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John M. Alton, Mediator, Columbus, Ohio.

John M. Alton

John M. Alton & CO., LPA
1071 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43206
Tel: (614) 439-6526
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Recognized to Ohio Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced: 2008
  • Total Mediations (as of Jul 2021): 275
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In 2008 after representing defendants and plaintiffs nearly 50/50 since 1977, I was first retained as a mediator in a medical negligence case. I served as a mediator and as a trial lawyer through 2018. As requests to mediate cases increased, I transitioned in 2019 to a nearly full time mediator role. I have served as a mediator in person in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Athens, Mansfield, Zanesville, Lancaster, Van Wert and Wheeling, W. Va. Since the Pandemic I have also mediated cases virtually or via a hybrid of in person and virtual. Lawyers from California, Texas, Colorado, Florida, Delaware, New Jersey, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and Ohio have mediated cases with me in person or virtually. Types of cases I have mediated include medical negligence, nursing home neglect, product liability, medical device product liability, business litigation, real estate, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, legal malpractice, employment, intentional tort, insurance coverage, school law, 1983 actions, political subdivision liability, negligent security, CSPA and defamation. My 40+ years of experience as a trial lawyer including 50+ trials to verdict and hundreds of settlements with and without a mediator provide me with a balanced, impartial perspective.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wrongful Death


Duke University, Cum Laude with Distinction in Psychology (B.A., 1974)

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D., 1977)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2021, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Top 50 Columbus Lawyers List)
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (2020-present)
  • Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (1996-1998)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (2000-present; State (Ohio) Committee, 2009-2020; State Committee Chair, 2017-2019)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (1996-present; Ohio Chapter President-Elect, 2021)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy, 1997-2010)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (1985-1994)
  • Columbus Bar Association (1977-present; Professional Ethics Committee, 1997-1999)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2004-2020, Plaintiff Medical Malpractice)
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys (1992 - Defense and Plaintiff Medical Malpractice)
  • Best Lawyers (2008-present; 2020 Professional Malpractice Lawyer of the Year)

Rates Information

$350 per hour for preparation, the mediation itself and post mediation activity

$250 per hour for travel

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