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John Allan Smalley

Personal injury Attorney at Dayton, OH

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 38 years
    Indiana - IN 15 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2009
    Temporary Admission Excluded No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

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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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John Allan Smalley
131 North Ludlow Street
Suite 1400
Dayton, OH, 45402-1110
John Allan Smalley
4420 Taylorsville Road
Huber Heights, OH, 45424-2438
John Allan Smalley
1559 Covington Avenue
Piqua, OH, 45356-2830
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2010
Excellent Lawyer!
John was always there to answer my questions, and helped me through the whole process. He got me more for my settlement than I ever expected. I am so grateful to Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz for all their help in this difficult time!


  • Contingency 33%-40%


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Young & Alexander
  • 1985 - 1995


  • University of Dayton
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Kentucky
  • Bachelors
  • 1981


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1997 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • 1995 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • 1987 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1985 - Present
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Trustee
  • 2007 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Nominated for National Lawyer of the year
  • Public Justice
  • 2002
  • AV rated
  • Martindale & Hubbell
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Evidence Workshop
  • Evidence
  • 1999
  • Ohio Auto Insurance and Accident Litigation Conference
  • Ohio Auto Insurance and Accident Litigation
  • 1999
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Spring Conference
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • 1999
  • OATL Fall Conference
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • 1999
  • National Business Institute Conference
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I attended law school with John & it was obvious during law school that he was going to be a top notch trial attorney. We have remained friends over the years. I moved to NE Ohio after law school & I have heard from colleagues who tried cases with John about John's extraordinary jury trial skills."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an aggressive and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse JohN. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Personal injury
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Dayton Personal injury Lawyer John Allan Smalley
John Allan Smalley
Personal injury Attorney
Dayton, OH
Licensed for 38 years