Christmas in the City

Thornton Law Firm employees with gifts

From left to right – Dodie Rodrigues, Sandi Goodwin, Mary Collins, Carolyn Irving,
Kymm Smith and William Nunes.

Thornton Law Firm supported Christmas in the City this past holiday season.  Christmas in the City is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that provides sheltered and homeless children in Boston with toys and other gifts every year.

Working from a list of gift requests from Christmas in the City., Thornton Law Firm held a holiday toy drive in late November through mid-December.  Staff and lawyers at the firm purchased over 100 toys and gift cards for Christmas in the City.  The gifts were picked up by a kind volunteer from the charity on Friday, December 20th,  just in time for the 31st annual Christmas in the City party held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday, December 22nd

At the party itself, approximately 6,000 children and 1500 parents living in transitional housing entered a magical environment filled with rides, Mr. and Mrs. Santa, Blue Man Group, choirs, and other performers. Each child received a gift from their personal wish list, and were provided with lunch, dental visits, and haircuts. In total more than 13,000 children will receive toys, clothing, and other gifts.

If you wish to support Christmas in the City, which provides support to families experiencing homelessness and poverty throughout the year, please go to their website to donate or volunteer:

Christmas in the City

Thornton Law Firm Welcomes New Associate Madeline Korber

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Posted on February 12, 2019

Thornton Law Firm is pleased to welcome our newest associate, Madeline Korber. Madeline will represent mesothelioma and asbestos exposure victims, children born with birth defects from parental chemical exposures, securities class actions, and employees with worker’s compensation claims. She is admitted to the Massachusetts and Connecticut bars.

A Glastonbury, Connecticut native, Madeline is a graduate of the University of Rochester (NY). Her major was in public health with a minor in ethics. She was a varsity basketball player for four years, making three NCAA tournament appearances and one Division 3 Final Four. She returned to Connecticut to attend the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, graduating with her J.D. in 2016.

Madeline has always had an interest in health law. While in law school, she interned for private, state and federal agencies in the public health field. As an undergraduate, she had an internship in London at a residential psychiatric school and was a research assistant for a study on parenting. Before going to law school, she was a research assistant for an obesity prevention program at Harvard Pilgrim and the patient assistant at a chiropractic office.

Madeline comes to us from a position with the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Mansfield, CT, where she represented clients in Medicare proceedings. She also engaged in outreach and advocacy for people who might be Medicare eligible.

We are delighted to welcome Madeline Korber to Thornton Law Firm as part of our growing team dedicated to meeting our clients’ needs. Please give us a call at 888-491-9726 if we can assist you with your legal problem.


There’s No Place Like Home

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Published January 7, 2019

Every year for the holiday season Thornton Law Firm proudly supports the Heading Home nonprofit. Our staff and lawyers buy and wrap presents to the residents Heading Home serves in shelters, transitional, and permanent housing.

Heading Home has been a pioneer in ending homelessness in the greater Boston area for four decades.  They do more than provide shelter. They assist individuals and families in getting the many services that help them move forward in their lives in a positive way. Their work helps ensure that their clients will never again be homeless. From the Heading Home website:

Heading Home’s mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.

For eleven consecutive years, 90+% of the residents in our permanent housing programs have remained successfully housed a year later.

Heading Home needs our support throughout the calendar year. You can donate money here. They also have an Amazon wishlist that lets you purchase urgently needed supplies for their clients, like housewares, personal care products, diapers, and sheets and towels.

We thank our staff who throw themselves wholeheartedly into the Heading Home gift giving every year. This initiative is led by Legal Assistant Sandi Goodwin, who coordinates the shopping, wrapping, organizing, and transporting of shelter gifts to Heading Home. Many hands make light work, and we are grateful to all who participate.

Amazon Wishlist

Donate to Heading Home here.

Read more about volunteer opportunities with Heading Home here.

From all of us at Thornton Law Firm, we wish you a New Year filled with happiness, good health, and joy.

Heading Home gifts

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.

Thornton Law Firm Attorneys Named 2018 “Best Lawyers” In America

 Best Lawyers Award Badge

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Published on September 6, 2017

Thornton Law Firm LLP is proud to announce the selection of two of the firm’s attorneys to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list.

Michael P. Thornton was selected as a Best Lawyer for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs in Boston, MA. He has been named to Best Lawyers since 2006.

David J. McMorris was selected as a Best Lawyer for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Boston, MA. He has been named to Best Lawyers since 2008.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

If you need an experienced lawyer, contact Thornton Law Firm, LLP, online today or call (888) 491-9726 to schedule a free consultation.

You can view our profile on Best Lawyers here:  Thornton Law Firm LLP

Meet Cristo Rey HS Intern Pamella Saco

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Posted on February 19, 2016

Thornton Law Firm is proud to participate in Cristo Rey High School’s Corporate Work-Study Program. This year we have enjoyed working with and getting to know Pamella Saco, a 15-year old sophomore at Cristo Rey High School in Boston. Pamella has been supervised in her work by paralegal Nadine Solimine and legal assistant Mary Collins, both long-term Thornton Law Firm employees.

Nadine Solimine and Pamella Saco with Human Resources Manager Loretta Connolly
Nadine Solimine and Pamella Saco with Human Resources Manager Loretta Connolly

Pamella heard about Cristo Rey High School from a friend of her mother’s. She spent a day “shadowing” the school and loved it, especially the Corporate Work-Study program where students get real-world experience while earning money to fund their tuition. Pamella hopes to become a nurse. Her favorite subject is geometry even though it is difficult. During her time with our firm, Pamella has prepared legal forms, organized medical records and other client papers, and researched and investigated client and legal issues.

