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Traumatic Brain Injury Taught By Leighton at Annual Conference starstarstarstarstar

John Leighton spoke at the Melvin Belli Annual Seminar held in Los Angeles, California. The Belli Society was formed in 1981 by leading trial lawyers who felt that there should be a group of lawyers who had distinguished themselves as trial lawyers and who were dedicated to the principles of education on an international basis.  Lawyers join by invitation only and approval of the Board.  Only those lawyers who meet the criteria established by the Board would be invited to join. The organization was named after America’s most famous trial lawyer – The Melvin M. Belli Society. Its stated purpose would be to promote the international exchange of ideas among lawyers through meetings and education.

This year Mr. Leighton was invited to speak on proving mild traumatic brain injury at trial.  Mr. Leighton has successfully handled many traumatic brain injury and neurologic damage cases.  Recently he tried a difficult case involving a high functioning man with a superior intellect who sustained a mild brain injury.  In effect, most people would not readily detect his impairment.  This made presenting his damages to a jury a challenge.  Mr. Leighton’s speech included demonstrations used before the jury on identifying neurologic damage and how best to offer evidence of impairment.

The society’s conference is presented annually and involves the top trial lawyers from around the world.

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