the author of Litigating Premises Security Cases, a two-volume book (West Publishing, 2006) which is the most widely used text on investigating, preparing and trying inadequate security cases and representing crime victims.

Recognized as a national expert in the field of negligent security and violent crime litigation, his landmark trial in Jeffery v. Publix Super Markets  was the subject of an entire chapter in the book, Persuasive Jury Communication: Case Studies from Successful Trials, Chapter 10 (Shepards/McGraw-Hill, 1995). Mr. Leighton received the Advocate of Justice Award from the National Crime Victim Bar Association for his work in representing violent crime victims against corporate defendants. He has been elected to serve as the President of the National Crime Victim Bar Association in 2020.  He is a frequent lecturer at national legal programs and has spoken and taught at seminars, colleges and conventions in over a dozen states. Most recently he was on the teaching faculty for ATLA’s week-long “Ultimate Trial Advocacy College” at Harvard law School.

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Areas of Expertise
Civil Rights (Constitutional Law)
Torts Law
Sexual Assault (Criminal Law)
Personal Injury (Torts Law)