The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Thornton Law Firm Attorneys

Thornton Law Firm LLP, the respected Boston, Massachusetts plaintiffs’ injury law firm, is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America awards list for 2021.

Best Lawyers employs a peer-review methodology when determining their award recipients. This practice is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading attorneys regarding their colleagues’ professional abilities within geographic regions and practice areas.

This year’s honorees for the 2021 Best Lawyers Awards are:

We would also like to congratulate Leslie-Anne Taylor on being named to the 2021 ‘Ones to Watch Category’. This award is given to attorneys who are early on in their careers for professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

Finally, we would like to congratulate our Chairman & Founder, Michael Thornton, on receiving a 2021 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ award. This honor is given to lawyers with the highest peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each of these categories.

Thornton Law Firm has been at the forefront of serious and complex plaintiff’s personal injury litigation for four decades. Thornton Law Firm was founded in 1978. It is a leading law firm in Massachusetts, with attorneys representing thousands of clients in a wide variety of plaintiff-side work. Noteworthy cases include the firm’s representation of children born with catastrophic birth defects from parental exposure in occupations such as semiconductor manufacturing and agriculture, in some of the first birth defect cases of their kind to be brought anywhere in the country.  

Thornton Law Firm provides legal services to clients around the country from our offices in Boston and Beverly Hills. If you need help with a legal claim, contact Thornton Law Firm online or call 1-888-491-9726 to speak with an experienced attorney for a free assessment of your legal case. All legal claims are subject to short time limits for filing, so call today for a no-obligation consultation.

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Thornton Law Firm Announces New Joint Birth Defects Website

Thornton Law Firm LLP is proud to be a member of a law firm alliance that has launched a joint website providing resources for birth defect victims as well as information on how toxic exposure causes birth defects. The other law firms are Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP; Waters & Kraus, LLP; and Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman, LLP.

The website includes profiles of the team of attorneys in the alliance who have over 40 years combined experience in birth defects litigation in cases involving semiconductor and electronics manufacturing, pesticides, and energy production.  The Thornton Law Firm attorneys are David Strouss, Brad Mitchell, Evan Hoffman, Christian Uehlein, and David Bricker.  We are very excited to launch this joint website and to continue to use our collective resources and expertise in representing birth defect victims.   

Note that the website is attorney advertising and that the information presented on the website should not be construed as the formation of a lawyer/client relationship or as legal advice.

Thornton Law Firm is a nationwide leader in groundbreaking litigation representing children born with catastrophic birth defects from the toxic exposures of their parents. We fight for the parents of children who were exposed to glycol ethers in semiconductor “clean rooms,” pesticides in agriculture, and a variety of chemicals used in manufacturing. Since 2013, Thornton Law Firm has obtained settlements in excess of 250 million dollars in cases involving pregnant women and men in the environment or the workplace who were exposed to ethylene glycol ethers, coal ash, pesticides, and other hazardous substances and subsequently had children born with catastrophic birth defects. If you believe exposure to toxic chemicals at your workplace may have resulted in your child’s birth defect, call Attorney Brad Mitchell or David Strouss at 888-491-9726 or tell us your story here.

Boeing Birth Defect From Chemical Exposure Cases Remanded

            Thornton Law Firm is co-counsel on three cases involving birth defects from parental chemical exposure at work that have been remanded to state court by the U.S. District Court for the District of Washington. This follows the remand of a fourth case on June 2, 2020.  The four lawsuits, filed in King County Washington Superior Court, allege the birth defects were caused by the parents’ exposure to chemicals while working at The Boeing Company.  The Complaints also named Newco, Incorporated, a Washington company, as a Defendant alleging Newco supplied Boeing with chemicals to which the parents were exposed.

             The Complaints allege that the exposed parents worked at Boeing manufacturing facilities in Washington in jobs including mechanic, assembly, and printed circuit board manufacturing; and that the specific chemicals and products to which the parents were exposed include paints, primers, strippers, lead-based sealants, solvents, ethylene glycol ethers, chromate, methylene chloride and trichloroethylene (TCE).

