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South Florida Legal Guide: “Top Lawyer John Elliott Leighton” [March 2010] starstarstarstarstar


John Elliott Leighton is featured as the Top Lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide’s monthly e-newsletter:

A board certified civil trial lawyer, John Elliott Leighton has 25 years of experience in representing individuals who have been seriously injured or have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. “It is my passion to fight for the compensation my clients deserve, and to make wrong situations right,” said Leighton, a South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer. “Because many issues that arise in Florida have national implications, I’ve been compelled to spearhead legislative efforts to regulate certain industries so that others don’t suffer the losses my clients have.”

Leighton is a recognized leader in the field of negligent premises security. He recently authored “Litigating Premises Security Cases,” a two-volume book published by Thomson-West that provides comprehensive information on investigating, preparing and trying inadequate security cases and representing crime victims. He also received the Advocate of Justice Award from the National Crime Victim Bar Association for his work in representing violent crime victims against corporate defendants.

Leighton also has extensive experience in litigating resort torts, representing victims of personal injuries related to hotels, cruise ships and other travel operators. “Because Florida is a vacation destination with 82 million visitors a year, resort torts are prevalent here and are on the rise,” said Leighton. “Many people don’t know that there are often higher duties owed to tourists because of their lack of familiarity and awareness of risks that would be otherwise known to the proprietors of certain businesses.”

As managing partner of Leighton Law, P.A., Leighton litigates and tries significant cases on behalf of individuals throughout Florida and the United States.  His practice areas include personal injury and wrongful death, medical malpractice, trucking and motor vehicle crashes, product liability, premises liability and all civil and commercial litigation. He is a frequent lecturer at national legal programs and has spoken and taught at seminars, colleges and conventions in over a dozen states. He has commented on legal issues for NBC’s The Today Show, Inside Edition, and many other news programs.  He is currently in his third year of serving as chairman of The Academy of Trial Advocacy, a national invitation-only association of the nation’s leading catastrophic injury trial lawyers.

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