John Smalley


Location: Dayton, Ohio Phone: 937-223-8888
Fax: 937-223-0127 Email: Email Me Super Lawyer Profile

Attorney John A. Smalley joined Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz as a partner in 1995. Before that time, he was a partner at another Dayton, Ohio law firm where he focused his practice on insurance defense work.

Over the past twenty five years, John 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 injuries, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, construction accidents, property damage-fire loss, insurance bad faith, multiple types of business litigation and federal trademark infringement. John 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.

John 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.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1985
  • Kentucky, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1986


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. – 1985
  • University of Kentucky
    • B.A. – 1981

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Ohio, 2007 – 2011
  • Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Pro Bono Activities

  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project