Thomas S. "Tommy" Thornton III

Thomas S. "Tommy" Thornton III

Carr Allison

Recognized since 2016

Birmingham, Alabama

Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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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.


  • 100 Vestavia Parkway
    Birmingham, AL 35216

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, Alabama State Bar


  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA) - Member
  • Birmingham Bar Assocation - Member
  • Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition - Member
  • USLAW Network - Director

Carr Allison
Birmingham, Alabama

29 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers


  • AV-rated Martindale-Hubbell

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