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Courtney C. Thornton
Vice President, Partner Relations & Business Diversity/Hudson Group

Courtney C.  Thornton,  Esquire,  is the  Vice  President  of  Partner  Relations  & Business  Diversity  for  the  Hudson  Group.    She  is  responsible  for  managing  diversity  and business  partner  relationships  across  the  country  for  the  largest  duty-paid  travel  retailer  in North  America. Prior  to  joining  Hudson,  she  served  as  In  House  Legal  Counsel  and  Deputy Director  of  Legal  Affairs  to  the  Louis  Armstrong  New  Orleans  International  Airport  for  sixteen years.

She previously served as Special Counsel to the law firm of Adams and Reese, L.L.P. specializing in Governmental Relations.  Earlier in her career, Thornton defended insurance claims at the law firm Chopin, Wagar, Cole, Richard, Reboul & Kutcher and completed a two year Judicial Clerkship in Civil District Court.

Thornton’s professional affiliations include   the   Louisiana   State   Bar   Association,   Airports   Council International, American Association of Airport Executives, and Airport Minority Advisory Council, where she recently served as the 2015 National Conference Chair in Fort Lauderdale.

A graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with  a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Thornton also holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law. She  is  a  graduate  of  the  New  Orleans  Regional  Leadership  Council  and  a  member  of  The  Links Incorporated,  New  Orleans  Chapter.