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Timothy R. Thornton

In Memoriam: 1955 - 2019

It is with great sadness that Greensfelder announces that its chief executive officer and president, Timothy R. Thornton, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Education

J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1980

B.S., Illinois State University, 1976

Profile

Tim Thornton was chief executive officer of the firm from 2016 to 2019 and represented clients in construction law matters, building a nationally recognized practice. In his role as CEO, he managed the daily affairs of the firm’s offices, leading strategic, financial, business development and operations issues.

In his decades of legal practice, Tim handled all aspects of construction law, including transactional work and dispute resolution in the public and private sectors. He represented prime contractors, subcontractors, design-builders, design professionals, construction managers and owners from initial planning of the project through final resolution of disputes.

In 2016, Tim became Greensfelder’s first CEO after previously serving as a board member, president and highly respected partner during his 38 years with the firm. While serving as CEO, his vision for the firm led to progress in numerous areas, including the growth of Greensfelder’s Chicago office, furtherance of the firm’s diversity initiatives, and the implementation of a new strategic growth plan. In 2017, he was honored by Missouri Lawyers Media as a top “Law Firm Leader.”

Tim's vision for the firm was one where all employees were given the opportunity to achieve their highest potential, diversity of leadership was paramount to future success, and clients and community were at the forefront of Greensfelder’s business model. He believed that Greensfelder employees were the firm’s biggest asset and frequently referred to them as “family.” He was known as a great leader, and an even better person.

Tim was a member of many legal and trade organizations, including the American College of Construction Lawyers, American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, and the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys. He was also recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Construction; The Best Lawyers in America, including as Construction Law Lawyer of the Year in 2018; and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers. 

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