Michael P. Thornton

Michael P. Thornton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Boston, MA

Thornton Law Firm LLP
 | One Lincoln Street, Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-720-1333
Fax: 617-720-2445
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Securities Litigation (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Environmental Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael Thornton is chairman and founder of Thornton Law Firm LLP. A nationally recognized expert on toxic tort litigation, Mr. Thornton graduated from Dartmouth College and Vanderbilt Law School. In the 1970's he successfully undertook the representation of a number of shipyard and construction workers who had developed asbestos-related diseases. Over the years, the firm has grown to become the largest firm in the Northeast representing victims of asbestos and other toxic materials.

The firm has brought justice to workers who contracted cancer and other health issues from exposure to chemicals, defective drugs, and defective products, and to children who have suffered brain damage from lead poisoning and birth defects from chemicals and pesticides to which their parents were exposed.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other states and local government have sought the firm's expertise to address damage from threats to the public health. Multi-million dollar recovery from tobacco companies resulted from the firm's work in these areas.

During the past decade, Mike has lead the firm to support many charitable causes; the most visible and important project involves cancer research. Mr. Thornton was approached by clinicians and researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital who were interested in studying mesothelioma, a then untreatable and invariably fatal form of asbestos related cancer. After making a multiyear commitment from his own firm, Mr. Thornton helped to recruit several other donors. The program, begun in 2002, has made groundbreaking strides in cancer research generally, and has helped to revolutionize the treatment of mesothelioma, leading to longer survival and better quality of life for victims of this disease.

Mr. Thornton also responded to a call to help establish a place for the families of mesothelioma victims to stay, as the financial impact of staying in hotels can be devastating. The Thornton House was opened in 2008 and houses up to nine families at a time.

Mr. Thornton is a member of the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine bars. He has published a number of articles on legal subjects and has lectured at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Yale Law School.

About Michael Thornton

Admitted: 1982, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://www.tenlaw.com/staff/michael-p-thornton/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recipient, American Association for Justice's Howard Twiggs Award. The Howard Twiggs Award recognizes an AAJ member of at least 10 years standing whose passion, civility, cordiality, and professionalism reflect the high standards set by Howard Twiggs; and whose courtroom advocacy and distinguished service to AAJ have brought honor to the trial bar and the legal profession. , Howard Twiggs Award, American Association for Justice, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Association for Justice, 2019

Educational Background:

  • Dartmouth College, 1972
Office Location for Michael P. Thornton

One Lincoln Street
Boston, MA 02111

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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