Nadine sings Pamella’s praises: “When I met Pamela for the first time and heard her speak so eloquently, I would never have guessed she is only a 15 year old sophomore in high school. She is extremely mature and eager to learn about the different practice areas of Thornton Law Firm and the various functions we perform on behalf of our clients. I am so impressed by Pamela’s willingness to accept each and every task with complete professionalism, building upon her skills every week that she spends at Thornton Law Firm.”

Pamella was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, and now lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with her mother and brother. Her mother Norma works in housekeeping at NewBridge On the Charles assisted living and also at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Pamella’s older brother Daniel works at Alden and Harlow in Cambridge.

Of her experience with Thornton Law Firm, Pamella says “I have learned a lot from my internship at Thornton Law Firm. I feel like every day I learn something new. Everyone here is so nice and treats me like another employee of the firm, not just a kid.”

We have no doubt that Pamela will be successful in whatever career path she chooses by the time she graduates Cristo Rey, giving her a strong foundation to begin her college years. Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of our clients!

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

Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race and Summer Celebration 2015

Thornton Law Firm team

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Tuesday June 30th was the ninth “Lawyers Have Heart” Road Race and Summer Celebration at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston.  The annual event benefits the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, raising money to build healthier lives free of heart disease and strokes. The Thornton Law Firm team, organized by associate attorney Leah McMorris, consisted of Leah, Brian Brazeau, Tony Childs, Abby Eshghi, Evan Hoffman, Lynn Hu, Quincy Kayton, and Leslie Taylor. This is our second time participating in this terrific event. Over 95 law firms and more than 1800 participants raised over $308,000 towards this year’s goal of $335,000.


Thornton Law Firm LLP Named “Best Law Firm” for 2015

By Patricia M. Flannery, Esq. 

Published on May 20, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, Thornton Law Firm has been awarded a Tier 1 National ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs  by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”. The firm also received a Tier 1 Boston ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action for the sixth straight year, and a Tier 1 Boston ranking for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for the fifth straight year. In addition, two Thornton Law Firm lawyers were named to the 2015 Best Lawyers list.

Michael P. Thornton and David J. McMorris have also been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Edition. Managing partner Michael P. Thornton was named to the Best Lawyers In America List for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs for the 10th straight year. Partner David J. McMorris was named a Best Lawyer in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for the eighth consecutive year.

Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession, is one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. Best Lawyers uses an extensive peer-review survey of leading attorneys on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.  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 and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Thornton Law Firm LLP is New England’s leading plaintiff’s law firm. Founded in 1978 by managing partner Michael P. Thornton, the firm specializes in cases of significant injury to individuals and consumers, litigated as individual or class actions in Massachusetts and around the country. On the cutting edge of plaintiff litigation, Thornton Law Firm handles technically difficult and scientifically complex cases. Active for 40 years litigating mesothelioma and asbestos cases, the firm has represented more than 20,000 workers and their families and has recovered more than nine billion dollars on behalf of its clients.

Thornton Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars lost to financial fraud, representing large pension funds, individual whistleblowers, and others fighting to recover monies lost to fraud committed by financial service companies and banks. The firm works relentlessly for its clients and makes corporations, insurance companies, and Wall Street pay for their misdeeds. Thornton Law Firm represents thousands of clients injured by hazardous and unsafe drugs and medical devices, including metal-on-metal hips manufactured by DePuy, Stryker, Biomet and Wright Conserve; transvaginal mesh, Actos, Mirena IUDs, and Zofran-caused birth defects. The firm’s birth defect litigation lawyers 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.

Thornton Law Firm has been at the forefront of serious and complex plaintiff’s personal injury litigation for four decades. Noteworthy cases include the firm’s representation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in its groundbreaking lawsuit against the tobacco industry that resulted in an $8 billion settlement, and representing injured children in some of the first birth defect cases of their kind to be brought anywhere in the country. The firm also continues its long history representing individuals with personal injury, products liability, catastrophic injury, and worker’s compensation claims. Call 1-888-491-9726 or tell your story here for your free, confidential consultation with Thornton Law Firm, New England’s leading plaintiffs’ law firm.

Thornton Law Firm Wins $2 Million Settlement For Construction Worker

By David J. McMorris, Esq.

Posted on March 29, 2013

Thornton Law Firm recently negotiated a 2 million dollar settlement for a 51 year-old client who was seriously injured in an 18 feet fall at a construction site in Massachusetts. The client suffered multiple fractures and nerve damage.

The general contractor and roofing contractor had cut a hole in the roof of the building, and covered it with an unmarked, unsecured sheet of plywood, in violation of OSHA safety regulations.

The case was filed at the Suffolk County Superior court, MA, and settled shortly before trial.

In addition to the settlement amount of $2,000,000, Thornton Law Firm was able to negotiate a waiver of a $300,000 workers’ compensation lien, so that our client would not have to reimburse the workers’ compensation insurer for his comp benefits. The client was represented by Thornton Law Firm lawyer David J. McMorris.

Thornton Law Firm attorneys have handled serious personal injury and products liability cases for our clients since 1978.

If you or a loved one has questions about your rights after an injury, call Thornton Law Firm to speak to an attorney experienced in handling serious personal injury cases. One of our lawyers will provide you with a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-888-491-9726 or tell us your story using our online contact form.

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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