SpacerJudge Michael B. Thornton
Chambers Telephone Number: 202-521-0766

Judge. b. Mississippi. University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., in Accounting, summa cum laude, 1976; M.S., in Accounting, 1977; M.A., in English Literature, University of Tennessee, 1979; J.D., with distinction, Duke University School of Law, 1982; Order of the Coif, Duke Law Journal Editorial Board. Admitted to District of Columbia Bar, 1982. Served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles Clark, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1983-84. Practiced law as an Associate Attorney, Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, Washington, DC, 1982-83, and summer 1981; Miller and Chevalier, Chartered, Washington, DC, 1985-88. Served as Tax Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, 1988-94; Chief Minority Tax Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, January 1995; Attorney-Adviser, U.S. Treasury Department, February-April 1995; Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy, United States Treasury Department, April 1995-February 1998. Recipient of Treasury Secretary's Annual Award, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1997; Meritorious Service Award, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1998. Appointed by President Clinton as Judge, United States Tax Court, on March 8, 1998, for a term ending March 7, 2013. Served as Chief Judge from June 1, 2012, to March 7, 2013.  Reappointed by President Obama on August 7, 2013, for a term ending August 6, 2028, and served again as Chief Judge from August 7, 2013, until May 31, 2016.

Last updated: May 1, 2018