John E. Thornton, Jr.

John E. Thornton, Jr.

Senior Associate

Email john.thornton@​

Phone +1 305 459 6521

Fax +1 305 459 6550

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

John Thornton serves clients as counsel for the situation, and he offers proactive legal solutions to complex business challenges.

John's experience includes a diverse range of complex commercial litigation, investigations, and pro bono matters. He has counseled some of the United States' largest health insurance providers, educational institutions, leading energy companies, mortgage loan servicers, and major financial institutions.

John has represented clients in matters involving breach of contract, tortious interference, deceptive and unfair trade practices, collection practices, ERISA, and the False Claims Act. He has successfully argued dispositive motions, opposed injunctions, and drafted appellate briefs. John has also defended witness depositions, drafted discovery responses and requests, and notably obtained a dismissal of all charges before trial in a criminal defense matter.

John served as a law clerk for the Honorable Donald L. Graham, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Before clerking, John worked for a Chicago-based global law firm. There, he represented clients in complex civil litigation and securities and shareholder litigation. He also defended clients against SEC investigations and conducted internal investigations for various companies. John completed a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Graduate Fellowship at the Center for Conflict Resolution while studying for the Illinois bar exam, where he was certified as a mediator and mediated numerous cases in Illinois state court.

While at the University of Miami School of Law, John served as Articles and Comments Editor of the Inter-American Law Review.

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, 2014

B.S.B.A., University of Florida, 2011


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

President, Gator Club of Miami

Bar admissions and qualifications



Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

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