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

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Published on April 4, 2018

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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 21 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.

Settlement: Child’s Birth Defects Caused By Semiconductor Chemicals

By David C. Strouss, Esq.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

birth_defects-1Thornton Law Firm and co-counsel recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of a child with serious birth defects whose mother was exposed to toxic substances during pregnancy while working in the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry. The settlement was reached just before trial was scheduled to begin in California state court.

The plaintiffs brought the action in 2010, alleging that the mother’s exposures to chemicals at work caused her son’s profound injuries, which will require around the clock care for the rest of his life. The boy’s injuries include a chromosomal translocation (an exchange of genetic material between chromosomes) which caused severe and intractable developmental delays. He also suffers from heterotopias, a congenital brain malformation which causes severe seizures. The mother worked as a clean room supervisor at the Defendant’s manufacturing facility in Silicon Valley, California. The mother’s work at the Silicon Valley plant resulted in exposure during her pregnancy to photoresists (light-sensitive materials) containing ethylene glycol ethers, isopropanol, acetone, fluorides and other toxic substances used in the manufacture of semiconductor chips. Silicon Valley has been a center of semiconductor chip manufacturing in the United States for several decades.

The plaintiffs’ chief medical causation expert witness was prepared to offer opinions at trial that the mom’s occupational exposures during the pregnancy caused her son’s birth defects. Plaintiffs’ industrial hygiene expert had also assessed the mother’s work exposure to the toxic chemicals.

Thornton Law Firm partner David C. Strouss was the lead attorney handling this case. The firm, and co-counsel, also currently have a significant number of similar cases pending in California, Delaware, Illinois, and other jurisdictions. These cases are also on behalf of children born with birth defects whose parents were exposed to toxic substances while working in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

If your child has suffered a birth defect that you believe may be the result of your exposure to toxins in your workplace, please contact experienced Boston birth defect attorney David Strouss at Thornton Law Firm for a free consultation by calling 888-341-1405 or tell us your story here. Many workplace chemicals, such as glycol ethers and other solvents, have been linked to serious birth defects.  The team at Thornton Law Firm has significant experience in assessing all workplace exposures related to birth defects.The consultation is free and confidential. All legal claims have short time limits; do not delay seeking legal advice.

THORNTON LAW FIRM: 40 Years Of Service


By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Posted on January 22, 2013

Over the course of four decades of representation of plaintiffs, Thornton Law Firm has grown into the largest plaintiff-only law firm in New England. Always at the leading edge of litigation, Thornton Law Firm has a proven track record of unswerving dedication to clients and an intense focus on working our hardest for you.

We have successfully represented plaintiffs in all manner of cases: personal injury, asbestos and mesothelioma, products liability, toxic torts, birth defects, pharmaceutical and medical devices, workers’ compensation, wage and hour, and false claims act whistleblower cases. Each case, each claim, presents a different story for us to tell on behalf of our clients. After forty years, this wonderful technology exists so that we can share our own stories with you. The Thornton Law Firm blog is dedicated to sharing the latest firm news, legal stories, and items of interest to our clients and followers. With this, our first post, we would like to invite you to read, comment, and share our future posts. As always, if you have any questions about your legal rights, contact Thornton Law Firm for a free consultation by calling 888-491-9726 or tell us your story using our online contact form.

Future blog posts will include:

  • The latest mesothelioma and asbestos litigation news;
  • Developments in our semiconductor manufacturing / birth defect cases;
  • The potential environmental effects resulting from fracking in Pennsylvania and Colorado;
  • What you should know about DePuy and other hip implants;
  • The status of the New England Compounding Company cases;

If there are subjects that interest you in these blogs, or if you have an idea for a future Thornton Law Firm blog post, please feel free to contact us and share your thoughts.

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