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James C. Thornton - Raleigh, NC

5420 Wade Park Boulevard#300 Raleigh, NC 27607

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Raleigh Business Disputes & Litigation Lawyer


James Thornton has extensive trial experience in North Carolina state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings. He has represented a variety of clients, including accounting firms, insurance companies, trucking companies, waste hauling companies, manufacturing companies, health care facilities, public utilities and municipalities.

While at the University of Kentucky, Mr. Thornton was the Associate Editor of the Kentucky Law Review.

About James C. Thornton

Practice Areas

  • Business Disputes & Litigation
  • Municipalities & Public Entities
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Trucking & Commercial Transportation


  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Of Counsel


Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Wake County Bar Association, 2007 - 2008 (Board of Directors)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (Member)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Member)
  • Artspace, 2010 - 2011 (Board of Directors)


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, 1989
    Law Review: Kentucky Law Review, Associate Editor
  • University of Kentucky, Kentucky, 1986
    Honors: With Highest Distinction



  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Recognized by American Lawyer magazine as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts Law


Office Information


5420 Wade Park Boulevard#300 Raleigh, NC 27607

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Public Duty Doctrine — Alive and Well in North Carolina
  • Sovereign Immunity defense — not so fast!

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