Upon graduating from law school in 1982, John Alan began representing workers with occupational diseases caused by toxic chemicals and cotton dust. His practice soon became statewide. He represented hundreds of North Carolina workers in these occupational disease cases, which led to an interest in both medicine and product liability claims. In the mid-1980's, he began representing people who had been injured by major corporations manufacturing toxic chemicals, asbestos, defective pharmaceuticals and harmful medical devices.
From 1984 until 1997, he successfully represented approximately 1,100 women from 28 states who had been injured by the Dalkon Shield IUD. Indeed, he obtained a large plaintiff's verdict in the last Dalkon Shield case tried in the United States. In 1988 he first agreed to represent someone injured by medical malpractice. He tried and won his first medical malpractice case in 1990, and he has successfully represented medical malpractice victims throughout North Carolina, having tried these cases from the mountains to the coast. He now heads the firm's medical malpractice group. John Alan continues to devote a large percentage of his practice to representing individuals catastrophically injured by medical negligence, defective pharmaceuticals, toxic substances or other negligence.
He also devotes a significant amount of his work time to consumer class action litigation and representing small businesses victimized by unfair business practices of major corporations. John Alan served as lead counsel on behalf of thousands of consumers in class actions against major banks arising from predatory lending practices. After more than seven years of litigation, John Alan and partner Chris Olson settled predatory lending class actions against a Bank of America subsidiary, NationsCredit, for $38,750,000 and a CitiBank subsidiary, Citifinancial, for $42,500,000. Each of these class actions went to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, resulting in landmark appellate decisions providing protection for North Carolina consumers and providing compensation to more than 12,000 North Carolina consumers.
John Alan does not limit his law practice to the state of North Carolina. He handles both trial and appellate work in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina and around the U.S. He has received Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" peer review rating, which is the highest rating given. Due to recognition by other attorneys from around North Carolina, John Alan has been recognized by the following organizations:
"Best Lawyers in America"
"North Carolina Super Lawyers"
"Business North Carolina's Legal Elite"