Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Leigh Ann Orton

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  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D.
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Law, Recipient; Corpus Juris Secundum Award, Criminal Law, Recipient
  • Union University, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee

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Attorney Orton concentrates her practice on elder law, estate planning & administration, family law and real estate.

Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Orton practiced at a small firm in Memphis, Tennessee. Subsequently, she operated her own general practice firm, served as an adjunct professor at Gannon University, and worked as a real estate broker and settlement agent in the local market.

Ms. Orton practices out of the firm’s North East office.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Successfully litigated and received a favorable ruling in a complex custody trial involving choice of school district
  • Successfully negotiated a complex custody relocation case
  • Collaboratively trained in family law matters
  • Attended the 2013 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Conference on Advanced Issues in Custody Litigation: Evaluation, Litigation and Settlement
  • Editor of "Medicare Advantage...or Disadvantage," by Emily E. Town, 4th place winner of 2010 NAELA Student Writing Competition


  • Selected as Readers' Choice “Best Attorney” of 2012 and 2013, North East News-Journal

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Community & Professional Service

  • Community Nursing Services of North East, Board Member
  • Junior League of Erie, Current Member and Former Board Member
  • North East Business Women's Roundtable, Steering Committee
  • Order of the Eastern Star, Shiloh Chapter No. 153, North East, PA, Member
  • Girl Scout Troop #36009, Assistant Troop Leader
  • National Association of Realtors, Former Member
  • Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, Former Member
  • Greater Erie Board of Realtors, Former Member

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