John D. Claypool


Herrling Clark Law Firm
800 North Lynndale Drive
Appleton, WI 54914
United States

Tel: 920-739-7366
Fax: 920-739-6352


John Claypool concentrates his practice in the area of personal injury litigation. He is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocates. He has also been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer, placing him in the top 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin. In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, he was given special accolades as one of Wisconsin’s Top 50 attorneys.

In addition to having tried over 100 cases before juries, John has settled cases in excess of $3 million. In the fall of 2015, after a week-long jury trial, John earned a $1.3 million verdict for a client on a complicated premises liability claim.

John is an ardent believer in the right to a trial by jury and has been asked to speak on this topic on several occasions. In July 2013, John discussed the importance of our jury system during a segment of “It’s Your Law,” hosted by George Curtis. You can view this program here.

Throughout John’s career, he has taken on several large corporations on behalf of his clients, including Walmart, Walgreen’s, WE Energies, AT&T, ShopKo, Stanley, Black & Decker, and Ford Motor Company.

Because of his professional acumen and reputation, John is frequently asked to serve as a mediator in personal injury cases. John was rated by an international service as having high to very high legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions of the Bar in Northeast Wisconsin.

John is an active member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice (formerly the Wisconsin Association of Trial Lawyers) and is a frequent speaker and presenter on various legal issues for the organization. John’s involvement with WAJ allows him to maintain a working knowledge of legislative changes and proposed legislation that affect his clients’ rights.

John is very involved in the Fox Valley community. He has also served on the Wisconsin State Bar’s Board of Governors and the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice (formerly the Wisconsin Association of Trial Lawyers). Locally, John served as a past-president of the Outagamie County Bar Association and sat on the Board of Directors for C.O.T.S.

Our personal injury team handles a range of cases, from automobile accidents to products liability cases. For each case, we perform a thorough investigation to identify the responsible parties. No stone goes unturned as we begin to collect and prepare evidence for trial. Our detail-oriented attorneys take the time needed to pursue optimal results for our clients.

As skilled negotiators, we always work to reach a significant settlement for personal injury victims and their families. In the event that we cannot negotiate a settlement in your favor, our firm has the resources to take any case to trial.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, timing is critical. The sooner you initiate your case, the more likely it is that you will preserve evidence necessary for your recovery. With offices in Appleton, Green Bay, and New London, Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your injury.

Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. has more nationally board certified trial attorneys located in northeast Wisconsin than any other law firm. We have handled some of the largest and most complex civil litigation cases in the area. Attorneys from Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. focus their attention on specific areas of law so that they can provide clients with the most current and effective legal advice.

Our firm provides the services of seasoned attorneys who combine their diverse experience to pursue optimal results in every case.

Our lawyers have held prominent positions in various state legal organizations (including a prominent state trial lawyers’ organization), have appeared as regular guests on local radio programs, and host a local legal education television program. Several of our lawyers have, on numerous occasions, been asked to give seminar presentations to lawyers or give speeches to government or civic groups, and several lawyers have authored articles and/or chapters in various respected legal publications.

Although we are proud of the recognition and accomplishments that we have obtained within our profession and within the community, we are even more proud of the feedback from our clients.

The many “thank you” letters and cards received from clients that we have represented, together with the referrals of new clients that we have received from past clients, make us feel good about what we do. If there is any way we can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact us.

Our firm prides itself on cutting edge technology in our offices, as well as immediate accessibility to trends and developments in the law. Whether your case will turn on a state court decision or a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, our attorneys will remain abreast of case law as it happens. We are available to handle any questions or concerns that you may have throughout your case. Our attorneys and staff are trained to handle any of the most complex legal matters that may arise and we will be prepared to execute appropriate legal strategies to get the results you need.