Cristo Rey Internship Program

By Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Published on February 25, 2019

Thornton Law Firm is a proud corporate sponsor of the Cristo Rey High School Work-Study Program. Loren, a junior at Cristo Rey in Boston, is in her second year interning with us. Legal Assistant Mary Collins, a long-term Thornton Law Firm employee, trains, works with, and mentors Loren closely.

“Loren is an excellent intern. She is always eager to learn new skills and do whatever is necessary to get the job done. Her positive attitude and hard work have impressed us all.” – Mary Collins

Loren learned of the Cristo Rey program from Mr. Martinez. He came to her school, the Timilty, to do an informational session on Cristo Rey. She was particularly impressed with the work-study program so she could get work experience and help pay for school.

Loren lives with her parents and her two younger twin brothers. A setter on the Cristo Rey volleyball team, Loren plays both JV and varsity. She says she is the shortest player on the team! Her excellent study habits and grades have resulted in her being nominated for membership in the National Honor Society.

Her most interesting experience at Thornton Law Firm has been going into the Suffolk County court house to watch Thornton Law firm asbestos trials. This year she watched a doctor testify about the plaintiff’s diagnosis of mesothelioma caused by asbestos.

Loren is interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or law enforcement. Her dream school is Harvard but she is also thinking about Penn State and Holy Cross.

From our experience working with Loren, we have no doubt that she will succeed wherever she goes to college. We thank Loren for all her hard work on behalf of our clients!

To learn more about the Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study program, you can visit their website.

All Wrapped Up

If you would like to help Heading Home, Inc. fulfill their mission of ending homelessness in greater Boston, make a donation here.

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Published on December 22, 2016


For over 25 years, every December the employees of Thornton Law Firm LLP purchase and wrap hundreds of presents for families and children living in transitional housing provided by Heading Home, a fantastic charity aiming to end homelessness in greater Boston.

Families with children remain the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.  There are an estimated 4,100 homeless families Massachusetts alone, including 839+ families who are living in motels.

Heading Home serves nearly 1,600 homeless people in Greater Boston annually. Their clients are both individuals and families spanning all ages, from infancy (and even pre-natal care) to elderly. A typical homeless family consists of a single mother in her 20s with 1-3 children; the majority of their family program participants are young single mothers. People with disabilities are disproportionately homeless; they also provides specific services for individuals with disabilities both directly and via partnerships with housing development corporations. Heading Home also provides its clients with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.

We are grateful to our Sandi Goodwin who does yeoman’s work in coordinating, shopping, wrapping, organizing, and transporting the shelter gifts to Heading Home. Many hands make light work, and many employees work on this annual project. We are very appreciative of their generosity and holiday spirit.

Read more about Heading Home’s work and the progress they are making to end homelessness here.

Read more about volunteer opportunities with Heading Home here.

L to R Kevin O’Sullivan, Max Romanow, Mary Collins, Pamella Saco, James (from Heading Home), Sandi Goodwin, Nolan (from Heading Home), Joan Silvio, Bill Warren, Leslie-Anne Taylor, Erin O’Reilly, William Nunes

Michael Thornton Named Boston’s 2016 Class Action Lawyer of the Year


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.


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