John M. Alton Named a Super Lawyer for the 14th consecutive year
An outstanding trial lawyer, John Alton focuses his professional time in the preparation and trial of complex litigation and has tried more than 65 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.
I began my 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. Early in my career, I was retained to represent the interests of physicians and hospitals throughout Ohio.
In 1994 I 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 me potential clients due to my experience and expertise as a trial lawyer.
I have lectured throughout Ohio on civil litigation issues and trial techniques and have shared trial skills and knowledge of substantive law with audiences of lawyers, law students, professional associations and medical groups. I have 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 along with a short published interview regarding what motivated him to become a trial lawyer: