Adam Thornton*** joined the Georgia Eminent Domain Law Firm in 2023. While his path to becoming an attorney was untraditional, every turn strengthened his resolve to be an advocate for others.
“I will provide a forthright assessment of the matter, set specific expectations, communicate often, and work diligently to seek great outcomes.”
Adam’s drive and resourcefulness surfaced early when at age 16, he pursued a scholarship opportunity and enlisted with the Navy. He served as an Information and Intelligence Specialist in various theatres of operation throughout the world for eight years. The Navy taught him the discipline and managerial and team-building skills that he draws on when helping clients.
The Navy also instilled in him an appreciation for loyalty and an understanding of how his actions impact others. He knows that the decisions made in his cases can profoundly impact clients’ lives, so he sets expectations early, communicates often, and strives for innovative solutions.
Adam spent his early childhood in Pennsylvania and his middle school years in Atlanta. His Navy career took him to far away locations, such as the Arctic Circle, Africa, the Middle East, and Israel. When he returned to the States, it was back home to Georgia, where he enrolled at the University of Georgia to study political science and pre-law.
Always open to opportunity, Adam decided to delay graduation when he was offered the position of Executive Director of Information Technology at the Haggai Institute, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for leaders in non-Western countries. Utilizing his Navy training and experience, Adam was responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining all aspects of the information technology network and related software for the Institute.
“Find great mentors willing to share their thoughts.”
The next curve in his career path came when Adam met his future mentor and employer, Wayne Phears, who was a partner at a law firm located in the same building as the Haggai Institute. Wayne asked Adam to assist with a technology issue at the firm, and the experience ignited Adam’s interest in law and civil procedure. Adam spent the next five years working as a litigation support specialist with the firm, providing litigation support to its attorneys, paralegals, and support staff in complex litigation cases. Wayne recognized Adam’s interest and passion for law and encouraged him to apply to law school.
Adam acted on this advice, accepted a scholarship at American University, and moved to D.C. to complete his undergraduate education. While there, Adam was selected as the University’s Truman Scholar, a scholarship created by Congress to support aspiring public service leaders. He then enrolled at Charlotte School of Law, where he distinguished himself as a member of the Order of the Crown (a scholastic leadership society), as Editor-in-Chief of the Real Property Law Journal, and as a recipient of a CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) Excellence for the Future Award.
Adam founded a complex litigation and real estate law firm in 2016 where he helped both clients and law firms with legal processes like e-discovery management and document review, as well as with trial technology support and trial management software. He’s shared his knowledge of e-discovery in CLE classes for other attorneys and as an expert litigation witness.
Prior to joining the Georgia Eminent Domain Law Firm, Adam led a team of 35+ attorneys in a multi-state transactional real estate closing practice at a large Atlanta firm. Always results-oriented, he conducted over 1,500 transactions with a less than 4% error rate and set a single month closing record for purchase and residential closings with a less than 1% error rate.1
Adam currently resides near Alpharetta, Georgia with his family. He and his wife have enjoyed supporting their sons’ successes in the marching arts and watching them learn leadership skills while nurturing their musical talents. When not travelling to marching arts competitions, Adam and his wife like to give back locally. While his wife, a 3rd grade teacher, tutors children who have fallen behind due to COVID, Adam likes to spend his time off work offering at-cost estate planning solutions to school teachers in Forsyth County.
*** indicates licensure in GA