Contact Details

133 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

(712) 328-1833

  • Litigation, Personal Injury
  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Corporate

Joseph D. Thornton

Partner | Attorney at Law

Admitted to bar: 1984, Iowa; 1990, Nebraska. Education: University of Iowa, B.B.A., 1982; J.D. with distinction, 1984. Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Thornton’s background in accounting provides a solid foundation for not only corporate and tax work, but also litigation. President, Young Lawyers’ Division, Iowa State Bar Association, 1992 – 1993. President: Iowa State Bar Foundation Board of Directors, 2005 – 2007; Iowa Trial Lawyers Association; Iowa Defense Counsel Association; Medical Liability and Health Law Section Member; Iowa State, Pottawattamie County and Southwest Iowa Bar Associations.

Tell me about your Family.
I have been blessed with 3 amazing children and 5 fantastic grandchildren. There is no greater joy than spending time with them and enjoying their smiling faces.
Where were you born and raised?
I was grew up in Eastern Iowa and have enjoyed living in Western Iowa for over 30 years. I am a life-long Hawkeye Fan and bleed Black and Gold!

Why did you choose the profession of lawyer?
I have always had a passion for civil community involvement and that combined with my passion for helping people made the choice of becoming a lawyer an easy one. I consider it a privilege to assist clients to address their needs and help solve their legal problems.
Personal hobbies and interests
I really enjoy the game of golf. It is a great way to relax, enjoy time with friends and clients, and also frustrate me at times as I strive to perfect my game every year! I love the Hawkeyes, so enjoying games and supporting the team is enjoyable to me and my family as well.

How are you involved in the community?
I make it a priority to be supportive of the community and find great satisfaction serving on the New Visions Board, a homeless shelter in Council Bluffs. I also support Children’s Square and its annual golf tournament. This event is fun and very rewarding to help Children’s Square.

Associations & Memberships

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, President, 1992 - 1993
  • Iowa State Bar Foundation, President, Board of Director, 2005 - 2007
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Pottawattamie County Association, Member
  • Southwest Iowa Bar Association, Member
  • New Vision Homeless Services
  • Children's Square USA - The Christian Home Association
  • Fellowship Church

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Services Corporation of Iowa, 1990 - Present
  • Lewis Central Education Foundation Board

Representative Clients

  • The Christian Home Association Children's Square - USA
  • Care Initiatives
  • Farm Bureau Insurance Company
  • Employers Mutual Ins.
  • Cameron Insurance Company
  • Integrity Insurance Company
  • City of Treynor
  • City of Cresent

Honors and Awards

Iowa State Bar Young Lawyer Division Award of Merit, 1996

Joined Firm


Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1984
  • Nebraska, 1990


University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
J.D. - 1984
Honors: With Distinction

University of Iowa
B.B.A. - 1982