John M. Alton Named a Super Lawyer for the 14th consecutive year
John Alton is certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997) and is among a select few lawyers in the country who is also a Fellow or Member of these organizations:
- American College of Trial Lawyers
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
An outstanding trial lawyer, John Alton focuses his professional time in the preparation and trial of complex litigation and has tried more than 75 cases in federal and state courts throughout Ohio and other states. John has also been retained as a mediator more than 70 times in cases involving medical malpractice, legal malpractice, personal injury and business litigation.
John Alton brings to his clients significant experience in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice throughout Ohio. He has handled to conclusion more than 1,000 lawsuits involving serious injury or wrongful death arising from car or truck accidents, unsafe premises, medical malpractice, construction accidents and other forms of negligence. John Alton is dedicated to recovering for his clients the maximum possible compensation for injuries, lost wages and other damages. He knows how insurance companies think and act since he represented them during the first half of his career.
John Alton began his career as a trial lawyer at Lane Alton Horst in 1977 after obtaining a B.A. cum laude with distinction in psychology from Duke University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He tried more than 35 cases in his first eight years as a lawyer. Early in his career, John was retained by The Medical Protective Company to represent the interests of its physician insureds throughout Ohio. He was inducted into the International Association of Defense Counsel in 1984.
In 1994 John Alton switched sides to represent the interests of those injured by medical malpractice, vehicular collisions, construction accidents and unsafe premises. More than 250 attorneys have referred clients to John Alton due to his experience and expertise as a trial lawyer.
In 1996 John was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 1997 he became certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate. In 2000 John was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious organization limited to no more than 1% of the attorneys in any state. In 2004 John’s peers nominated him as a Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: Medical Malpractice – a distinction he has received annually since. He is also the only medical malpractice plaintiffs’ lawyer in Central Ohio who is listed in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys and best lawyers.
John has handled to conclusion more than 1,000 lawsuits regarding significant injury or wrongful death arising from car or truck collisions, medical malpractice, construction accidents, unsafe premises or other forms of negligence. He has also resolved many legal malpractice claims. In addition, John has tried to conclusion business litigation matters involving breach of contract, breach of warranty, employment discrimination, unsafe premises and franchise disputes.
Throughout his career John Alton has fought against some of the largest insurance companies and medical care providers in the country – including State Farm, Westfield, Allstate, Nationwide, Travelers, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OhioHealth, ProAssurance and The Ohio State University Medical Center. He has been successful in holding them accountable for injuries and death that have occurred because of the actions of their insureds or physicians.
John Alton has lectured throughout Ohio on civil litigation issues and trial techniques. He has regularly shared trial skills and knowledge of substantive law with audiences of lawyers, law students, professional associations and medical groups. John has also authored legal articles in bar publications and continuing legal education manuals.
What separates John Alton from most trial lawyers is his compassion and empathy which emanates from his background and study in psychology and religion at Duke University. Linked below are some papers he wrote more than 30 years ago on some topics that are still relevant today.