Douglas V. Thornton
Mr. Thornton has handled both eminent domain actions and inverse condemnation matters, among other types of actions and matters, for two decades. In condemnation matters, he has defended persons against the City of Fresno, County of Fresno, County of Tulare, City of Visalia, County of Merced, City of Modesto, CalTrans, and the High Speed Rail Authority. The persons he has represented has included farmers, business owners, real estate developers, and homeowners.
Mr. Thornton's firm is also one of only four law firms in the State of California that challenged the High Speed Rail Authority from its inception in a CEQA action brought by farmers and business owners in the Counties of Madera and Fresno.
Mr. Thornton grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and was raised primarily in Visalia, California. From 1984 to 1988 he attended California State University, Fresno, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 1988. After college, he attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1991. During law school, he clerked with the Fresno law firm of Kimble, MacMichael & Upton and also worked for the General Counsels’ Office of Brigham Young University.
He returned to Fresno in 1991 and began his law career at the offices of Kimble, MacMichael & Upton where he worked as an associate for six years and as a partner for four years. In March of 2000, he joined the firm of Motschiedler, Michaelides & Wishon and became a partner in 2002. In March of 2009, Mr. Thornton moved his practice to the law firm of Perkins, Mann & Everett as a partner to lead the litigation department at that firm. He opened the firm Rummonds | Thornton, LLP, with James Rummonds. Mr. Thornton now works solely for his firm, Thornton Law Group, P.C.
Mr. Thornton’s areas of practice encompass all facets of real estate disputes and transactions, condemnation law and litigation, corporate litigation and business torts, and general litigation.
He is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association and the State Bar of California. He is also a graduate of Hastings College of Trial Advocacy at the University of California, San Francisco.
Mr. Thornton’s representative clients include: Russell G. Smith, Incorporated; Spencer Enterprises, Inc.; Horizon Enterprises; Gerawan Farming, Inc.; and numerous other clients.
Mr. Thornton is married and has six children and four grandchildren. His activities and hobbies include ocean kayaking, competitive volleyball, tennis, and military history.