John M. Alton

John M. Alton & Company, LPA

Cleveland, Ohio 44101


Accident, Auto Accident, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death

Since 1977 I have been a trial lawyer primarily in personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice cases. For 16.5 years I represented property and casualty insurance companies, medical malpractice insurance companies, legal malpractice insurance companies and their insureds in defense of lawsuits filed against them.

Since 1994 I have represented plaintiffs in lawsuits fixed on behalf of the injured party and personal injury or wrongful death cases arising out of serious motor vehicle collisions or medical malpractice. I have also represented those economically harmed by lawyers who were negligent in representation of their clients.

At age 34 I was inducted into the International Association of Defense Counsel.

At age 44 I received board certification in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Civil Trial Advocacy after passing a lengthy written examination.

At age 45 I was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates and have served on its Executive Committee (Ohio) since 2017.

At age 47 I was inducted in to the American College of Trial Lawyers which is limited to no more than 1% of lawyers in each state. In 2009 I was appointed to the State (Ohio) Committee of the ACTL. I served on that committee 6 years, was appointed Vice-Chair of the Committee for 2015-2017 and have been Chair of the Ohio State Committee since 2017.

Since I have been recognized in Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys in medical malpractice as both a defense and plaintiff’s lawyer. I am the only trial lawyer in Central Ohio who has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer in plaintiff’s medical malpractice every year since 2004.

I have tried more than 60 cases to verdict and argued more than 25 cases in various Ohio Courts of Appeal.

In the last few years I have served as a mediator more than 75 times in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, Toledo and other cities throughout Ohio.

My experience and expertise as a trial lawyer for defendants and plaintiffs in serious injury and wrongful death cases provides me with a balanced perspective as a mediator. The number of cases I have been asked to mediate has increased each year since 2011.

As an experienced Trial Lawyer on both sides of the fence, John Alton provides a balanced perspective as a mediator throughout Ohio. Numerous plaintiff lawyers and defense lawyers have asked John Alton to serve as a mediator. More than 30 property and casualty, medical malpractice and legal malpractice insurance companies have approved John Alton as a mediator in cases with settlement demands ranging from $50,000 to $35 million.

John Alton may be the only lawyer in Ohio who is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, board certified in civil trial advocacy, voted for 15 consecutive years as a Super Lawyer in plaintiff’s medical malpractice, rated for more than 25 years by Martindale Hubbell and a preeminent attorney in medical malpractice, a member of the Million Dollars Advocates Forum and a former member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

John Alton is located at
1071 S. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43206

614.221.6751 (Office)
614.439.6526 (Cell)
614.221.6788 (Fax)
[email protected] (Email)