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  1. Construction: 85%
    19 years
  2. Contracts: 15%
    19 years


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    I worked as co-counsel with Mr. Thornton on a large commericial construction defect case for the Encitinas Financial Center. Mr. Thorton was excellent in reaching a resolution to this matter which was in binding arbitration. He is a top notch attorney and I would be honered to work with him again! In addition, to the construction defect side of the litigation he showed amazing client relaionships, risk management and attention to detail.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Mary Ross Construction and development Attorney
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Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP

4747 Executive Drive
Suite 700
San Diego, CA, 92121


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2012
Top 10 Construction AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2012
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2011
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2010
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2009
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2008
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2007
Top 10 Construction AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMarks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wagner Construction Co. v. Pacific Mechanical Corp.California Supreme Court reversed Court of Appeal
San Diego Unified Port District v. Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc.The Fourt District Court of Appeal held that the firm's client could not be forced to pay for destructive testing requested by others.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - San DiegoEconomicsBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A