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June 02, 2021 Profile

Editorial Board Member: Jonathan Walton

Jonathan Walton has been affiliated with The Brief editorial board for three years. He also serves on the TortSource editorial board. “I enjoy these committees because of my passion for legal writing,” explains Jonathan. “One of my fondest memories of law school was serving as a teaching assistant to a 1L legal writing class and, in particular, working one-on-one with students in formulating their legal arguments or understanding new legal concepts.”

Jonathan is also involved in the planning of the ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) Midyear Meeting, and he has participated in the program for several years. “My most fulfilling experience with TIPS was the Leadership Academy,” he says. “The programming was fantastic, and I find myself thinking about certain speakers when working through issues in my practice. But most importantly, I formed close connections with a diverse group of attorneys practicing across the country.”

Jonathan’s practice focuses on insurance counseling and coverage litigation. He advises insurers on a wide variety of claims and policies, with a particular focus on directors and officers liability and professional liability policies. “Insurance coverage work is great because it always presents new and interesting factual scenarios and complex problems to solve,” says Jonathan. “I enjoy the process of working with clients to find solutions to these complex issues.”

For several years, Jonathan has been providing pro bono asylum work. This involves working with people who have fled their home country because they were unfairly targeted by their government and who seek to obtain asylum in the United States.

Jonathan obtained a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following undergrad, he spent two years working for a labor union of low-wage health-care workers. Then, at the urging of his grandfather, a retired Illinois appellate court judge, Jonathan went to law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law. “I didn’t know what to expect but very quickly learned that I was meant to practice law,” he recalls. “I enjoyed reading the cases and talking about the legal issues.”

Jonathan lives with his wife and two children, a one-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. When he is not playing with his children, he plays music in a band or records music in a makeshift studio in his basement. He may be reached at [email protected].

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