               Boeing filed motions to remove the lawsuits to federal court claiming that Newco was fraudulently joined. Following this action, the plaintiffs moved to remand and the court found that valid claims existed against Newco and that Newco was not fraudulently joined to defeat diversity.

              Thornton Law Firm is a nationwide leader in groundbreaking litigation representing children born with catastrophic birth defects from the toxic exposures of their parents. We fight for the parents of children who were exposed to glycol ethers in semiconductor “clean rooms,” pesticides in agriculture, and a variety of chemicals used in manufacturing. Since 2014, Thornton Law Firm has obtained settlements in excess of $100 million in cases involving pregnant women in the environment or the workplace who were exposed to ethylene glycol ethers, coal ash, pesticides, and other hazardous substances and subsequently had children born with catastrophic birth defects. If you believe exposure to toxic chemicals at your workplace may have resulted in your child’s birth defect, call Attorney Brad Mitchell or David Strouss at 888-491-9726 or tell us your story here.

Hawaii families suing Monsanto over children’s birth defects

Thornton Law Firm Files Hawaii Lawsuit Against Monsanto for Pregnant Mothers’ Exposures to Pesticides Resulting in Birth Defects

Thornton Law Firm, together with co-counsel Waters Kraus & Paul, Galiher DeRobertis and Waxman, and Phillips & Paolicelli, filed a first of its kind lawsuit against Monsanto in Hawaii state court on October 24, 2019. The case is filed on behalf of two families whose babies were born with severe birth defects as the result of exposure to toxic pesticides and herbicides used in fields in the town of Kihei, Maui. 

The families both live in the same neighborhood downwind and within a few hundred yards of Monsanto’s large genetically engineered (GE) seed facility in Kihei. In order to test the GE seeds resistance to pesticides, Monsanto sprayed a series of toxic pesticides known as Restricted Use Pesticides on these fields. Toxic pesticides and herbicides were used on those fields for decades. The complaint alleges that the prevailing, constant Maui winds caused those pesticides to drift into the neighboring community of Kihei — where the mothers of the two plaintiffs were exposed to them while pregnant.

Hawaii and pesticides

Hawaii is the epicenter for the growing of genetically-modified seeds – known as GMOs, genetically modified organisms – and the testing of the pesticides used on those seeds. Monsanto grows GMO seeds, and then grows test crops planted using those seeds. Because of its year-round moderate climate, Hawaii hosts more experimental genetically engineered (GE) crop field tests than anywhere else in the United States.  As a result, Hawaiians are at risk for exposure to pesticides in the communities where they live, work, and play.

The injuries suffered by the children are severe.  One of the children was born with her throat detached from her esophagus, which required her to undergo multiple surgeries as an infant. That condition requires her to utilize a tracheostomy tube to this day. The other child suffers from severe kidney issues that have required various surgeries and resulted in a severe form of ADHD. Birth defects such as these and others have been closely linked to the exposure of pregnant mothers to toxic pesticides.

The lawsuit also includes claims against Alexander & Baldwin, a landowner that grew sugarcane near the plaintiffs’ neighborhoods. Growing sugarcane also involved using toxic pesticides that drifted into the neighboring community.

For additional coverage, please visit the links below:

Suit blames birth defects in Maui community on Monsanto chemicals

Lawsuit claims Monsanto caused birth defects in Maui neighborhood

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Thornton Law Firm is a nationwide leader in groundbreaking litigation representing children born with catastrophic birth defects from the toxic exposures of their parents. The parents of these children were exposed to glycol ethers in semiconductor “clean rooms,” pesticides in agriculture, and a variety of chemicals used in manufacturing. Since 2014, Thornton Law Firm has obtained settlements in excess of $100 million in cases involving pregnant women in the environment or the workplace who were exposed to ethylene glycol ethers, coal ash, pesticides, and other hazardous substances and subsequently had children born with catastrophic birth defects. Partners David C. Strouss and Evan R. Hoffman are leading the effort in Hawaii to hold Monsanto and others accountable for the harm caused by pregnant mothers’ exposures to harmful pesticides.

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