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. Matt also has experience litigating media and entertainment disputes, including defending defamation and privacy-related claims, obtaining access to government records, and safeguarding First Amendment rights.

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

  • Secured early dismissal of privacy-related claims brought against film producer.
  • Negotiated pre-motion dismissal of defamation claims brought against local blogger.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in a high-profile quasi contract dispute involving more than a billion dollars in alleged damages.

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

Named to Minnesota Lawyer's Up and Coming Attorney List, 2022

Legal 500, Dispute resolution - Product liability, mass tort and class action - automotive/transport - defense, 2022

The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Appellate (Denver), Commercial Litigation (Denver), 2022, 2023

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. District Court for the District of New Mexico

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit