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Attorney John A. Smalley joined Dyer Garofalo as a partner in 1995.  Before that time, he was a partner in another Dayton, Ohio law firm doing insurance defense work.

Over the past twenty five years, Attorney Smalley has had a tremendous amount of jury trial experience. He has tried over 400 jury trials in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas and South Dakota. He has tried cases involving personal injury, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, construction accidents, property damage-fire loss, insurance bad faith, multiple types of business litigation and federal trademark infringement. Attorney Smalley obtained many million and multi-million dollar verdicts including million dollar verdicts in an insurance bad faith case reported in National Law Journal, an elevator drop, personal injury case, multiple catastrophic injury cases arising from motor vehicle accidents and multiple class actions.

Attorney Smalley has been recognized many times in the recent past. He was nominated by Public Justice in 2007 as National Lawyer of the Year for a $53,000,000 verdict against the State of Ohio in a class action suit on behalf of Ohio Workers. He is honored to be an A-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer and Top Ohio Attorney from 2007 through 2011. Attorney Smalley has served on the Ohio Association of Justice Board of Trustees, has been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio by the National Trial Lawyers Association, serves frequently as a hired expert witness in the area of insurance bad faith and has spoken to dozens of groups and organizations on topics of tort law, insurance bad faith, trial practice and evidence.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    6 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 30%
    6 years
  3. Defective Products: 30%
    6 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Trevor James Crossen

    John is an aggressive and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. I highly recommend him.


    Trevor Crossen Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse JohN. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

4420 Taylorsville Road
Huber Heights, OH, 45424-2438

1559 Covington Avenue
Piqua, OH, 45356-2830



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in OhioNational Trial Lawyers2011
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2007
Nominated for National Lawyer of the yearPublic Justice2002
AV ratedMartindale & Hubbell1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz1995 - Present
PartnerYoung & Alexander1985 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Association for JusticeTrustee2007 - 2007
National Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1997 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeN/A1995 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A1987 - Present
Dayton Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
Louisville Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of KentuckyN/AOther - Bachelors1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ohio Evidence WorkshopEvidence1999
Ohio Auto Insurance and Accident Litigation ConferenceOhio Auto Insurance and Accident Litigation1999
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Spring ConferenceInsurance Bad Faith1999
OATL Fall ConferenceInsurance Bad Faith1999
National Business Institute ConferenceInsurance Bad Faith1998