John W. Thornton has been defending those accused of crime in Santa Cruz for over twenty years. Upon graduation from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1990, Mr. Thornton was hired as an attorney at at the biggest criminal defense firm in Santa Cruz County. Prior to graduation, Mr. Thornton had worked as both a defense investigator and law clerk for the same firm, Biggam, Christensen, and Minsloff. While there, Mr. Thornton handled thousands of cases, from citations for trespassing to accusations of murder.
In 1997, Mr. Thornton started his own firm, located in the Sash Mill complex in downtown Santa Cruz. He is a member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Santa Cruz County Criminal Defense Bar, and the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. Mr. Thornton is a past president of the Santa Cruz County Criminal Defense Bar. Mr. Thornton's practice is limited to criminal defense in Santa Cruz County.
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I endorse this lawyer. I have know JT since I was a law clerk in Santa Cruz Public Defender's Office and he was one of the Attorneys. He has ALWAYS been a dedicated intelligent, hard working and amazing attorney. Not only is he a great attorney he is a wonderful person as well. The best you could get in Santa Cruz!
Vicki Jensen DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
John is a fierce advocate for his clients. John truly cares about the people he is representing. John keeps up with current case law and legislation and is highly respected. I would, without any hesitation, recommend John to anyone withy a DUI or other criminal law case.
Lynn Gorelick DUI & DWI Attorney
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|Attorney||Law Office of John W. Thornton||1997 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender||Biggam, Christensen, & Minsloff||1990 - 1997|
|Law Clerk||Biggam, Christensen, & Minsloff||1988 - 1990|
|Investigator||Biggam, Christensen, & Minsloff||1986 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Santa Cruz County Criminal Defense Bar Association||Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|Santa Cruz County Criminal Defense Bar Association||Past President||1997 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Attorney Member||1997 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||1997 - Present|
|Santa Cruz County Bar Association||Attorney Member||1997 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||1997 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Attorney Member||1990 - Present|
|Santa Cruz County Criminal Defense Bar||Board Member||N/A|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of California - Santa Cruz||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Public Defenders Office||All Things DUI/DMV||2015|
|Continuing Legal Education||License Consequences of DUI Arrests and Convictions||2013|
|Santa Cruz County Bar Association MCLE Roundup||Ethics in Criminal Law||2002|