John R. Walton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Walton Law Group, P.C.
 | 35 North Lake Avenue, Suite 700
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: 626-578-6000
Fax: 626-578-6012
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Japanese
Attorney Profile

John R. Walton is well-known in Southern California as a business and intellectual property litigator, and an advocate for personal injury plaintiffs. In his career with the Walton Law Group, P.C., he has amassed an impressive list of achievements in a variety of legal matters.

Mr. Walton has secured multimillion-dollar judgments and settlements for clients in disputes over patent rights, trade secrets, trademarks, copyright, business torts, breach of contract, shareholder disputes and partnership dissolutions. In a case that exemplifies his ingenuity and skills, Mr. Walton won a verdict for his client totalling $14.4 million a three-week jury trial, despite having been retained barely two weeks before the start of the trial.

Mr. Walton received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and went on to earn a law degree with honors from the University of Michigan Law School. After law school, Mr. Walton was awarded a fellowship by the Japanese Ministry of Education and earned a Master of Laws degree from Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. He is fluent in spoken and written Japanese, and has represented many Japanese clients in litigation in California courts.

Admitted to the practice of law in California, Mr. Walton has served the profession as a member of the executive committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California. His contributions to his community include volunteering as a leader in the Cub Scouts.

Among other honors he has received during the course of his legal career, Mr. Walton has been named among the top lawyers in Pasadena by Pasadena Magazine and among the top rated lawyers in Southern California by The American Lawyer magazine. He has also been recognized for excellence in trial advocacy by the mayor of Lancaster, California.

His clients include other lawyers (including partners in international law firms), members of famous families, small- to mid-sized businesses, entrepreneurs who started life in a different country using a different language, and also a general assortment of individuals who have suffered injury or injustice. Most clients are referred by other lawyers; approximately half of them are later referred by lawyers who were previously Mr. Walton's opposing counsel on another matter.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Personal Injury - General (30%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019

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About John Walton

Admitted: 1987, California


  • Recognized for excellence in trial advocacy after jury verdict of $14 million., Certificate of Excellence in Trial Advocacy, Mayor of Lancaster, 2012
  • cum laude; AmJur awards; FLAS Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1984
  • Selected as Top-Rated Lawyer (Southern California), Top Rated Lawyer, American Lawyer
  • Selected as one of the top attorneys in Pasadena area., Top Attorney, Pasadena Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Executive Committee, International Law Section, California State Bar, 1998
  • California, 1987

