Thornton’s client made an offer in good faith to purchase development land for $15 million. As it turned out and unknown to the buyer, the seller lacked marketable title to the property. Despite the buyer’s reasonable request for return of the deposit, the seller refused to return it even though he was the one who was unable to perform the purchase and sale agreement. The seller unwisely chose to litigate the case. Applying skills honed over decades of litigation, in a true “Perry Mason moment” Thornton pressed the seller on the witness stand and the seller admitted that he lied in a key declaration. When Thornton asked him why he had lied, he stated that his lawyer had instructed him to lie. Not surprisingly, the case settled the next day for a de minimis payment.