Timothy M. Thornton, Jr.


Gray•Duffy, LLP

21700 Oxnard Street,
Suite 1950
Woodland Hills, CA 91367






[email protected]




  • Loyola Law School (JD, 1982) Stanford University (BA, 1976)
Timothy M. Thornton, Jr.
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Timothy M. Thornton, Jr.


Timothy M. Thornton, Jr. is a partner in the Encino office of Gray•Duffy, LLP. With more than 25 years’ experience, Mr. Thornton provides legal counsel on insurance-related matters, such as construction defects, employment matters, mass torts, toxic torts and exposures, and environmental contamination. He also handles matters in insurance coverage of intellectual property, entertainment claims, cyber liability, and sexual abuse claims against religious and other entities.

Recognized by the legal community for his expertise and successes, Mr. Thornton has been named on the list of Southern California Super Lawyers since 2012; Best Lawyers in America© since 2011; as well as “AV” rated by his peers by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), the preeminent association representing the interests of insurers and policyholders in disputes arising out of insurance policies.

Mr. Thornton obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1982 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1976.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow – American College of Coverage Counsel
  • Book Publishing Board Standing Committee – ABA TIPS
  • Member, ABA TIPS The Brief Editorial Board Standing Committee
  • Member, Conference Standing Committee – ABA TIPS
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Vice-Chair to the Self-Insurers and Risk Managers General Committee – ABA TIPS
  • Vice-Chair Appointment to the Excess Surplus Lines and Reinsurance General Committee – ABA TIPS
  • Chair-Elect; Technology Vice-Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation General Committee – ABA TIPS
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (The CLM)
  • Chair – ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation General Committee, 2020-21
  • California State Bar
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Other Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of the State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits

Recognition and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America© 2011-Present
  • Southern California Super Lawyers 2012-Present
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Articles and Publications

  • “Legalized Marijuana and Insurance Law”
    Published by: American Bar Association TIPS ICLC Committee Newsletter
    Spring 2017

  • Co-Editor, Reasonable Expectations: Interpretign Insurance Policies in Common Law Jurisdictions
    American Bar Association, 2016

  • “Allocation of Indemnity in Advertising Injury Intellectual Property Cases”
    Published by: The Brief, Volume 42, Number 4
    Summer 2013

  • “Additional Insurance Procurement Issues”
    Published by: ABA TIPS Staff Counsel CommitteeNewsletter
    Fall 2012

  • “The Duty to Give Notice to Excess Insurers”
    Published by: The Brief, Volume 41, Number 2
    Winter 2012

  • “Patent Litigation and Advertising Injury Coverage”
    Published by: Risk & Insurance
    November 2011

  • “Indemnity Ambiguity”
    Published by: Law360 Insurance and Securities

  • “Is Liability Coverage for Negligent Hiring and Supervision No More?”
    Published by: Daily Journal
    August 2010

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Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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