James’ current practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis in commercial disputes, product liability and mass tort defense. He has significant experience in serious personal injury and wrongful death defense; defending municipalities and their law enforcement officers; and trucking and transportation defense.
He has been 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.
•Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
•Recognized by American Lawyer magazine as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts Law
Articles, Presentations, and Publications
•Public Duty Doctrine - Alive and Well in North Carolina
•Sovereign Immunity defense - not so fast!
Most Recent Posts
James Thornton Presents at NCADA Winter Workshop
James Thornton, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, spoke recently at the 2017 Winter Workshop of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys....
Supreme Court Broadens Protection of Qualified Immunity to Police Officers in Excessive Force Cases
42 U.S.C. 1983 Case Law Update: Mullenix v. Luna, 136 S. Ct 305 (2015) Police officers are too often...
US Supreme Court Makes it Easier to Bring Claims Against Police Officers
Last week, in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, the United States Supreme Court changed the law in the 4th Circuit, which includes...
NC Legislature Grapples with Release of Police Officer Videos
The North Carolina General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would give law enforcement agencies the authority to release video...
The Rest of the Story: Search for the Truth in Use of Force Cases
The late radio personality Paul Harvey had a famous show called “The Rest of the Story.” Harvey would bait his...
Thornton Joins Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
James Thornton has joined the Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP firm in an Of Counsel position based in its Raleigh office....
•Artspace, Board of Directors (2010-2011)
•Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2007-2008)
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