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Co-counsel arrangements

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

Co-counsel arrangements can be a great way to expand your practice and generate substantial fees. Choosing a lawyer and law firm to send a case to involves knowing the right questions to ask.

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

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. Verify malpractice coverage, as both lawyers can be held responsible for malpractice in a co-counsel relationship. Ask the prospective co-counsel for a copy of the current endorsement page of his or her legal malpractice policy.

Find out if the lawyer you are considering referring to or co-counseling with has handled, litigated an tried cases of this type.  Find out whether the lawyers are board certified and considered pre-eminent in their field.

Spend some time together to see if you can have a productive and comfortable working relationship. Sit down and decide who will be in charge of the case and who will be the point person with the client. Determine if you will have the same approach and strategy and whether you are philosophically aligned on the file. Discuss the division of the workload and define responsibilities. After analyzing these issues, you will have a good idea of whether or not you can work well together. Sometimes lawyers who have not litigated certain types of cases will involve us and learn more about that particular sub-specialty.

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, so this is important to know.
  • 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 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.

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


Florida SuperLawyers:


Florida Trend magazine “Florida Legal Elite”:

South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers”:

Orlando Style magazine “Orlando Legal Elite”:

Orlando Style magazine Legal Elite September 2014

Orlando Style magazine Legal Elite September 2016



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