Joseph D. Thornton
Joseph D. Thornton was born in Portland, Maine. He is Jesuit educated, graduating from Cheverus Classical Preparatory School there in 1967 and then from Boston College with a B.A. in English and Philosophy in1971. He attended the University Of Maine School Of Law, has been a licensed private investigator in Maine since 1975 and in Massachusetts since 2005. He owned and operated Lawyers Investigating Service in Maine performing civil and criminal investigations for trial lawyers throughout New England until 1995. He also has been licensed and worked extensively in New Hampshire, North Carolina and Florida. Between 1999 and 2005 Joe was a staff investigator for the Federal Defender Office in the Philadelphia Capital Habeas Unit assigned to Pennsylvania capital cases. Joe has returned to the private sector and currently operates an agency in Portland. He is a former director of the National Association of Legal Investigators, is a Certified Legal Investigator, as well as a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator. He has active cases pending in several jurisdictions at both the trial and appellate level.