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Leighton was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He grew up in the Kensington Community of northwest Edmonton, where he excelled in sports and academics. He graduated with honours from Queen Elizabeth Composite High School in 1985 and received the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship. He also played Bantam and Midget AAA hockey with the Canadian Athletic Club. From 1985 to 1987, Leighton attended Camrose Lutheran College, where he pursued a dual major in English Literature and History. Leighton received a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) in 1989 from the University of Alberta and graduated from its Faculty of Law in 1992.

A Status Indian, he was the recipient of the Government of Canada Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Scholarship from 1989 – 92. He completed Articles of Clerkship with the Federal Department of Justice in 1993, before taking a hiatus to play minor league pro hockey for the Daytona Beach Sun Devils. In 1995, Leighton returned from the U.S. to practice law in St. Paul, Alberta, with Vital Ouellette, who was appointed Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in 2002. Leighton then moved his practice to Cold Lake and formed a partnership in January of 2005. Leighton was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2004 and the Law Society of British Columbia in 2014. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, and the Canadian Bar Association. Leighton has stood as Principal to five articling students since 2007. His chief areas of practice are criminal law, civil litigation and child protection cases. He has tried many high-profile cases in the Courts of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Leighton became certified in the Harvard University Model of Interest-Based Mediation through the University of Windsor School of Law in 2011, and serves as an Adjudicator in Law Society of Alberta Disciplinary Hearings. He was the recipient of the 2013 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award and the 2015 Access to Justice Award for his exemplary commitment to the Legal Aid Society of Alberta. Since 2003, Leighton has been actively involved in prosecution of Residential School Claims and was involved in over 200 Independent Assessment Hearings. Leighton is very active as a hockey skills coach and mentor. He is also the Founder and President of the Lakeland Sports and Learning Academy, a non-profit society devoted to the creation and delivery of athletic programs to youth in Cold Lake and the surrounding area.

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Leighton Grey inRecent Media

Indian Hospital class action: the origins

In part one of a three-part series exploring the Indian Hospital class action, Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey discusses some of the instances of medical mistreatment that led to the lawsuit, including medical experiments and children who were switched at birth.   READ MORE >

Dad furious, PM rapped over transfer of girl’s killer to healing lodge

The father of a raped and murdered eight-year-old girl said on Wednesday the transfer of one of her killers to a prison “healing lodge” has sparked widespread anger and needs to be reversed, while the federal government said it would review the decision.  READ MORE >

Chief justice’s remarks about Aboriginal incarceration rates welcomed

Intervention by the nation’s top judge in the debate over rates of Aborginal incarceration is welcome news to Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey.

The Canadian Press reports Indigenous people accounted for almost one-quarter of those in the entire federal jail system, while proportionally fewer Indigenous offenders have been granted gradual release from custody than the general population.  READ MORE >

More allegations of racism linked to Manitoba Hydro site

A report into working conditions at a Manitoba Hydro site details allegations of racism, sexual harassment and prison-like living conditions.

“I feel alone and segregated, and too scared to ask for help,” one participant said in the report called Keeyask Workplace Culture Assessment: A Review of Discrimination and Harassment.  READ MORE >

Grey Wowk Spencer LLP welcomes new partner

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey and Lawren Wowk are pleased to welcome Hart Spencer into the firm’s new partnership of Grey Wowk Spencer LLP.

Spencer joined the firm in 2010 as an articling student, following the completion of his law degree at the University of Saskatchewan, says Grey, a senior partner with the firm.   READ MORE >

Grey spreads the word about ‘Indian hospital’ class action

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey is spreading the word across Alberta about new residential school and “Indian Hospital” claims against the Canadian government.  READ MORE >

Indigenous women overrepresented in Vancouver police checks: rights advocates

Indigenous and civil rights activists seeking an investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s use of random street checks want to amend their complaint based on new data showing Aboriginal women are checked more often than other groups.  READ MORE >

Indigenous rights litigator Grey fights for underdogs

Cold Lake Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey’s wide-ranging practice provides him with an extremely varied client base.

Grey, a senior partner with Grey Wowk Spencer LLP, acts for people with problems in the areas of criminal law, child welfare proceedings, personal injury and other forms of civil litigation.  READ MORE >

Grey to host information sessions on Indian hospitals class action

Cold Lake Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey will host two information sessions to update potential claimants on the Indian hospitals class action.

The firm will present facts about the proposed class proceeding that was filed in January 2018 alleging maltreatment at Canada’s 29 Indian hospitals  READ MORE >

Guide to Indigenous legal rights, history and culture ‘insulting’

The regulatory body for Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals has released a guide to help legal professionals better understand the legal rights, history and culture of Indigenous people. READ MORE >

Decision raises issues about legal tactics in residential school claims

Survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s residential school have no right to documents they argued were crucial to compensating them for the horrific abuses they suffered, Ontario’s top court has ruled.  READ MORE >

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