Leighton attended college in San Diego at U.S.I.U., and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Southern California in 1972. He became the senior partner of a mid-sized law firm in Riverside, California, and then relocated to Palm Desert in 1991 to manage its desert office, becoming a sole proprietor in 2001. Leighton has always had a unique interest in real property, and handled numerous cases involving all facets of property. Leighton commenced working full time as a realtor in 2005. His motto is also his pledge: with Leighton as your agent, you have "put a friend on your side."
Leighton believes in the “win-win” situation which is what sparked his change of careers from practicing lawyer to full-time realtor. Leighton’s vast experience as a mediator, arbitrator and judge pro tem affords him the expertise necessary to negotiate the perfect deal for buyers and sellers alike. Leighton’s professional affiliations have included: The American Board of Trial Advocates, Riverside County Bar Association, Desert Bar Association, Riverside County Barristers, Defense Research Institute, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and the Association of Healthcare Risk Managers. Leighton has served as a referee on the State Bar Court and the mediation panel for the Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division Two. He has contributed articles to legal professional publications and has lectured on various aspects of civil trial practice.
Leighton transitioned easily into real estate, as he has always enjoyed helping people. His emphasis is residential property. He is currently a member of the National Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the California Desert Association of Realtors. Leighton is a big believer in self-improvement and continuing education, and he has also enrolled in the National Association of Realtor's E-Pro program, for certification as having special knowledge and skill in the utilization of computers and the internet in real estate transactions. He has already been certified by Tarbell, Realtors, as an E-Agent, a distinction shared by less than 5% of Tarbell agents, and a member of Tarbell's Circle of Excellence.