As Of Counsel, Thornton brings 26 years of experience
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) today announced that James Thornton has joined the firm in an Of Counsel position based in its Raleigh office. With 26 years of experience, Thornton has extensive litigation experience in many areas—including products liability and mass torts, complex commercial litigation and Section 1983 litigation for municipalities.
Thornton brings experience in complex litigation across a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, consumer products, health care, trucking and transportation, waste management, public utilities, public accounting firms and municipalities. He has also served as local or regional counsel in product liability and mass tort litigation, including class action and multidistrict proceedings.
“We are very happy to welcome James to the Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog family,” said Dan Hartzog, managing partner of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP. “James is a respected and accomplished litigator who has a wealth of experience in a wide-range of litigation matters. We look forward to his contributions to the Cranfill Sumner team.”
Prior to joining Cranfill Sumner, Thornton worked at law firms in the Raleigh area. He is recognized by American Lawyer magazine as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts Law and maintains an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.
Thornton is an active member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA), Defense Research Institute, and the North Carolina Bar Association. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Artspace, as well as the Wake County Bar Association Board of Directors.