David C. Strouss Named Toxic Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Published on April 4, 2018

David Strouss

David C. Strouss

Thornton Law Firm LLP is pleased to announce that partner David C . Strouss is the recipient of Lawyer Monthly Magazine’s Lawyer of the Year Award for Environmental Litigation (Toxic) in the USA.

2017 Lawyer Monthly Lawyer of the Year Awards

Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2017 recognizes the achievements of law firms, lawyers, barristers and those connected to the legal world who have a proven track record in delivering results for their clients over the past twelve months. The awards are divided into individual and firm categories. Each category has been selected to represent the diversity of skills and knowledge that the profession has to offer clients across the globe.

David C. Strouss

David Strouss heads Thornton Law Firm’s birth defect litigation group. He has devoted the majority of his legal career to representing families of children born with catastrophic birth defects from toxic exposures. The parents of the children he represents were exposed to glycol ethers in semiconductor “clean rooms”, pesticides in agriculture, and a variety of chemicals used in manufacturing.

Mr. Strouss prosecuted and successfully resolved some of the country’s first cases involving birth defects caused by glycol ethers and other solvents in the semiconductor industry. His work as resulted in real change in the semiconductor industry, limiting worker exposures to reproductively toxic chemicals.

Since 2014 Mr. Strouss has obtained settlements in excess of $100 million in cases involving pregnant women in the workplace or  the environment  who were exposed to  ethylene glycol ethers, coal ash and other hazardous substances and had children born with catastrophic  birth defects. He currently represents over 150 plaintiffs with birth defects in the United States and South America due to parental occupational and environment exposures.

Mr. Strouss has also litigated cases involving cancer arising from exposure to benzene, solvents and other hazardous chemicals, environmental property damage cases and pharmaceutical drug and medical device cases including Fen-Phen and Vioxx.

Mr. Strouss has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1985. Mr. Strouss is an honors graduate of Brown University and a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, the American Association for Justice, and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Strouss was a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1995 through 1999 in the tobacco litigation, which resulted in a recovery of $8 billion dollars for the Commonwealth.

Thornton Law Firm LLP Profile

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. The firm has represented asbestos victims in New England for nearly 40 years and this commitment led Thornton Law Firm to aid in the creation of the Thornton House, which provides housing for mesothelioma and asbestos disease patients and families.

At Thornton Law Firm we believe that the law is, and should be, a powerful check on the pursuit of profit at the expense of individual citizens. We have long been at the cutting edge of litigation that has changed corporate behavior, or achieved compensation for its victims.  For four decades, we have fought the asbestos industry, the lead paint industry, the tobacco industry, manufacturers of dangerous chemicals, pesticide makers, big Pharma, big banks, and insurance giants because we are driven by a shared vision of what is right and hold ourselves and others to the highest standards.

Our team works to bring justice to those who have suffered because of another’s negligence or wrongdoing. Our clients include victims of crippling respiratory diseases , mesothelioma and other cancers, brain-damaged children, children with birth defects, users of new drugs with undisclosed side effects, pension funds, small businesses, and health plans.

For nearly 40 years, Thornton Law Firm has committed its talent, its time, and its financial resources to take on the largest, richest, and most aggressive corporations in the country when those corporations step outside the bounds of responsibility.  We seek and work with like-minded lawyers around the nation to successfully protect our clients, and are proud of the landmark work we have done.  Our partners and associates come to work each day wanting to do well, and seeking to do good.

David Bricker Now Of Counsel in Thornton Law Firm’s New California Office

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

David Bricker, Of Counsel, Thornton Law Firm LLP California Office
David Bricker, Esq.

Thornton Law Firm has strengthened its nationally-known toxic exposure and birth defects practice with the addition of trial lawyer David Bricker, who joins the firm as of counsel. He was previously a partner with the Los Angeles office of Waters & Kraus, where he chaired their Birth Injury practice.

The Firm is also pleased to announce the establishment of their new office, located at 9430 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 400, Beverly Hills, California; telephone number (310) 282-8676; facsimile (310) 388-5316. Mr. Bricker will manage Thornton Law Firm’s new California office.

“David Bricker is an accomplished attorney who will complement and expand our birth defects practice in California and across the country,” said Michael Thornton, founder and chair of Thornton Law Firm.  “A skilled litigator, he also has the ability and the relationships to grow the firm’s business. We’re happy to have David Bricker on board.”

Mr. Bricker brings with him more than 25 years of litigation experience, having successfully tried complex cases in both state and federal court. Mr. Bricker’s fields of expertise include toxic exposure and birth injury litigation, asbestos exposure litigation, products liability litigation, professional negligence litigation, railroad liability, elder and dependent adult abuse, general business litigation and bankruptcy litigation.

“I have always been impressed with David’s dedication to his clients and his reputation in the legal community,” said David Strouss, head of Thornton Law Firm’s toxic exposure and birth defects practice. “We have tried cases together as co-counsel and I look forward to working hand in hand with him as we represent our clients, children and families who have suffered life-altering birth defects through no fault of their own, in seeking justice and compensation for those injuries.”

“David has been working with us on some of our asbestos mesothelioma cases over the last few years, and I look forward to having him as a permanent member of our team,” said Andrew Wainwright, who manages the firm’s asbestos trial practice.

“David’s vast trial and litigation experience fortifies our ability to give our clients the highest level of representation in these complex and technical birth defect cases.” commented Garrett Bradley, Managing Partner of Thornton Law Firm. “The combination of David Bricker and David Strouss, who has litigated and tried birth defect cases for more than 30 years, is a real coup and solidifies our reputation as a national leader in this field.”

Mr. Bricker is admitted to practice law in the states of California, Illinois and Massachusetts. In addition, he is admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, the Southern District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Central District of California, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Massachusetts. He holds a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a B.A. in Political Science from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

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.  For four decades, Thornton Law Firm has fought the asbestos industry, the lead paint industry, the tobacco industry, manufacturers of dangerous chemicals, pesticide makers, big Pharma, big banks, and insurance giants. Thornton Law Firm was one of the first firms in the county to represent families of children born with birth defects caused by chemical exposures in the workplace, and has been instrumental in securing multimillion dollar recoveries for families with children who suffered serious birth defects from their parents’ exposure to chemicals and agricultural pesticides.

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