John Elliott Leighton
Leighton Law PA
Nationally recognized personal injury trial lawyer representing only victims in serious injury and death cases throughout Florida. Call 888-395-0001. Repeatedly selected as a Top 100 Florida SuperLawyer, Best Lawyers in America, "Florida Legal Elite" (Florida Trend Magazine), "Top Lawyer" (South Florida Legal Guide) and "Orlando Legal Elite" (Orlando Style magazine). Offices in Miami and Orlando to cover the state of Florida. Mr. Leighton has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Florida and is often retained by lawyers from around the country to litigate and try their catastrophic cases. Mr. Leighton has handled cases in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky and New York, and is a national lecturer and author of the leading text book "Litigating Premises Security Cases" (West Publishing, 2006).
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Contingency fees; no fee if no recovery
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Auto Accident
  • Birth Injuries
  • Boating Accidents
  • Brain Injury
  • Burn Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents/Injuries
  • Defective Drugs
  • Defective Machinery
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Defective Motor Vehicles
  • Defective Toys
  • Dog Bite/Animal Bite/Attacks
  • Emergency Room Errors
  • Environmental Torts
  • Failure to Diagnose (Cancer/Stroke/Heart Attack/Meningitis)
  • Federal Tort Claims.
  • Jet Ski Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Surgical Errors
  • Theme Park Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
Lawyer Addresses
State Address 1 Address 2 City Zipcode
Florida 1401 Brickell Ave. Suite 900 Miami 33131
Work Experience
Position From To
Managing Partner, Leighton Law, P.A. 2008 present
University(ies)/Colleges Attended
University Name Degree Majors Year
The University of Florida B.A. with honors Political Science 1982
Law Schools
Law School Name Degree Year
The University of Florida J.D. with honors 1985
Other Professional Activities
  • Chairman, The Academy of Trial Advocacy
  • Chairman, Inadequate Security Litigation Group, American Association for Justice
  • Past Chair, Motor Vehicle, Highway & Premises Liability Section, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Jurisdictions admitted to practice
State License status Year acquired
Florida Good standing 1985
Military Service: No
Professional Association Memberships
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Academy of Trial Advocacy
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Society of Barristers
Board Certifications
Certification Name Granting Organization Year
Civil Trial Specialist Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization 1996
Speaking Engagements
Presentation Name Conference Date
Jury Selection in Premises Security Cases American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2013
Parasailing Recreation American Association for Justice Winter Convention 2008
Daubert Strategies and Litigation Update American Association for Justice 2013
Inadequate Security Litigation New Jersey Trial Lawyers Assoc Boardwalk Seminar 2007
Depositions and Discovery The Florida Bar 2013
Fundamentals of a Hospital Chart – What’s There and What’s Not American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2006
Reducing Institutional Sexual Abuse Through Litigation Melvin M. Belli Annual Seminar 2012
Winning Through Discovery Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association 2006
Medical Malpractice: What You Don’t Know May Kill You Health Underwriters Assoc. 2011
Trying Cases in Trying Times: Jury Selection in Today’s Environment Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys 2006
Social Media: Considerations for Today’s Trial Lawyer American Association for Justice Winter Convention 2011
Opening Statement Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 2004
How Are Generation X and Y Jurors Different and How Do They See Premises Security Cases? National Crime Victim Bar Assoc. National Conf 2015
DWD: Driving While Distracted - The New DUI American Association for Justice 2010
Handing the Jury a Package - The Art of a Closing Argument - Lecture and Demonstration South Dakota Bar Association 2002
Rules of the Road for Security and Violent Crime Cases American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2015
Resort Torts: Vacation, Resort & Recreational Liability Orange County Bar Association 2010
Backyard Hazards: Pools, Trampolines and Other Recreational Dangers Association of Trial Lawyers of America 2000
21st Century Jurors American Association for Justice 2015
Sex, Drugs & Violence: Inadequate Premises Security Litigation Louisiana Justice Association 2009
Investigating, Preparing and Litigating the Inadequate Security Case Kansas Trial Lawyers Association 1998
Litigating Security Cases Involving Resorts, Bars & Theme Parks National Crime Victim Bar Assoc. National Conf 2014
Direct Examination: Storytelling at Trial American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2009
Overcoming Tort Reform,” How To Practice Law in the Age of Tort Reform: Getting Leaner, Smarter & Tougher Texas Trial Lawyers Association 1998
Like Flies to Honey: Crime Management and the Dangers of ATMs, Convenience Stores and Other High Risk Retail Premises American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2014
Jury Selection and Today’s Juror Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2008
Awards and Credentials
  • Best Law Firms
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Rating
  • Super Lawyer Designation
  • Best Lawyer Designation
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