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John Thorne Biography


John Thorne is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Verizon and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center. He was counsel of record in Verizon v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko, LLP, 540 U.S. 398 (2004), and represented Verizon's predecessor in NYNEX v. Discon, 525 U.S. 128 (1998), both of which Verizon won, nine to zero. He represents the lead petitioner in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, No. 05-1126, which is pending in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Thorne is coauthor of the principal academic treatises on telecommunications law, FEDERAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW (Aspen 2d ed. 1999 & Supps. 2004-2007), FEDERAL BROADBAND LAW (Little Brown & Co. 1995), and FEDERAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW (Little Brown & Co. 1992). Recent antitrust articles include Twombly: Naked (Alleged) Conspiracy Doesn't Strip Unilateral Freedom of Action, 7 Engage 46 (Oct. 2006); A Categorical Rule Limiting Section 2 of the Sherman Act: Verizon v. Trinko, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 289 (2005); Discounted Bundling by Dominant Firms, 13 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 339 (2005). His remarks to the New York Bar Association on the 20th anniversary of the AT&T breakup were reprinted in Vital Speeches of the Day, May 15, 2004. His keynote address to the Madrid meeting of the International Bar Association, "Five Freedoms," was reprinted in Vital Speeches of the Day, June 1, 2005.

Mr. Thorne was a summa cum laude mathematics major at Kenyon College, graduated Order of the Coif and law review articles editor at Northwestern University Law School, and clerked for Chief Judge Walter Cummings of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Updated January 5, 2024