Thornton S. McKinney, III
Thornton S. McKinney, III is a native of North Brentwood, Maryland in Prince George’s County. As an undergraduate, Thornton studied philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his B.A. in 2015. Thornton went on to attend the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2019.
During law school, Thornton served as an associate editor for the Maryland Law Review. He also served as a junior editor for The Authority, a national publication focusing on affordable housing issues published through the Housing and Development Law Institute. As a student attorney in the Small Business & Community Equity Development Clinic, Thornton counseled corporations, LLCs, and community-based groups on corporate governance and structuring, contract drafting and review, entity formation, and various compliance considerations. He was invited to and participated in a second semester in the clinical program, supervising a group of student attorneys while maintaining his own client work.
Following law school, Thornton was admitted to the Maryland Bar and went on to clerk for the Honorable Alexander Wright, Jr. on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Thornton previously interned with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and worked as a law clerk for the criminal defense firm of Jezic & Moyse, LLC.
Outside of the office, Thornton enjoys exploring local bike trails, playing basketball, traveling, and visiting his family in Columbia, South Carolina.