If you are facing Criminal Charges, it is important to protect yourself by working with a knowledgeable and an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A criminal conviction can result in jail time, force you to pay restitution and give you a criminal record that may follow you for the rest of your life. I have been protecting the interest of the criminally accused for over 20 years in the Pierce, King and Thurston County areas.
I have represented clients at every level of crime in my over 20 years of experience; from misdemeanors to Aggravated Murder (death penalty) cases. I have represented clients in both State and Federal charges as well as charges originating in municipal court. No case is too small or too big when your liberty and life are at stake. I take my job of protecting your rights very seriously. I take pride in working hard and being thoroughly prepared for your case.
It seems like I have always wanted to be a lawyer. I beelive it started when my mother and I together read the book “To Kill A Mockingbird”, I aspired to be a lawyer like “Atticus Finch.” As a child it amazed me that adults could be accused and convicted of crimes they did not commit. Now as a lawyer I have witnessed such travesties and I am committed to never let it happen to one of my clients. For as long as I can remember I had an affinity for the underdog and under protected.
For the past 20 plus years, I have focused my practice on representing persons accused of crime. I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association and am an active member in several professional associations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington Death Penalty Assistance Center, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and I serve as an Advisory Board Member to the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel. I am also a Board Member for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Licensed since 1990
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I endorse this lawyer. I have known Phil Thornton for over 15 years and he has represented the co-defendant in one murder case that I have tried. He has also been the lead counsel for some of the most notorious criminal cases in Pierce County. Unquestionably he is one of the best criminal lawyers in Pierce County, if not the State of Washington. The test I use when judging another attorney's skills is would I call that lawyer to represent one of my family members if they were in trouble. Philip Thornton is the first person I would call.
Leslie Tolzin Violent Crime Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. I have known Philip for over 15 years. I am always amazed at the results he gets for his clients and the respect that he gets from opposing counsel and the court. He is a great lawyer. I would happily recommend Philip to anyone needing a top notch criminal defense lawyer.
Michael Clark Criminal Defense Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Liberty Bell Award||Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||2008|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Philip E. Thornton||1997 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Margullis, Luedtke & Ray||1990 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Board of Directors||2012 - Present|
|Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel||Board of Directors||2002 - 2013|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||1996 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1991 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||1991 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Patron Member||1991 - Present|
|Creighton University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|Northern Arizona University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|
|What Now? Looming Issues in Serious Felony Cases - Spring CLE Conference||Exploring Gang Evidence||2013|
|Annual Year End Potpourri CLE||Discovery Motions - Criminal Law Update||2013|
|Quarterly Conference for Young Lawyers||Sole Practice in Today's World||2012|
|Lunch Time CLE||DNA 101||2004|
|Annual Meeting||IRS and Attorney Fees||2002|