Bridgette N. Thornton is an experienced attorney who focuses on complex litigation and appellate matters in commercial/business disputes and civil rights and personal injury actions.  Ms. Thornton also concentrates on regulatory compliance matters in the areas of local government/municipal law, including zoning/land use and code enforcement matters, and other business transactions.  Ms. Thornton clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke in the Southern District of Florida and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University. 

Prior Experience

Ms. Thornton served as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables, the second highest legal officer of the City.  As the Deputy City Attorney she advised the Board on a wide range of issues, drafted and reviewed all City contracts, litigated disputes on behalf of the City, and supervised the City's outside counsel.

Prior to working with the City of Coral Gables, Ms. Thornton served as an Assistant County Attorney for the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office. While at the County Attorney's Office, Ms. Thornton became the Chief of the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Section and the Appellate Section, and represented and advised several County departments, including the County Police Department and the County Corrections & Rehabilitation Department in federal civil rights cases, the Community Zoning & Appeals Boards, and the Unsafe Structures Board.

Ms. Thornton also litigated commercial, securities, and antitrust matters as an associate in Arnold & Porter, LLP’s Washington, D.C. Office.


Havard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (J.D. 2003)

Executive Editor, Black Letter Law Journal

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (B.A. 2000)

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke, Southern District of Florida

Professional Recognition

Top Government Attorney, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

Professional/ Community Involvement

Member, Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Statewide Strategic Planning & Development Committees

Bar Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
District of Columbia

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