J. Matt Thornton

Associate He / Him / His

J. Matt Thornton is an associate in the Litigation Group. Matt's practice focuses on commercial litigation in both federal and state courts, including individual actions and class action defense, privacy and cybersecurity matters, product liability and mass tort, and disputes implicating the First Amendment.

Matt is involved in all aspects of his cases and prides himself in providing creative, business-oriented solutions for his clients. Among other things, Matt has extensive experience briefing dispositive motions, defending discovery disagreements, handling third-party discovery disputes, arguing substantive motions in court, preparing witnesses to give testimony, taking and defending depositions, negotiating individual and class action settlements, spearheading mediation, and maintaining clear, concise, and timely communications with clients.


Representative Matters

  • Successfully assisted a restaurant owner in challenging a citation issued by City for violating sign ordinance. The City reversed the citation and amended its sign ordinance to remove provision banning signs that “that an average reasonable person would find highly offensive to public decency."
  • Defended large product liability class actions alleging breach of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, express and implied warranties, and myriad consumer protection statutes.
  • Represented a hemp startup in a partnership dispute, in which he helped the client regain control of the company, secure the company’s assets, and expel all wrongdoers.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Internships

In law school, Matt served as a Judicial Intern for Justice Gregory Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Appellate (Denver), Commercial Litigation (Denver), 2022

Board Memberships & Community Service

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance



University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D. 2015; Order of St. Ives)
Denver University Law Review, Staff Editor; Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Staff Editor
Jessup International Moot Court Team, Captain

Virginia Commonwealth University (M.A. Economics, magna cum laude)

Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S. Economics, magna cum laude)



U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit