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John Leighton inducted into International Society of Barristers

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John Elliott Leighton was inducted into the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) at its annual meeting in March, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Key Biscayne, Florida. The ISOB was created in 1965 and is dedicated to preserving trial by jury, the adversary system and an independent judiciary.

Its founders conceived the organization to bring together the best of the trial bar in a setting devoid of partisan interests.   The Society’s membership consists of Fellows of the Society. As individuals, the Fellows of the Society are committed to the highest of ethical standards and to civility in all their personal and professional relationships.

No lawyer may apply for membership in the Society. New Fellows are elected by the Society’s Board of Governors on nomination by an existing Fellow and after inquiry as to the nominee’s skill as a trial lawyer and personal and professional integrity directed to other Barristers in the nominee’s region and to judges before whom the nominee has tried cases.

With a limited membership, the Society has Fellows from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, and Ireland, with the great majority from the United States.

The International Society of Barristers is just one of several invitation-only organizations who have elected Mr. Leighton to membership. He was invited into the American Board of Trial Advocates and elected to membership in the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI).  Ali is a body of elite lawyers, judges and law professors who meet and create statements of the law for state and federal courts.  The idea is to create a uniform body of law that courts can follow.  Most American courts have either adopted as law or consider persuasive the Restatement of the Law created by the ALI. Only a few lawyers each year are elected to membership.

Mr. Leighton was selected from over 100,000 practicing attorneys in Florida, and has also been chosen as one of the Top 100 Florida lawyers by SuperLawyers for the past several years. He was recently again selected for The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Product Liability, and listed in “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.  Likewise he was listed in “Top Lawyers” in the South Florida Legal Guide

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