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader, 2009


  • Obtained jury verdict of 3x defense's pretrial settlement offer in dog bite case, as well as court order awarding sanctions of some $3,000 against insurance defense counsel and order that requests for admissions be deemed admitted by defendant., 2016
  • Procured a six-figure recovery on behalf of an owner of commercial real property based on claims for failure of broker to draft leases correctly and to collect the correct amounts owed.  Despite the fact the claims were some 15 years old, successfully argued for tolling and estoppel to assert statute of limitations.  In the course of representation, also uncovered and proved fraudulent alteration of transaction documents by broker., 2016
  • On the eve of trial, successfully negotiated settlement that required Regents of University of California to honor their promise to preserve a Japanese garden named in honor of plaintiffs' deceased mother.  The settlement included payment of $400,000 in attorneys' fees despite there being no contract providing for recovery of attorney's fees., 2015
  • Litigated and favorably resolved contruction defect litigation claim on behalf of prominent Southern California college., 2015
  • Obtained writ reversal directing trial court to vacate order compelling judicial reference in favor of order finding it had been waived by plaintiff having filed suit first., 2014
  • In a bitter, internecine fight for corporate control lasting five years, the company at issue terminated the employment of Walton's clients and sued them for breach of fiduciary duty, demanding more than $2 million in damages.  The clients counter-claimed against the majority shareholder for breach of fiduciary based upon an implied joint venture and abuse of control by the majority shareholder.  Most of the client-defendants were dismissed completely by means of demurrer, and all claims against the remaining two were dismissed with prejudice for a waiver of costs.  The counterclaims were then tried in arbitration, subject to a stipulated high-low award that guaranteed a victory to Walton's clients.  After 11 hearing days, the arbitrator awarded the stipulated maximum in damages and also found that Walton had successfully proven the existence an implied joint venture even without any express oral or written agreement. The end result was that the clients were completely vindicated of the accusations against them, and were also compensated for their losses., 2014
  • Retained as defense trial counsel three weeks before re-trial of employment case that previously resulted in a $1.1 million plaintiff verdict. As a result of motions in limine and arguments at final status conference, maximum possible verdict for plaintiff was reduced to $60,000. Case settled same day., 2013
  • Successfully argued the first published appellate authority in California to consider whether an attorney may represent a shareholder who simultaneously pursues both derivative and direct claims., 2013
  • Obtained federal court judgment for willful Lanham Act violations, awarding $5.6 million in damages and injunctive relief, plus award of attorneys' fees., 2013
  • Obtained 3-0 affirmance on appeal of preliminary injuction against Regents of University of California's attempts to sell a property containing a landmark Japanese garden they had promised to preserve in perpetuity., 2012
  • Obtained order vacating default judgment more than six months after entry based upon defects in service of process, affirmed on appeal. In related case, procured complete dismissal of all claims against client plus an award of attorneys' fees for the prior appeal under FRCP 41(d), 2012
  • Retained as trial counsel ten days before trial. After three-week trial, jury returned a $14.4 million verdict against all defendants, comprised of awarding client ownership of art valued at $6 million plus $8.4 million in compensatory damages, 2012
  • Persuaded party claiming business joint venture with client to abandon claim for no compensation, 2012
  • Persuaded plaintiff to abandon its lawsuit against client without even filing answer., 2012
  • Obtained two judgments of non-dischargeability in Bankruptcy Court for willful trademark infringement and breach of fiduciary duty., 2012
  • Obtained judgment of disinheritance and award of attorneys' fees in probate dispute. Obtained vacation of judgment against foreign national based upon novel interpretation of the Hague Convention. Obtained dismissal of clients in complex breach of fiduciary duty case, 2011
  • Obtained judgment against petitioner in Probate Court after 5-day trial. Based on proof that purported amendment to trust was forged, client's petition to disinherit petitioner was granted, 2010
  • Co-lead counsel in Kara Technology v., $120 million patent case resulting in verdict in client's favor after three-week jury trial. , 2010
  • After three-week trial, obtained defense judgment on contract and securities claims, and award of $1.8 million plus attorneys' fees on cross-complaint for usury and alter ego liability., 2009
  • Co-lead counsel in trade secrets and patent ownership case involving diesel emission reduction technology. Case settled during arbitration for confidential amount, 2008
  • Obtained multi-million dollar judgment (upheld on appeal) in favor of foreign investor in U.S. company, including findings of alter ego liability., 2007
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlements in favor of Japanese client in dispute over proceeds from investment fund. , 2006
  • Successfully represented Japanese clients in jury trial over stock ownership in U.S. subsidiary of Japanese company, resulting mid-trial settlement granting clients all stock rights., 2005
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement after six-week jury trial in trademark and trade secret case., 2004
  • 2004 obtained multi-milllion dollar settlement after six-week jury trial in trademark and trade secret case. , 2004
  • Obtain injunction against attempts by the Regents of the University of California to sell a landmark Japanese garden they had promised to preserve; affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement in favor of shareholder client making Ahmanson claims against former partner.


  • In partnership dispute involving complex commercial real estate interests, avoided litigation by staged series of corporate actions leading to sale of the asset and eventual agreement among partners., 2016
  • Successfully avoided shareholder dispute by negotiating and implementing MBO of corporation without need for litigation., 2012

Representative Clients:

  • Micro Research Laboratory
  • DK Art
  • TMW Corp.
  • Mischioff AG.
  • Kormann Rockster Recycler GmbH.
  • GNC
  • TriPharma
  • Bank of Kentucky
  • Meiji Dairies
  •  Kuni Research Int'l.
  • Casch Copenhagen
  • Panda Development & Construction
  • Superior Real Estate
  • Hollywood Sound Int'l.

Educational Background:

  • Masters of Law, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan., Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship, 1988
  • Stanford University, B.A.
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Office Location for John R. Walton

35 North Lake Avenue
Suite 700
Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: 626-578-6000

Fax: 626-578-6012

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Last Updated: 11/16/2018

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