Joseph Thornton – Council Bluffs Personal Injury Lawyer

Joseph Thornton

Smith Peterson Law Firm

(712) 328-1833

(712) 328-8320

133 West Broadway
Council Bluffs , IA 51503

Joseph Thornton

Smith Peterson Law Firm

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Firm Summary

Joseph D. Thornton is licensed to practice law before Iowa and Nebraska state courts. Mr. Thornton’s serves his clients in a diverse range of legal matters, including insurance disputes, workers’ compensation, municipal law, and general negligence. He also works extensively in health care law counseling and representing health care providers in wrongful death suits, HIPAA, corporate compliance, and more. As a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Thornton brings his background in accounting to provide a solid foundation for his practice.

While not in the office, Mr. Thornton spends time with his family, plays golf, and cheers on the Iowa Hawkeyes. He also gives back to community by serving on the board of New Visions, a homeless shelter in Council Bluffs, and supporting Children’s Square.

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

Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, President, 1992 – 1993
  • Iowa State Bar Foundation, President, Board of Director, 2005 – 2007
  • 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, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Medical Liability and Health Law Section Member; Iowa State
  • Pottawattamie County and Southwest Iowa Bar Associations
  • 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