IMP Leadership Council

In 2004, the IMP Leadership Council was founded, comprising a number of law firms with an interest in funding research and specific programs to help patients and families who face a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Thornton Law Firm, LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, and Motley Rice, LLC, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, are founding members and have been generously supporting the IMP for almost a decade. The Ferraro Law Firm, Miami, Florida, also has provided much-needed funding. This generous assistance helps support the three pillars of the IMP: state-of-the art treatment, research, and comprehensive support services. The newest council member is the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, New York, New York, which is supporting the travel assistance program for mesothelioma patients and their families.

The Thornton House, which opened in 2008 thanks to a very generous gift of the Thornton Law Firm, provides inexpensive accommodations for patients and their caregivers while a family member is undergoing surgery or treatment. This “home away from home” has helped many families who travel from across the United States or from the far corners of the world.

Motley Rice has been a significant supporter of IMP’s research initiatives, improving understanding of the factors that lead to malignant pleural mesothelioma and helping translate research findings into better diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment for this disease.

Michael ThorntonThere has always been a lot of satisfaction representing mesothelioma clients. We can, as a law firm, get them through litigation. But it was great for the morale of our lawyers, paralegals, and investigators to see that there was hope, medically, for the first time. If you get involved in funding a program like the IMP, it makes you feel really good.

– Michael Thornton, managing partner and co-founder of Thornton Law Firm, LLP

Joe RiceFor many years, our attorneys have litigated mesothelioma cases filed by families that have suffered the effects of asbestos exposure and have seen the physical and emotional pain this debilitating disease causes. We wanted to invest in a comprehensive mesothelioma program that explores better treatment options, pioneers research, and provides a broad range of support services.

– Joseph F. Rice, co-founder and managing member of Motley Rice LLC