Prof. Thomas J. Horton

Thomas Horton

Title: Professor of Law, Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow
Company: University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law
Location: Vermillion, South Dakota, United States

Prof. Thomas J. Horton, Professor of Law and Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in antitrust law and litigation.

Mr. Horton is a celebrated antitrust attorney, professor of law, and the current Heidelprem Trial Advocacy Fellow at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, a distinction he has held since 2015. He began teaching at the University of South Dakota in 2009, accepting an assistant professor position after stepping down as a senior trial attorney for the antitrust division of the United States Department of Justice, where he had practiced since 1997. Mr. Horton’s career in law began as a student at Harvard University. Though he completed a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences with honors in 1977, he recognized that his talents were better suited to a career in law, and was accepted to Case Western Reserve University, which awarded him a Juris Doctor in 1981. While still in law school, Mr. Horton was a summer law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission, a career-defining role that introduced him to antitrust and consumer protection law.

Mr. Horton began his career as a staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in 1984 and went on to build a reputation as one of the top consumer protection attorneys of his generation as a partner at Howrey & Simon, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and Thelen Reid & Priest. As a part of his commitment to remaining at the forefront of his discipline, Mr. Horton continued his education at Georgetown University in the early 2000s, graduating in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in American studies. He considers his move into academia and becoming the namesake of the Thomas J. Horton USD Knudson School of Law Advocates of Excellence Award to be the highlights of a storied career, and continues to be an in-demand advisor, speaker, and contributor in his field. Mr. Horton has held a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating for more than 25 years, is a three-time winner of the John Wesley Outstanding Faculty Award, and was presented with the 2013 Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching. He remains a member of the advisory board of The Capitol Forum, the American Antitrust Institute Board, and the Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law.

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