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G. Christopher Orton

Chris is a life-long resident of North East; his family having lived on the same farm since 1815.  Chris has been practicing law for over twenty years.

Over the course of his career, Chris has worked in-house with the corporate real estate departments of AutoZone, Inc., and Advance Auto Parts, handling the contracting and acquisition of store sites, with sellers and developers, and then as Assistant General Counsel of United Refining Company, handling real estate, contracts, litigation and employment matters.

Chris regularly handles both residential and commercial real estate transactions and assists clients with title matters. He also represents clients in commercial lending transactions and various other types of financing transactions.

In addition to his experience in real estate matters, Chris has comprehensive experience in and routinely represents clients across a number of practice areas including business transactions and business formation, civil litigation, employment law, landlord/tenant law and contracts, corporate and regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Chris has attended numerous unemployment compensation hearings representing employers and employees alike and has represented unemployment compensation clients successfully before the UC Board of Appeals.

Leigh Ann Orton

Leigh Ann graduated summa cum laude from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in 1992. She earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis in 1995.

With over 20 years of experience, Leigh Ann concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, real estate and family law matters. She routinely prepares wills, financial and health care powers of attorney, and living wills. She also guides clients through the difficult process of administering the estate of a deceased loved one. Leigh Ann has written and edited several articles in connection with elder law and estate planning issues. She has also presented various seminars on family law and elder law issues. Leigh Ann represents both buyers and sellers of real property and regularly prepares contracts, leases and deeds. Leigh Ann has successfully litigated and received favorable rulings in numerous family law matters. She is experienced in representing clients in the areas of divorce, separation, adoption, support, child custody, prenuptial and post nuptial agreements. She is also collaboratively trained in family law matters.

Leigh Ann is actively involved in the Erie County Bar Association and various professional organizations as well as the North East community. Leigh Ann is honored to have been selected as the North East News Journal Readers’ Choice “Best Attorney” in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

The Dream Team

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Carol M. Rouse

Real Estate Paralegal and Administrative Assistant

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Rebecca M. Percy
Real Estate Paralegal and Administrative Assistant