John M. Alten


John focuses his practice on complex business litigation, product liability, and financial services litigation. He represents public and private companies and individuals in all aspects of business litigation, including disputes related to contracts, licensing, securities, product liability, construction, insurance, consumer law, and corporate control. John is well-versed in all forms of alternative dispute resolution. John has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation and to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Education & Admissions


  • Northwestern University

    (B.S., Journalism, 1994)

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law

    (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999)
    Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado



  • Obtained summary judgment, before incurring class-discovery expense, in putative statewide class action concerning insurer’s distribution of medical-payments benefits.
  • On behalf of major utility, defeated class certification in lawsuit concerning air emissions at power plant.
  • Won dismissal on behalf of title insurer in putative class action in connection with the “largest real estate scam in Maryland history.”
  • Defeated class certification in action against custodian of self-directed IRAs holding properties in alleged real-estate Ponzi scheme.
  • Obtained summary judgment, as plaintiff, on behalf of majority owner of IT company in corporate-control dispute.
  • Represented tire valve distributor in defect inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Successful jury verdict on Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claim defending railroad subsidiary of world’s largest steelmaker.
  • Defended manufacturers and suppliers of valves, gas cylinders, electrical equipment, soldering equipment, automotive parts, road-marking equipment, and paint products in product liability and wrongful death claims across the country.
  • Possesses substantial experience with federal multidistrict litigation proceedings and other complex, multiparty actions.


  • Werner v. Progressive Preferred Ins., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 2995 (6th Cir. 2009)
  • Fowler v. Ohio Edison Co., 2008 Ohio 6587 (Ohio App. 2008)
  • Proctor v. Metropolitan Money Store et al., 579 F. Supp.2d 724 (D.Md. 2008)
  • Moorjani v. Mid-Ohio Secs., 2008 Ohio 2727 (Ohio App. 2008)
  • Trebilcock v. Elinsky, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38416 (N.D. Ohio 2007)

Publications & Presentations


  • “Confidentiality Provisions and Sealing of Court Records,” chapter co-author, Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes:  Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcement, Aspen Law & Business (2013 ed.)
  • “Confidentiality Provisions and Sealing of Court Records,” chapter co-author, Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes, Aspen Law & Business (2012 ed.)



  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Law Library Association (Board of Directors)


  • Community Resource Services (President, Board of Directors)




  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2013-2022)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2010-2012)