Kristi Elliott – A Story Of Tragedy & Triumph

In 1986, Kristi Elliott was an all-star swimmer at Ohio State University (OSU). After leaving an OSU football game during her sophomore year, Kristi accidentally fell into OSU’s Mirror Lake, striking a limestone planter and instantly rendering her a quadriplegic. Through the diligent, meticulous research of her attorney, John Alton, they discovered that OSU had been warned about the dangerous conditions posed by the planters as far back as the 1950s. After a long legal battle and two trials, OSU settled Kristi’s lawsuit. Kristi went on to graduate college, become a champion of self-reliance, even challenging herself to feats like skydiving. This is Kristi’s amazing story of tragedy, determination and courage.

Joining Kristi are John Alton and her father-in-law Jim Montrella and her mother Bev Montrella.

John Alton of Alton & Barclay LLP has been recognized for his accomplishments in many ways, including certification as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, admission as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and selection as an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. A significant number of John’s clients are referred to him by attorneys who are cognizant of his reputation, experience, expertise and success in handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Over the past 31 years, John has resolved more than 3,000 personal injury and medical negligence lawsuits by settlement or trial. John holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Alton & Barclay LLP provides personal attention combined with experience and dedication. The firm enjoys the respect of clients, defense attorneys and insurance companies. Alton & Barclay LLP handles cases on a contingent fee basis.

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