Grant T. Thornhill Of Counsel

     

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Grant Thornhill has spent his career representing a wide range of businesses, organizations, insurers and individuals in complex and diverse litigation. Thornhill has extensive experience litigating high-exposure cases involving traumatic brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death and survival actions. Thornhill currently represents Fortune 100 companies in personal injury cases involving transportation, logistics and premises liability.

Areas of Focus

Complex Tort & General Casualty
Thornhill has experience litigating complex and catastrophic claims involving uninsured motorists, automobile and trucking accidents, premises liability and other general liability claims.  

Transportation
Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Thornhill was of counsel at a regional Texas defense litigation firm, where he defended drivers and trucking companies in hundreds of cases throughout Texas. He has experience litigating transportation cases involving many different venues, judges and personal injury lawyers in Texas. Thornhill diligently represents his clients and emphasizes providing practical solutions to resolve cases as efficiently as possible.

Representative Matters

40th District Court, Ellis County, Texas. Obtained summary judgment for insurer after establishing that underinsured motorist policy did not provide coverage for the insured’s collision with a steel rod on the highway.

40th District Court, Ellis County, Texas. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit against car dealership that was sued for negligent entrustment of a vehicle to a motorist who disregarded a stop sign and struck the plaintiff. Prevailed on a Rule 91A Motion to Dismiss after proving that the vehicle was not owned or under the control of the car dealership at the time of the collision; was awarded attorney’s fees against plaintiff.

294th Judicial District, Van Zandt County, Texas. Obtained summary judgment for corporation where the plaintiff was severely burned by controlled brush fire on a lakeside property after proving that the corporation did not own or control the specific portion of property where the incident occurred at the time of the incident.

334th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas. Obtained summary judgment for high-profile individual in defamation case after establishing that the plaintiff failed to comply with the Defamation Mitigation Act and that the statements were regarding matters of public concern.

271st District Court, Wise County, Texas. Obtained summary judgment for a corporation after establishing it was not vicariously liable for CEO who was driving while intoxicated and was involved in motorcycle collision during an out-of-state trip. Plaintiff appealed and the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment.

158th Judicial District Court, Denton County, Texas. Obtained dismissal of wrongful death lawsuit against father who was sued by his ex-wife for negligent entrustment of a handgun that their teenage son used to commit suicide. Prevailed on a Rule 91A Motion to Dismiss on grounds of parental immunity from negligence claims by children and Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution, and was awarded attorney’s fees against plaintiff.

169th Judicial District Court, Bell County, Texas. Obtained summary judgment for insurance company after establishing lack of coverage for specific benefits under the insured’s automobile policy.

Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, Austin, Texas. As lead counsel, tried administrative bench-trial in Austin, Texas, and obtained dismissal of state agency’s charges against employee of child-care facility.