December 1, 2015 | Patricia M. Flannery Share: By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq. Published on December 1, 2015 Thornton Law Firm LLP is pleased to announce that Michael P. Thornton has been recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® as the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Class Actions/Plaintiffs in Boston. Nationally recognized as an expert on toxic tort litigation, Mr. Thornton founded Thornton Law Firm in 1978 to represent asbestos poisoned shipyard and construction workers and their family members who had developed mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. Over the years, the firm has grown to become the largest in New England representing people with cancer and other health problems caused by exposure to toxic materials. Thornton Law Firm has represented more than 20,000 workers and their families and has recovered more than nine billion dollars on behalf of its clients. The firm is proud to have represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the state’s ground-breaking litigation against the tobacco companies, resulting in a multi-billion dollar recovery for taxpayers. Michael Thornton and the team of attorneys he has assembled at Thornton Law Firm have also spearheaded significant class actions to recover damages from corporations engaged in corporate misrepresentation and fraud. The Firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars lost to financial fraud, representing large pension funds, individual whistleblowers, and others victimized by financial service companies and banks. Thornton Law Firm represents thousands of clients injured by hazardous and unsafe drugs and medical devices, including metal-on-metal hips manufactured by DePuy and Stryker; Invokana; Benicar; defective IVC filters; transvaginal mesh; Actos, and Zofran-related birth defects. The firm’s nationally preeminent birth defect litigation lawyers represent injured children in some of the first birth defect cases of their kind to be brought anywhere in the country. We have the resources and decades of experience necessary to help families devastated by unsafe medications, chemical exposures in the workplace, or toxic substances that contaminate the air or groundwater in their community. In addition to Mr. Thornton’s individual award, Thornton Law Firm LLP has been awarded a Tier 1 National ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for the fifth consecutive year. The firm also received a Tier 1 Boston ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action for the seventh straight year, and a Tier 1 Boston ranking for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for the sixth straight year. In addition, Michael Thornton and David McMorris were named to the 2015 Best Lawyers list. As well as his Lawyer of the Year for Class Actions / Plaintiffs, Michael Thornton was named to the Best Lawyers In America List for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs for the eleventh straight year. Partner David J. McMorris was named a Best Lawyer in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for the ninth consecutive year. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® is now regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys around the world are eligible to vote, and more than 12 million have voted to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. 6.7 million votes were analyzed for the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. No fee is required or allowed to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their integrity, abilities, and professionalism. Thornton Law Firm has been at the forefront of serious and complex plaintiff’s personal injury litigation for four decades. Though we litigate many class actions, the firm also continues its long history of representing individuals with personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, catastrophic injury, and worker’s compensation claims. Call 888-491-9726 or tell your story here for your free, confidential consultation with Thornton Law Firm, New England’s leading plaintiffs’ law firm.