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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 Jan 2021): 225
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I have served as a mediator in person and virtually more than 225 times in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati and other cities throughout Ohio and with lawyers and party decision makers in more than 20 states. My 40+ years of experience as a defense and plaintiff lawyerprovide me with a balanced perspective as a mediator. The first 40% of my career I represented defendants; the last 60% I represented plaintiffs. I have tried more than 60 cases - two thirds as a defense lawyer and one third as a plaintiff's lawyer - and have settled hundreds of my clients' cases without a mediator.

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)
  • Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (1996 – 1998)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (2000-present; State Chair, 2017-2019)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (1996-present; President-Elect, Ohio Chapter, 2021)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997-2010, Civil Trial Advocacy)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (1984-1994)
  • 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 

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