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Attorney John Rinehardt earned his law degree at the Ohio State University College of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in 1986. Ever since, John has devoted his legal expertise to helping the victims of wrongdoing obtain justice in the courts of Ohio. In his extensive experience, John has successfully handled cases where someone has been hurt or killed in cases involving defective products, unsafe industrial machines, reckless driving, vicious dog attacks, unguarded factory machine malfunctions, slip and falls, car wrecks caused by drunk drivers, electrocutions, nursing home neglect, and many other situations.

Based on positive client reviews, John received the Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo and the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubble. Less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on Lawyers.com and Martindale.com have received this distinction. Avvo is an online legal services marketplace that provides attorney ratings. John is rated 10/10.

John donates time and money to many local causes including MADD, inner-city youth basketball leagues, the Richland County Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and DARE. John and Hillary were the attorney advisors for Lexington local school’s mock trial team for six years.  When he isn’t fighting for his clients, John loves to spend his time fishing and hiking.

National Board of Trial Advocacy Certification

In 2001, the National Board of Trial Advocacy certified John as a Civil Trial Advocate. To become board certified, John had to provide proof of his extensive trial experience and then had to pass a written examination. Less than 1% of the attorneys in the United States have earned the Civil Trial Advocate board certification. John was re-certified with the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 2011.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

In 2012, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum certified John as a member. In 2015, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum certified John as a member. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases.

Super Lawyers

John was selected to be listed in Super Lawyers magazine in 2012 and again in 2016. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

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Litigation Percentage
  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2013
Education
  • Ohio State University College of Law: Columbus, Ohio, 1986

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell for a 5.0 client review rating score
  • SuperLawyers, 2012, 2016
  • AVVO Clients’ Choice Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001, 2011, 2016
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Preeminent Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Ohio Association For Justice
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Central Ohio Association For Justice
  • Injury Board 
  • NBTA (National Board of Trial Advocacy)