Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Tax Court has announced that Judge Michael B. Thornton has been elected as Chief Judge. He will serve a 2-year term beginning June 1, 2012, succeding Chief Judge John O. Colvin.
Judge Thornton received a B.S. degree in Accounting and an M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Tennessee, and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. Judge Thornton was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1982.
Judge Thornton was appointed by President Clinton as a Judge of the United States Tax Court on March 8, 1998, for a term ending March 7, 2013.
Judge Thornton served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles Clark, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and practiced law as an Associate Attorney with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, and with Miller and Chevalier. Judge Thornton also served as Tax Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Treasury Department.