Columbus, Ohio Personal Injury,
Medical Malpractice and Legal Malpractice Lawyer

681 S. Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
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  • John M. Alton

  • John M. Alton

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Why John Alton?

As one of the most esteemed personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice lawyers in Central Ohio, John Alton has over thirty years of experience and has received numerous awards and honors. Listed below are eight of them.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (1996)
  • John Alton became a member only two years after switching sides to become a plaintiffs’ attorney. ABOTA is a national trial lawyer organization comprised of 50% plaintiffs’ lawyers and 50% defense lawyers.

  • Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997)
  • The only organization accepted by the Ohio Supreme Court for certification in Civil Trial Advocacy is the National Board of Trial Advocacy. To become certified in civil trial advocacy one must prove significant trial experience and pass an extensive examination on substantive law areas such as personal injury and medical malpractice, ethics and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers (2000)
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers is the most exclusive trial lawyer organization in the country and is limited to no more than 1% of the lawyers in any state. In Ohio only .3 of 1% of lawyers are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. To be accepted, one must be sponsored and unanimously approved at the local, state and national levels of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (1992)
  • Since 1985, John Alton’s peers have rated his legal ability and ethics the highest level – AV. In 1992 Martindale Hubbell also recognized John Alton as a preeminent lawyer in medical malpractice – a very narrow subspecialty of personal injury law.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (1999)
  • To be eligible for the Million Dollar Advocates Forum one must have a settlement or jury verdict in excess of $1 million. John Alton obtained his first in 1993 while still a defense lawyer.

  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2004)
  • For the past nine years, John Alton has been rated a Super Lawyer by his peers in Ohio Super Lawyers. He is one of only two plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyers in Franklin County who has received the honor of Super Lawyer every year since 2004.

  • Best Lawyers (2005)
  • Since 2005 John Alton has been recognized by Best Lawyers in plaintiffs’ medical malpractice, product labiality and personal injury. In 2013 John Alton was recognized at the Tier 1 level in each of those areas of concentration.

  • Litigation Counsel of America (2012)
  • John Alton is a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America which is a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of plaintiffs’ and defense lawyers throughout the country.

The Pothole Case

Crabtree v. City of Columbus

Client was rendered quadriplegic in a bicycle-automobile collision allegedly due to the negligence of the City of Columbus in failing to repair potholes which prevented him from riding his bicycle as close to the right edge of the road as possible.

Update: Wednesday October 24, 2012

The $1.25 million settlement the Columbus City Council approved paying to a man who said potholes contributed to the crash that left him paralyzed is the largest in the city’s history. Read More


Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Update: Tuesday October 23, 2012

Columbus City Council agreed last night to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit that said large potholes on a city street contributed to a crash that left a bicyclist paralyzed — a decision that puts cities across the state on notice that they can be held liable for streets in disrepair. Read More


Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Latest blog posts on Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Legal Malpractice. Last Updated: 11/16/2012

  • $8.5 Million Awarded in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
    A New Hampshire woman received $8.5 million after her husband was killed by a tractor-trailer while riding his bicycle. The trucking company who owned the tractor-trailer, Liognon Champ-Carr, Inc., was found to have negligently caused the man’s death. He and his wife had two children.
  • Jury Awards $11.35 Million to Plane Crash Survivors
    A 2007 plane crash that occurred in Georgia left an Ohio couple alive but with serious injuries, including third degree burns and respiratory damage. They filed suit against a company named Winner Aviation, who was found by a Philadelphia jury to have failed to repair a faulty rear engine, causing the crash. The engine had previously been found to be defective and “needed a complete overhaul” – but never received one before the 2007 takeoff. Four years later, the surviving couple has been awarded $11.35 million after a trial held in Pennsylvania.