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John M. Alton

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Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Blacklick, OH

John M. Alton & Co., L.P.A.
1382 Windrush Cir
Blacklick, OH 43004
Phone: 614-221-6751
Fax: 614-221-6788
Email: John M. Alton
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1977
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Attorney Profile

In 2020 I was inducted into the Ohio Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). In Columbus, Ohio only three other mediators are members of NADN. One of them nominated  me and another seconded my nomination into NADN.  

Additional honors I have received as a trial lawyer  include: 

          (a) inducted into the International Association of Defense Counsel (1984);

          (b) certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997);

          (c) inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2000); State Committee (Ohio) 2009-2022; Vice Chair, State Committee, 2015-2017; Chair, State Committee, 2017-2019

          (d) inducted as an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, 1996; Advocate, 2021; Ohio Chapter, President (2022).

          (e) recognized in Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in medical malpractice (1996-2018);

          (f) recognized by Best Lawyers in Professional Malpractice (2008); Lawyer of the Year in Columbus, Ohio (2020); and

          (g) recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers in plaintiff’s medical malpractice (2004-2020) and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2021-2022).

In late 2019 I transitioned to full-time private mediator and arbitrator after trying more than 70 as a defense and plaintiff lawyer from 1977-2015. I was primarily a defense lawyer from 1977-1994 and a plaintiff lawyer from 1994-2019. 

I have mediated hundreds of cases with lawyers and party decision makers from more than 15 Ohio cities and towns with lawyers and party decision makers from more than 20 states. Since Pandemic inception in March 2020 the modalities in which I have mediated cases include (a) Zoom; (b) a combination of Zoom and in person; or (c) in person.

My website and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals bio page below contain additional information about my background.    
                                                                                                                             I John Alton                                                         

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Office: (614) 221-6751

Mobile: (614) 439-6525



About John M. Alton

First Admitted: 1977, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • In 1974 I graduated from Duke University, Cum Laude with Distinction in Psychology. My majors were Psychology and Religion. I wrote an honors thesis entitled, "Children's Conceptions of Mental Illness: A Developmental Study" based on a two-year independent study of 1st, 4th and 7th grade students in the Durham, North Carolina public school system. In 1977 I graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where I received the highest grade in "Law and Psychiatry" based on a paper I wrote on the liability of psychiatrists for death caused to third parties by their patients whom they negligently released from mental health care facilities.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates; Ohio Chapter Executive Committee 2016-2021; President Elect 2021., 1996
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). State (Ohio) Committee 2009-2020; Vice Chair (2015-2017) and Chair (2017-2019)., 2000

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified in civil trial advocacy by The National Board of Trial Advocay, 1997


  • The NBTA is the sole organization in the country which provides certification to trial lawyers in civil trial advocacy based on an application which demonstrates a significant amount of experience as a trial lawyer and an all-day examination regarding substantive knowledge of two areas of concentration, the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Uniform Code of Professional Responsibility. In 1997 John Alton became certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the NBTA., Board Certification, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Served on the Columbus Bar Association Ethics and Grievances Committee, 1998

Industry Groups

  • Business Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • medical device product liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • political subdivision liability
  • Product Liability
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Discharge
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Office Location for John M. Alton

1382 Windrush Cir
Blacklick, OH 43004

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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