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Mitchell B. Thornton

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Mitchell represents people and businesses suffering economic losses resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and he is involved in product liability cases with a focus on allegedly defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals.  

He began his experience with Motley Rice in 2004 as an intern, compiling factual causation foreseeability data for the firm’s landmark 9/11 litigation. During law school, he joined the firm as a law clerk, broadening his experience through cases involving product liability, misappropriation of human remains, pharmaceutical injuries, insurance recovery, premise damages, consumer protection, and other incidents of negligence. 

Mitchell has performed extensive legal research in a comprehensive range of litigation. He has been involved in a variety of cases related to negligence, corporate misconduct and defective products, including cases involving Advair®/Serevent®, Avandia®, Digitek®, Paxil®, NuvaRing®, and Zicam®, as well as those representing women alleging harm by pelvic mesh products.  

At the Charleston School of Law, Mitchell received the CALI Award for Products Liability and aided local residents in the school’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The USC Moore School of Business recognized Mitchell as an “Emerging Leader,” where he served as Vice President of the Gamma Iota Sigma Insurance Fraternity.

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Education

  • J.D., Charleston School of Law, 2009
  • B.S. magna cum laude, University of South Carolina, 2005

Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Charleston County Bar Association

Licensed In

  • Kentucky
  • South Carolina

Casework

BP Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, BP’s oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 workers and spilling close to 5 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill caused untold and ongoing damage to the Gulf Coast residents and environment.

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