Leighton Watson's practice is focused on internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. Leighton has experience in many aspects of litigation including, but not limited to, drafting motions and pleadings, developing facts, and document review.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2021, Leighton advocated for indigent individuals representing more than a dozen clients as a student public defender. In this role, Leighton drafted motions to dismiss, motions in limine, and successfully argued dispositive motions.
Leighton is dedicated to pro bono efforts that include expungements and prison legal assistance. As a leader in his community, Leighton currently serves on the Planning Commission for the city of Hazel Park, Michigan. He also serves as a board member for Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice — a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the environmental and economic health of the Detroit community.
- Harvard University (J.D. 2020); Howard University (B.A. magna cum laude 2015)
- White House Associate (Fall 2014); Capitol Hill Intern, U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) (2013)
- Law Clerk to Judge Victoria A. Roberts, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2020-2021)