Jim Thornton was born, raised, and educated in LaGrange. He graduated from LaGrange High School and LaGrange College and then attended Emory Law School in Atlanta. After law school, Jim returned to LaGrange, where he has been practicing law for twenty years.
Jim is married to Corinne Thornton, who works for the State of Georgia. Most of Jim’s family still lives in LaGrange, including his mother Dodie Patterson, who is the Church Secretary at LaGrange First United Methodist Church, and his sister Jane Upchurch and her husband Joel and daughter Avery. Corinne’s parents David and Maureen Blencoe and her brother Stuart also live in LaGrange. Jim’s father Frank Thornton is deceased, but he was a long-time practicing attorney here.
In his law practice, Jim’s main area of work is real estate closings, helping families purchase their home. He also helps clients with wills and estate planning and small business formation.