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Keith L. Thornton is SVP and Deputy General Counsel of the Employment Legal team. In this role he is responsible for all employment practices, benefits/reward review, executive compensation, ERISA, and Employment litigation.

Prior to working at SunTrust, Keith worked Bank of America where he served as a Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel on the Global Executive Compensation and Benefits team. In this role, he led a team of lawyers that provided legal support for Bank of America’s Employee Benefits Plans including ERISA claims and litigation. Keith also provided legal support to the Bank’s Executive Compensation team. Prior to joining Bank of America, he worked in a similar capacity at Wells Fargo for 8 years. Keith was also a Labor and Employment Associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., with an emphasis on employment litigation.

Keith served as the Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section and was as a member of Bank of America Legal department's Pro Bono Committee and the Diversity & Inclusion Business Council.

Keith was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 2000, and the North Carolina State Bar in 2001. Keith holds a JD from George Washington University Law School. Keith is married and the father of three.

Deputy General Counsel - Employment
SunTrust Bank
303 Peachtree Street NE, 9th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308

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Areas of Practice

Banking & Financial Services
Corporate Governance
ERISA/Employee Benefits
Executive Compensation
Health Care
Labor & Employment Law


Banking/Financial Institutions

Law School

The George Washington University Law School

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