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We welcome working with lawyers from around the world …or down the block.

Referring cases can be a great way to expand your practice and generate substantial fees. Our practice has been based on referrals from lawyers around the U.S. and worldwide for over 35 years.

Personal injury and wrongful death is all we do. We are specialists.

When you refer a case to us we always protect your referral fee

We will obtain the best result possible for your client. 

We will communicate with you about the case progress and work with you to assist the client in any other way you need.

When you have a case to refer to a Florida personal injury specialist…do your homework:

  • Call your lawyer friends and colleagues. Check for professional discipline through the state’s Supreme Court attorney registration or bar association.  In Florida you can check out lawyers at the Florida Bar web site.  Ask the prospective co-counsel for attorney references and call those people.

  • Find out if the lawyer you are considering referring to or co-counseling with has handled, litigated and tried cases like this.

  • Find out whether the lawyers are board certified and considered pre-eminent in their field.


When considering which lawyer to refer your case or co-counsel with, there are a number of things to consider before you make your decision:

  • Is the lawyer board certified in civil trial law (the highest level of professional achievement available)?

    • Most lawyers who claim to be personal injury attorneys are not board certified.

  • Is the lawyer considered preeminent in his or her field?

  • Has he or she written extensively, lectured, taught or been recognized as being at the top of the field in trial law?

  • Does the lawyer regularly litigate and try cases of the type you have? If so, find out what kind of results that lawyer has had in court.

  • Is the attorney listed in The Best Lawyers in America?

  • Has he or she been selected for inclusion in Florida SuperLawyers, Florida Trend magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite,” Orlando Style magazine’s “Orlando Legal Elite,” and “Top Lawyers” in the South Florida Legal Guide?

  • Does the lawyer hold an “A-V”  preeminent rating (highest possible rating for ability and ethics) by Martindale-Hubbell?

  • Does the lawyer have a 10.0 rating by

  • Has the lawyer held leadership positions in professional organizations in his or her specialty?

These are a few things that you want to consider when selecting a personal injury lawyer in Florida.  Leighton Law’s John Elliott Leighton has all of these qualifications and litigates and tries major personal injury cases throughout Florida, having obtained some of the state’s highest verdicts and settlements. He has written extensively on the co-counsel arrangement and has published articles on Florida referrals.

Both John Leighton and Max Panoff have been have been selected for  Florida SuperLawyers.

Our expertise in ResortTorts, medical malpractice, auto/trucking crashes, cruise ship cases, sex abuse casesnursing home abuse, premises liability and negligent security cases has made us the go-to law firm in Florida for serious injury cases.

With offices in Miami and Orlando we handle cases throughout the state of Florida and have obtained some of the largest recoveries and verdicts in Florida.  Our firm has been selected by Best Lawyers in America as “Best Law Firms in the fields of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Product Liability Litigation for 2019.”  Mr. Leighton has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America for the same categories for a dozen consecutive years and for Florida SuperLawyers for 14 straight years.

Our practice is based on referrals from colleagues throughout Florida, the United States, and around the world. 

We pay the highest participation fees to all co-counsel in accordance with the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar (Rule 4-1.5). Feel free to discuss this with us. Please check us out on our web site as well as through other resources:

     The Florida Bar: Leighton, John – Florida Bar

     AVVO:  John Leighton AVVO Profile

     Florida SuperLawyers: John Leighton – Florida SuperLawyers

          John Leighton – Top 100 Florida SuperLawyers

          John Leighton – Top 100 Miami SuperLawyers

     Florida Trend magazine “Florida Legal Elite”: Florida Trend magazine “Legal Elite” – John Leighton

     South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers”:  South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers” – John Leighton

     South Florida Legal Guide/Miami Herald Business Monday:  John Leighton: A Crusader for Safety John Leighton – Martindale profile

     Orlando Style magazine “Orlando Legal Elite”:

          Orlando Style magazine Legal Elite September 2014

          Orlando Style magazine Legal Elite September 2016

Orlando Style magazine Legal Elite September 2017

     LinkedIn: LinkedIn – LeightonLaw




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