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Sean R. Alto

Partner

Sean Alto knows that, for most of his personal injury clients, justice is more than just recovering compensation to balance the harms and losses — it’s about preventing the same tragedy they suffered from happening to someone else.

That’s why for Sean, success stems not only from his commitment to his clients, but also from his ability to help influence public policy and make a lasting impact across the country.

“Excellent, caring, and thorough. Sean Alto did a superb job at guiding me through the process. He made significant progress with my case all while I was still healing in the hospital from a brain injury and a broken leg from a drunk driver who ran me over. Communications were very clear and concise, and I never felt like I was out of the loop of what was going on. Sean went above and beyond in every manner. He truly has a passion for his position, and it shows in his work and dedication to his clients.”
Brian Millar
  • ​​Presenter at the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Helped more than 100 clients navigate complex legal issues
  • Chaired the Columbus Bar Association Common Pleas Court Committee for several years
  • 2nd degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won
  • Co-Chair American Association for Justice COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation Task Force
  • Appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Civil Justice Program Fund Application Review Committee in 2020 and 2022
  • Has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️️️️ & Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™️️️️ 2023 Honorees
  • ​​Presenter at the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Helped more than 100 clients navigate complex legal issues
  • Chaired the Columbus Bar Association Common Pleas Court Committee for several years
  • 2nd degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won
  • Co-Chair American Association for Justice COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation Task Force
  • Appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Civil Justice Program Fund Application Review Committee in 2020 and 2022
  • Has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️️️️ & Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™️️️️ 2023 Honorees

Sean prides himself on taking cases that other firms have turned down.

This urge to help people began from a young age, when he was growing up in northeastern Ohio.

He attended The Ohio State University and began to plant his roots in Columbus. After obtaining his J.D. from Capital University Law School, he didn’t originally know that he wanted to go into personal injury law. In fact, Sean clerked at a midsize insurance defense firm one summer during law school.

That experience quickly taught him that he did not want to be working on the side of the insurance companies.

After law school, Sean held a clerkship with a trial court judge and discovered that he had a knack for plaintiff’s work.

Sean joined Cooper Elliott in 2014. He’s proud to be part of a team that is dedicated to defending good, honest people hurt by those who are careless or greedy – and one that values quality of cases over quantity.

SEAN'S MISSION
“Good, honest people get hurt by those who are careless or greedy. For me, it’s the moment when I am able to help clients achieve peace of mind after they’ve endured such a hardship—that’s why I do what I do.”

An important component of that quality is making sure his clients are heard and helping them achieve justice in a way they never imagined possible. For example, Sean has achieved resolutions for his clients in several hazing cases that have made national news.

Sean represented the families in the tragic cases of Collin Wiant, who died due to a fraternity hazing ritual at Ohio University in 2018, and Stone Foltz, who was also a victim of a fatal hazing incident at Bowling Green University in 2021.

In addition to reaching significant resolutions for these heartbroken families, Sean and fellow attorney Rex Elliott worked with the Foltz and Wiant families to pass Collin’s Law, which made hazing a felony in Ohio and demanded more transparency about hazing incidents from universities and other institutions.

In 2023, Sean and Rex were awarded the J. Thomas Henrietta Distinguished Advocacy Award from the Ohio Association for Justice for their work in these cases.

Similarly, Sean represented the family of Bryan Galliher, who was murdered in 2016 by a neighbor who was able to buy a black powder gun from Cabela’s despite the perpetrator’s admission that he was a convicted felon. The family sued Cabela’s for the illegal sale, which led not only to a seven-figure resolution, but also led to new policies for Cabela’s and its parent company Bass Pro that they do not sell black powder firearms online or over the telephone.

Outside of the office, Sean loves spending time with his family. He has been married to his wife Kelly for almost 9 years, and together they have three children: Jackson, Mackenzie, and Logan.

At the end of the day, Sean values the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and provide them with solace when they have nowhere else to turn.

For the Foltz family, the Wiant family, the Galliher family, and all of his other clients, Sean’s commitment to seeking justice for those who have been wronged has led to incredible results. But his advocacy doesn’t end at the immediate needs of his clients. Sean’s passion for personal injury lawsuits stems from a desire to improve the community around him – to implement long-lasting change that makes Ohio safer.

  • Capital University Law School
  • The Ohio State University
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch
  • Ohio Association for Justice J. Thomas Henrietta Distinguished Advocacy Award
  • SuperLawers, 2023
  • SuperLawyers Rising Stars
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice

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