Thomas S. Thornton, IIIShareholder


100 Vestavia Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35216


205-822-2057 (fax)

Professional Profile

Thomas S. Thornton, III is a shareholder with Carr Allison and a resident in the firm’s Birmingham, Alabama office.  He is a member of the Birmingham and Alabama State Bar Associations as well as various legal and industry specific organizations.

Tommy serves as chair of the firm’s Retail and Hospitality Practice Group.  He has focused his litigation practice on the defense of personal injury, premises liability, product liability, transportation, retaliatory discharge, general liability, as well as catastrophic workers’ compensation matters.  He represents regional and national retail, restaurant, hotel, and convenient store chains, as well as national transportation, nursing home and long term care clients, and various insurance and third party administrators.

Tommy also serves as National CMS Coordination Compliance Counsel for a number of his national business and insurance industry clients ensuring compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer and Section 111 Act.  These services range from guiding clients through an educational and risk analysis process in conjunction with the establishment of internal claim handling protocols.  He also provides support negotiating with local defense and plaintiff’s counsel on litigated matters pending nationally to responding to fines and penalties levied by Medicare.

Tommy has served as chair of the Retail Practice Group for the USLAW Network and was an original member of the Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition.  He provides frequent lectures for various clients, organizations and industry specific trade conferences on topics ranging from best practices and legal updates for defending personal injury claims to Medicare compliance and the defense of workers’ compensation claims.  Some of these organizations include regional and national RIMS, National Restaurant Association, Food Marketing Institute, American Hotel and Lodging Association, National Gas Claims and Litigation Association and SIIA.

Tommy holds an AV-rating from his peers through the Martindale-Hubbell peer review process and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© since 2016 in the area of workers’ compensation.

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BA, Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC)

JD, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (AL)


Alabama Defense Lawyers Association

Birmingham Bar Association

Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition

USLAW Network; Director; Past Chair of Retail Practice Group

USLAW Network James O’Hagan Award, 2010

The Best Lawyers In America, 2016-2018

News Updates About Thomas S. Thornton, III

Thornton to Present USLAW Webinar

Shareholder Thomas S. Thornton, III, of Carr Allison’s Birmingham, AL office will present a free webinar on Thursday, February 14th titled Developing and Implementing an Alternative and Strategic Approach to Medicare Compliance Within your Casualty Program.  The program will include a legal overview of Medicare compliance and illustrate the benefits […]

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Thornton Re-elected to USLAW Board of Directors

Shareholder Thomas S. Thornton, III of Carr Allison’s Birmingham, AL office has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the USLAW Network for the 2018-2020 term.  Tommy was also selected as a co-chair for the 2019 USLAW Retail and Hospitality Spring Conference and serves as an advisor […]

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24 Carr Allison Attorneys Recognized by Best

Carr Allison is excited to announce that 24 attorneys, across three states, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 for excellence in their respective practice areas.   In Alabama: · Birmingham office: o Brett Adair (Employment Law) o Russell Q. Allison (Insurance Law) o C. Steven Ball (Commercial […]

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Thornton to Co-Host Workers’ Comp Webinar

On Tuesday, October 16th Shareholder Thomas S. Thornton, III of Carr Allison’s Birmingham (AL) office will co-host a webinar titled “Closing the Challenging Workers’ Compensation Claim.”  Tommy will discuss protecting Medicare’s future interest by providing strategies to employ and pitfalls to avoid to assist in navigating the labyrinth which is Medicare compliance in workers’ compensation cases.  […]

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Thornton Elected to USLAW Network Board of Directors

Shareholder Thomas S. Thornton, III, resident in Carr Allison’s Birmingham (AL) office, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the USLAW Network  for the 2017-2018 term.  Tommy is a member of USLAW’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group and previously served as chair of the Retail Practice Group. […]

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 23 Carr Allison Attorneys

Carr Allison is excited to announce that 23 attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  2018 for their excellence in practice areas that include:  Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Construction Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, Labor and Employment, and Workers’ Compensation. Included from […]

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Thirteen Carr Allison Attorneys listed to Best Lawyers in America for 2017

Carr Allison is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys were recently listed to 2017 Best Lawyers in America for their excellence in Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Worker’s Compensation.  Included in our Birmingham office are:  Russell Q. Allison (Insurance Law),  Charles F. Carr (Personal Injury Litigation and […]

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