Jay Thornton has been litigating complex banking, employment and general commercial litigation matters for nearly 20 years. He has first chair jury and non-jury trial experience in the state and federal courts on behalf of large institutional clients.
Jay focuses on complex banking litigation; including class actions, disputes relating to general retail bank operations, wire and check processing claims, creditor rights, UCC Art. III and IV claims, Fair Credit Billing Act, real estate litigation, mortgage fraud and title insurance disputes, fraudulent transfer act litigation, and commercial loan enforcement, workouts and foreclosures. His complex commercial litigation experience includes contract disputes; deceptive and unfair trade practices claims, right of publicity actions; defamation, civil theft, fraud, civil RICO and all other business torts; IP litigation, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, and the defense of accessibility discrimination claims under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Jay also has significant experience in the prosecution and defense of civil trade secret theft and misappropriation claims, and the enforcement and defense of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants. Jay has handled many preliminary injunction proceedings relating to such matters in the state and federal courts, typically on an expedited basis.
Jay also has first chair jury trial experience representing management in labor and employment disputes. He has deep experience defending employers against race, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, religious, and disability discrimination, harassment/hostile work environment, and retaliation claims brought under Title VII and/or the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and federal and state "whistle-blower" statutes, and wage and hour claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act.