Washington, DC

Richard J. Leighton linked in

  • Senior Counsel
  • Direct Dial: +1 202.434.4220
  • Fax: +1 202.434.4646
  • Professional Assistant: Christi Thompson, Ph: +1 202.434.4261

    Washington, DC

    1001 G Street NW
    Suite 500 West
    Washington, DC 20001

Dick Leighton is a trial and appellate lawyer as well as a commercial arbitrator and mediator. He has a national practice representing business and trade association clients before federal and state courts, regulatory and self-regulatory bodies, legislative committees, and alternative dispute resolution forums. Mr. Leighton is most frequently involved in food, drug, environmental, and contract issues, especially those related to advertising, labeling, promotion, trademarks, and franchising.

Mr. Leighton is the co-author of U.S. Direct Marketing Law: The Complete Handbook for Managers and the author of many law review articles.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, he has been named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "50 Best Lawyers" in Washington and is listed in Who's Who and Who's Who in American Law. Mr. Leighton is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 practicing Advertising Law.



Practice Areas


  • Pennsylvania State University
    • B.A., 1962
  • American University
    • J.D., 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Program Leader)
    Federal American Inn of Court (Past President)
    Commercial and Large Complex Case Panels of the American Arbitration Association
    Advertising and Trademark Panel of the Center for Public Resources/INTA
    ADR Committee of the International Trademark Association
    American Bar Association


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