Thornton Law Firm LLP has a tradition of excellence when it comes to representing victims, whether it be a construction worker injured on the job or a pension fund losing assets to fraud. Our clients are individuals and organizations that have suffered physical, financial, and emotional harm because of another’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Progressive Massachusetts complex litigation and personal injury law firm
Thornton Law Firm was founded in 1978 by Michael Thornton doing groundbreaking work for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Now the leading injury law firm in Massachusetts and the largest plaintiff law firm in New England, the firm has 20 attorneys representing thousands of clients in a wide variety of plaintiff-side work.
Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or at 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in personal injury litigation.
A nationwide reputation for excellence in plaintiff personal injury litigation
Experience in complex litigation over the last four decades has led to the firm’s involvement in cases of local and national importance and recognition as one of the exceptional Massachusetts personal injury law firms. Our work on behalf of the injured has included representing:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in its lawsuit against the tobacco industry, which settled for $8 billion in 1998
More than 20,000 victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, including serving as plaintiffs’ asbestos liaison counsel in Massachusetts
Children suffering from severe birth defects related to the use of chemicals in the workplace
Victims of catastrophic injuries, including severe physical and brain injuries, bringing claims for personal injury, products liability, and workers compensation
Those harmed by pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, including DePuy hip implants, pain pumps, breast implants, transvaginal mesh, Dalkon Shield, Vioxx, and many others
Consumers, workers, and taxpayers through the firm’s class action, wage and hour, and fraud and False Claims Act practices
Hundreds of children and families affected by lead poisoning, and representing the State of Rhode Island in its fight against the lead paint industry
Serving clients in Massachusetts and across the country with distinction
The Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at Thornton Law Firm serve individual clients and also consult with institutional clients, national labor organizations, state governments, municipalities and other law firms.
The firm’s attorneys are supported by a highly qualified and dedicated staff of about 70 legal assistants, administrators, and support personnel. In addition, we employ a public health specialist with a background in epidemiology to research and assess the correlation between disease and exposure to toxic substances occurring in our cases.
Knowledge backed by experience
A further key to the firm’s success is the long-term relationships our attorneys have formed with many highly respected medical and scientific experts, including occupational health physicians, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and industrial hygienists who work with us in the investigation and prosecution of our cases.
To serve clients in other geographical areas, we are affiliated with prestigious firms across the country. In addition, Thornton Law Firm has strategic alliances with other prominent public health law firms who have also received national recognition for their work in asbestos-related litigation, birth defects, and other complex personal injury cases.
Trust one of the leading Massachusetts injury law firms to help
Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or at 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in personal injury litigation. You have nothing to risk. We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case.
Michael P. Thornton is founder and chairman 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.
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.
1975, New Hampshire
1975, U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
1979, U.S. District Court, District of Maine
1984, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1975
Dartmouth College, A.B., 1972
Massachusetts Bar Association
American Bar Association
The American Association for Justice
Attorney General Litigation
Benzene, Toxic Substance, and Occupational Disease Claims
Birth Defects Linked to Chemicals
Childhood Lead Poisoning
Construction and Jobsite Accidents
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Claims
Pharmaceutical Drug and Medical Device Litigation
Product Liability and Personal Injury
Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation
Wage and Hour