Jonathon Byington

Professor of Law


Personal Summary

Professor Byington teaches commercial law classes, including Bankruptcy, Business Transactions, Real Estate Transactions, and Secured Transactions (UCC Article 9). In 2013, the Montana Legislative Council appointed Professor Byington to serve as a Commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission (formerly known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws).

Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Byington was a partner with the law firm of Racine Olson, where his practice focused on secured financing and a variety of commercial transactions.  He successfully negotiated and closed numerous multi-million dollar deals. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout of the Idaho Supreme Court. Professor Byington has been admitted to the Montana State Bar, the Idaho State Bar, and the Utah State Bar. 


Professor Byington obtained Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance and Economics from Utah State University and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree at the University of Idaho College of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude.


  • Debtor Malice, 79 Ohio St. L.J. 1023 (2018)

  • The Fresh Start Canon, 69 Fla. L. Rev. 115 (2017)

  • Fiduciary Capacity and the Bankruptcy Discharge, 24 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 1 (Winter 2016)

  • The Challenges of the New Defalcation Standard, 88 Am. Bankr. L.J. 3 (2014) (peer reviewed)

  • Serving a Summons by First Class Mail: Why Bankruptcy Rule 7004(b)(1) Violates Due Process, 90 N.C. L. Rev. Addendum 1 (2011)