John A. WaltonJohn A. Walton
Associate Professor of Law

B.S., Illinois State University
M.S., Illinois State University
J.D., Northwestern University



Phone: (815) 753-0120
Room: 194B


John Walton teaches business organizations, agency, sports and entertainment law, intellectual property and lawyering skills.  He recently returned to Northern Illinois University after holding visiting professorships at DePaul Law School and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  Before joining Northern's faculty, he was a litigation attorney in Denver, Colorado.  In addition to his litigation practice, he was Counsel to the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund, on the Boards of Directors for the Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Lawyers for the Arts, and was a visiting prosecutor for the Denver City Attorney.

Faculty News for Professor Walton

Recent Activities

  • Presented, Patents and Copyrights, Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, DeKalb, IL, September 28, 2014.
  • Featured, "Monitoring modern-day employee communications," Louise Brass, Chicago Daily Herald Business Ledger, February 2011. 
  • Elected to the Board of Trustees at Lake Forest Academy, June 2010.
  • Participating in the prosecution of a patent for a Universal Jack Stand before the U.S. Patent Office. 


  • Struck by the Falling Bullet: The Continuing Need for Definitive Standards in Media Coverage of Criminal Proceedings, 49 Clev. St. L. Rev. 407 (2001).
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  • From O.J. to Tim McVeigh and Beyond: The Supreme Court's Totality of Circumstances Test as Ringmaster in the Expanding Media Circus, 75 Denv. U. L. Rev. 549 (1998).
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  • Conflicts for Sports and Entertainment Attorneys: The Good News, the Bad News, and the Ugly Consequences, 5 Vill. Sports & Ent. L.J. 259 (1998).
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  • Lights, Camera, Consultation: Intermediation Redefined for the Entertainment Industry, 9 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 841 (1996).
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Areas of Expertise:

Agency, Business Organizations, Sports and Entertainment Law, Litigation and Trial Practice