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10.0John Elliott Leighton

Leighton Law is a personal injury law firm that aggressively represents people who have been injured and helps families of those killed through the fault of others. The firm has built a national reputation by obtaining some of the most substantial recoveries in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Founding partner John Elliott Leighton has litigated and tried complex and catastrophic injury and death cases throughout Florida and across the United States, as well as teaching other lawyers trial skills and substantive areas in personal injury law. He is an accomplished author in the field of personal injury litigation, having written leading books and articles. Mr. Leighton specializes in serious personal injury cases and obtaining the very highest recoveries for our clients.

Leighton Law has obtained some of the highest verdicts and settlements in Florida

The Firm has two offices to serve the state of Florida, in Miami and Orlando.  Our clients come to us through referrals from around the world. Our practice is based on referrals from other attorneys and clients by reputation and word of mouth.

Some of Florida’s Largest Verdicts and Settlements

Mr. Leighton has obtained some of the highest verdicts and settlements in Florida, including the largest verdict in Seminole County history, $24.1 million (Orlando Business Journal, 6/20/05), and a $24.3 million wrongful death verdict in Orange County in 2011. His trial in Jeffery v. Publix Super Markets, a landmark inadequate security case, was the subject of an entire chapter in the book, Persuasive Jury Communication: Case Studies from Successful Trials, Chapter 10 (Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill 1995). Mr. Leighton recently obtained a $7.4 million verdict on behalf of the victim of a trucking crash in Osceola County. (Erb v. Peninsula Logistics).

Leighton and Max Panoff recently won a$49.3 million verdict on behalf of a young girl who was sexually abused and raped by her teacher inside the school. This high profile verdict came at the time America was recognizing the #MeToo movement, which has empowered a huge number of survivors of sexual abuse and assault to come forward, tell their stories, and receive rightful compensation. For our client, actions were brought against both the school and the criminal/teacher.

His recent recoveries of $11.25 million, $9 million, $8 million, $7.4 million, $6 million, $5.5 million, $5 million, $4.75 million, $4.3 million, $3.75 million and $3.65 million have brought fair compensation and financial security to our clients.

National Practice…Local Service

Through his 33 years of aggressive trial practice as a personal injury lawyer, the results obtained by Mr. Leighton have become recognized as among the most significant in Florida and throughout the United States. He is often hired by attorneys in other states to litigate and try complex civil cases. His recoveries of $4.3 million in Illinois, $1 million in Texas, $3 million in Indiana, $1.1 million in Wisconsin and $250,000 in North Carolina are examples of the geographic reach and trial success Mr. Leighton and the lawyers at Leighton Law have achieved. Mr. Panoff has tried cases involving millions of dollars in recoveries, including trying a recent case with Mr. Leighton to a $49.3 million verdict.

Award-Winning Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers

Mr. Leighton’s skills have been recognized by his peers. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Florida SuperLawyers, Florida Trend magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite”, Orlando Style magazine’s “Legal Elite,” and South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers.” He has been awarded an A-V preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell and 10.0 “superb” rating by He was recently invited in the International Society of Barristers, an association of the top ethical trial lawyers from around the world. Mr. Leighton is also a member of the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates and Academy of Trial Advocacy (of which he serves as Chairman). He received the “Advocate of Justice Award” by the National Crime Victim Bar Association for his continued passion for victims of crime. He has been elected President of the National Crime Victim Bar Association for 2020.

The representative verdicts and settlements listed on this web site are just some of the many cases we have handled and continue to handle. We encourage you to ask us about the kinds of results we have obtained for clients like you, and how the facts of each case make all cases unique.

We would be happy to talk to you about any case you may have. You can be sure that you will be treated with respect and everything will remain in confidence.

If you would like to view some details of representative verdicts and settlements that Mr. Leighton and LEIGHTON LAW, P.A. have obtained on behalf of their clients, please review the Verdicts & Settlements tab above.




John Leighton appears on CNN to comment on proposed parasailing safety regulations.

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John Leighton appears on NBC’s “Today” show as part of his representation of the family of Amber May White, who was killed in a parasailing tragedy.

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John Leighton featured on the cover of South Florida Legal Guide

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John Leighton’s 2 volume book Litigating Premises Security Cases.

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