John A. Hallbauer


John takes on the legal challenges so clients can take them off their minds.

His extensive experience includes handling a wide variety of financial institution and commercial matters in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy and probate courts. As Of Counsel to the firm, John assists clients in:

  • Business Litigation

  • Corporate Matters

  • Fiduciary Law

  • First Amendment Matters

  • Insurance Coverage

  • Probate Matters and Litigation

  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation

John frequently lectures and writes on ethics and the unauthorized practice of law and advises lawyer-clients on ethics matters.

When Skill Matters

  • Stopped the operation of a national “trust mill” in Ohio as the unauthorized practice of law.
  • Represented insureds in successfully obtaining defense coverage determinations in federal district court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended a major regional bank’s trust administration practices, obtaining a unanimous reversal of an adverse judgment in the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Successfully resolved trust administration cases through removal and surcharge judgments by both trial and settlement.
  • Obtained favorable rulings and settlements in shareholders dispute cases and cases involving licenses and patents.
  • Prevailed in the defense of many lender liability suits in state and federal courts.

Articles + Presentations

  • Malpractice or Misconduct: “Owning Up” to Mistakes May Make the Difference and Save Your License (Author, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal)
  • At Issue: “Independence for Paralegals” (Author, ABA Journal)

Distinctions + Awards

  • Top Rated Lawyers – Trusts and Estates Law
  • AV-Preeminent Rated (Martindale-Hubbell)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association – Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Past-Chair; Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Past-Chair; Character and Fitness Committee; Grievance Committee

Related Practices

  • Individual + Family Law
  • Estates, Trusts + Probate
  • Business Succession
  • Real Estate + Construction
  • Business Law + Corporate Transactions


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.

  • Albion College, B.A.


  • Ohio

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio

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