John P. Malone

John P. Malone



John P. Malone

     Office tel: 216-861-5511

     Fax: 216-861-0211


Professional Recognition:

  • AV Preeminent Rated Martindale Hubbell for over 35 years

       Practice Areas:

  • Business and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Estate Planning and Probate        

John Malone began law practice as a solo practitioner and that entrepreneurial spirit has defined the character of his legal career. While his practice encompasses a wide range of fields, he has developed a special focus on business, real estate, probate and civil litigation. 

He has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts, where he represents individuals and businesses.  John knows the ins and outs of trials as well as the most advantageous options for successful resolution outside of court. He has distinguished experience in trials and appeals. He handles federal and state matters as diverse as contract disputes, shareholder litigation, real estate litigation, complex intellectual property and employment issues, tax controversies and civil rights defense. 

On the business and transactional side of his law practice, John represents developers, buyers, sellers and lenders in commercial real estate transactions from the initial negotiation to final closing. John advises small and mid-sized businesses on day to day matters and long-term planning with an eye to maximizing their profitability. John's relationships with business owners and their key employees requires that he routinely advises his clients as to their estate plans, prepares wills and trusts, and aids trustees and beneficiaries with the administration of trusts and probate estates. In all matters undertaken, John brings experience, knowledge and integrity to the table. 

Recent matters John has handled include: representation of manufacturing and companies in restructuring and litigation; shareholder disputes; representing commercial real estate developers and investors; representing business owners in buy-sell, partnership and operating agreements; obtaining a defense verdict in a U.S. District Court jury trial where he successfully defended a property owner accused of civil rights violations, which decision was upheld on appeal in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; representing the plaintiff in a successful RICO and fraud telecommunication case in both federal and state court; and counseling on international contract and business matters.

In advising his individual clients and their businesses, John brings practical and academic experience, having served as an Assistant Professor of Business Law at Cleveland State University from 1975 to 1982.

John partners with out of state attorneys and law firms as local counsel in Federal and State Courts.

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Ohio, 1971
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court, Washington, D.C.


  •  Ohio State Bar Association - Member
          OSBA Small Firm Section
          OSBA Real Property Section
          OSBA Litigation Section                                                     


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.
  • College of the Holy Cross, A.B.  (Alumni Class Agent: 40 years)