John Thornton

Thornton, John

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Phone: (312) 503-7606

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

John Thornton specialized in complex commercial litigation and employment law as an associate at Jenner & Block LLP, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, PC, and, most recently, at Scandaglia & Ryan. He received a BA from Notre Dame, a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a JD from Northwestern Law.

Selected Publications

  • 2008 Developments in Illinois Employment Discrimination Law in Employment issue, Vol. 23 andrews litigation reporter 8 (November 18, 2008). (with Alan W. Nicgorski)
  • Record Retention and Litigation Holds for Financial Institutions in the review of banking & financial services (June 2006). (with Bruce A. Radke)
  • Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions in Chapter 9, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Business & Commercial Litigation, 2007 edition. (with Gregory J. Scandaglia, William J. Ryan, and Bradley D. Hergott)
  • Winning the Battle of the Forms in illinois bar journal (July 2008). (with William J. Ryan)


  • BA magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • JD, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Associate, 2006-2009, Scandaglia & Ryan
  • Associate, 2005-2006, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, PC
  • Associate, 2002-2005, Jenner & Block LLP
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Lecturer, 1985-1999, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • English as a Second Language Instructor, 1983-1985, Truman College Refugee Program