Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1974

Carleton College, B.A., 1971 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Florida
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
Timothy R. Thornton
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During his career, Tim Thornton has provided advice and tried cases on a wide variety of legal matters, including:

  • Complex litigation
  • Non-compete enforcement
  • Labor and employment
  • ERISA litigation
  • Land use
  • Environmental
  • Transportation
  • Contracts
  • Class actions
  • Securities
  • Corporate
  • Partnerships
  • Shareholder relations and corporate governance
  • Interstate commerce and federal preemption
  • Fire and explosions
  • Insurance coverage
  • Toxic torts
  • Mass torts
  • Products liability
  • General litigation
  • Railway Labor Act

Tim is the former executive vice president and general counsel of Northwest Airlines Inc.; hence, he has been on both ends of statements for legal services. As a result, he understands the value and cost of legal service and how to help inside counsel succeed. His clients include Xcel Energy, BNSF Railway Company, Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Company, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Mesaba Aviation Inc., Great Lakes Aviation, AON, Leamington Company, Waste Management and the National Football League Players Association. His practice focuses on litigation in all courts. Tim also has significant experience in deals and acquisitions.

Honors & Awards

  • 2007 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Minnesota Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Oil & Gas Law
  • Top 40 Business Litigation Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial, Band 2
  • Minnesota Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Leading Attorney, Benchmark Litigation
  • Labor & Employment Star- Midwest, Benchmark Litigation

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member

Florida Bar, Member