Timothy Wilton, Esq.Consulting Counsel
Timothy Wilton is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer with over 40 years of practice in both civil and criminal cases. He has handled cases at every level of the state and federal trial and appellate court system in Massachusetts and in the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a tenured Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he is the Director of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration and teaches courses in litigation and trial practice.
Professor Wilton began his career as a trial lawyer while still a student at Harvard Law School, representing criminal defendants and incarcerated psychiatric patients with the Harvard Voluntary Defenders. At the same time, he worked part time for Norman Zalkind, a well known Boston trial lawyer, and Harvey Silverglate, a prominent civil liberties advocate, representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, federal civil rights and civil liberties litigation, and criminal defense.
Following law school, Professor Wilton continued to represent individuals and groups in trial and appellate litigation. In 1972, he was recruited by the Roxbury Defenders Committee to represent criminal defendants charged with life imprisonment felonies and thereafter was appointed to be the Director of Law Reform Litigation for the Prisoners Rights Project in Boston. In these roles, Professor Wilton tried dozens of cases in the Superior Court in Massachusetts and litigated numerous Constitutional issues in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and in the federal trial and appellate courts.
Professor Wilton began his teaching career at Harvard Law School, while studying for his advanced legal studies (LL.M.) degree. There he was awarded a two year Teaching Fellowship and taught several classes in litigation and trial practice. From there, Professor Wilton continued his teaching career, first at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and, since 1984, at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Professor Wilton has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Evidence, Public Interest Litigation, Constitutional Law, and Trial Advocacy. He designed and is the Director of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration program at Suffolk University Law School, and he heads up Suffolk Law’s National Trial Team, which is ranked as one of the top ten law school trial advocacy training programs in the nation.
Professor Wilton has continued to practice law over the course of his teaching career. He has represented numerous major manufacturers and insurance companies, as well as injured individuals and groups in many kinds of high stakes civil cases, both as counsel for plaintiffs and for defendants. He has also been called upon to develop and participate in programs to train practicing lawyers in advanced techniques of trial and appellate litigation.
Professor Wilton was the first Executive Director of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, which provides Board Certification for experienced lawyers in the fields of Civil or Criminal Trial Advocacy. He served as Chair of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee on Certification of Lawyer Specialization and was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization. He was Vice-Chair of the Committee on Products, General Liability and Consumer Law of the Section of Tort and Insurance Practice of the American Bar Association, Chair of the Litigation Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and has served on the Judicial Administration Section Council, and the Juror Communications Task Force, and Co-Chaired the Amicus Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice), the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Women’s Bar Association.
Professor Wilton attended preparatory school as a scholarship student at The Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut where he grew up. He moved to Boston to attend Harvard College on full scholarship, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968. He attended Harvard Law School thereafter, earning his law degree cum laude in 1971 and an advanced law degree in 1977, making him a “triple Crimson.” Professor Wilton has published numerous book chapters and articles on litigation topics in law reviews and practice journals.