John Thorpe

Attorney

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Before becoming a lawyer, John taught high-school Latin, economics, and humanities at a local charter school, where he cultivated a passion for the precise, effective use of language and for applying complex ideas to real-world problems. John brings the same passions to his practice as a litigator and appellate lawyer.

John graduated magna cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he served as Articles Editor on the Arizona State Law Journal, co-founded a student organization dedicated to the study of state government, and helped organize and host a Federalist Society Student Symposium. John also honed his research and writing skills during law school by serving as a research assistant in Criminal Law and Administrative Law, and by interning at the Arizona Solicitor General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Arizona Supreme Court.

After law school, John clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, where he became intimately familiar with the mechanics of the judicial process. He has also worked at a large Phoenix-based law firm, where he focused on appeals, complex litigation, class actions, and Indian law.

John grew up in the East Valley. He loves gardening, cooking, and exploring the Arizona outdoors with his wife and three children.

Education

  • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ (J.D. 2018, magna cum laude)
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (B.S. 2011, Economics)

Clerkships

  • Bridget S. Bade, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Carolyn B. McHugh, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Publications:

  • A Case for Circumscribed Judicial Evaluation in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 33 Geo. J. L. Ethics 229 (2020) (co-authored with Grant H. Frazier)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Christian Legal Society (Board Member)
  • Federalist Society (Phoenix Lawyers Chapter)

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