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Rick (Richard L.) Leighton

Direct Tel: (612) 270-6766
Phone 2: (952) 893-3474
Direct Fax: (612) 677-3618

Rick's extensive professional legal experience of 43 years includes local and multi-state representation for both large and small companies. He carries an individual "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Rick devotes a significant part of his practice to handling transactional work in banking, corporate, commercial, contract and employment law, including extensive work negotiating and drafting executive and intellectual property protection agreements, as well as software development, marketing, licensing and reseller agreements. Rick regularly handles the negotiations and preparation of documents for the purchase and sale of businesses, stock redemptions and small business family successions. Rick is a former litigator with significant court and jury trial experience, and regularly practiced before the Minnesota state courts as well as before the civil and bankruptcy courts of the United States District of Minnesota. He was certified in 2002 as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Rick demonstrates an exceptional ability to provide personal service to his clients in an effective and cost-effective manner. His past experience with large and small law firms, together with a pragmatic personal style, allows for Rick to provide prompt service and a comprehensive grasp of complex situations. His law practice is guided by a consistently ethical decision making process, balancing justice, fairness and focused representation to maximize results for your company.


  • Minnesota State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Labor & Employment Section
    • Civil Litigation Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


  • Creighton University, School of Law, Degree Conferred: J.D.
  • Saint John's University, Collegeville MN, Degree conferred: B.A.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • Banking/Financial Transactions
  • Commercial and General Business Law
  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Business Succession
  • Real Estate transactions and regulations
  • Employer Human Resource Assistance and Counsel
  • Shareholder and Franchise Dispute Resolution
  • Creditor Representation on collection and bankruptcy matters
  • Commercial Liens and Secured Transactions

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