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Hillary Thornton is an Associate Attorney at DSK Law’s Tampa office. She was born and raised in Cross City, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2015. She also received a Minor in Public Leadership and Certificates in International Relations and Public Affairs during her time at the University of Florida.

Hillary received her Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law in 2019. While in law school, Hillary received the book award for Client Interviewing and Counseling, served on the board for the Student Bar Association for all three years, was an active member of the Florida State University College of Law’s Trial Team, was a student member of the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court, was a Student Ambassador, and served on two journals, Business Review and the Journal for Land Use and Environmental Science. She also clerked at The Florida Bar, Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism for her final two years of law school. Additionally, Hillary joined DSK Law as its summer law clerk in Orlando in 2018, and continued to clerk for the firm throughout the remainder of law school. After passing the Bar exam, Hillary began full-time employment in the firm’s Tampa office in 2019.

Outside of the firm, Hillary has served on the planning board for the Florida Miracle Dance Marathon, held in Orlando, Florida, since its inception in 2016. In her spare time, Hillary enjoys travelling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and dog, Novo.

Hillary is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts.

Bar Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Fraud Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Contract Law
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Provisional Class of the Junior League of Tampa

Published Articles

  • “Mentoring Matters: A Tale of Two Melanies” Winter 2018, The Professional, Newsletter, The Florida Bar
  • “Meet Our [Law] Suits” Winter 2018, The Professional, Newsletter, The Florida Bar
  • “Meet Our [Law] Suits” Spring 2018, The Professional, Newsletter, The Florida Bar
  • “Meet Our [Law] Suits” Summer 2018, The Professional, Newsletter, The Florida Bar
  • “Meet Our [Law] Suits” Fall 2018, The Professional, Newsletter, The Florida Bar
  • “Meet Our [Law] Suits” Winter 2018, The Professional, Newsletter, The Florida Bar
  • “The Art of Living Appropriately: Reflections on Professionalism from Justice Lewis” Winter 2018, The Professional, Newsletter, The Florida Bar

Education

Florida State University College of Law

  • Juris Doctor – 2019

University of Florida

  • Bachelor of Science Political Science, cum laude – 2015
    • Minor: Public Leadership
    • Certificates: International Relations, Public Affairs
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