Law Offices of John W. Dalton

990 Highland Drive, Suite 102
Solana Beach, CA 92075-3405
(858) 720-8422 San Diego, California
(877) 593-2777 California Statewide Toll Free Call

The Law Offices of John W. Dalton was established by John Dalton in December 1998. Mr. Dalton’s law practice is primarily concentrated in the areas of civil rights (workplace discrimination), most notably in the area of sexual harassment and personal injury.

Mr. Dalton graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 with a B.A. in Economics. From 1988 to 1994 Mr. Dalton worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and did one overseas tour in Paris, France from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Dalton left his active status with the CIA in 1993 and began law school at California Western School of Law, in San Diego, California the same year. He graduated from California Western in August 1995, having participated in an accelerated program, took the February 1996 Bar Exam and was admitted to the State Bar the same year. His employment with the CIA ceased in 1994. Mr. Dalton litigates in San Diego and Orange County.

In the Spring of 1998, Mr. Dalton second chaired a sexual harassment trial in San Diego (North County) (Gober et al. v. Ralphs Grocery Company, Case No. N72142) wherein the jury awarded the six plaintiffs $550,000 in compensatory damages and $3,375,000 in punitive damages. At the time, it was believed to be the largest sex harassment verdict against a grocery chain in California. Based on juror misconduct the punitive damage award was thrown out, which necessitated a new trial to determine the amount of punitive damages to be awarded against Ralphs. The new trial began in March 2002 with the jury reaching a verdict in April 2002. Mr. Dalton again second chaired.

This time, the jury awarded $30 million in punitive damages against Ralphs (i.e. $5 million to each plaintiff), which is thought to be the second largest sexual harassment verdict in the nation.

Mr. Dalton is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Consumer Attorneys of California..


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