Charles Thronson is the senior active shareholder and senior litigator with 43 years of experience at Parsons Behle & Latimer. His practice centers around representing seriously injured or deceased individuals in birth injury, medical malpractice and defective products cases. He also routinely handles auto/semi truck collisions and whistleblower/corporate fraud cases.



Charles Thronson is the senior active shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer and head of the Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Division. He has over 40 years of experience and practices throughout the United States in the areas of medical malpractice (especially birth injury cases), whistleblower (Qui Tam), personal injury, sexual assualt and products liability cases. Mr. Thronson has been involved in a number of cases for personal injury and medical malpractice clients that have generated some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region.

Major verdicts include the largest personal injury/medical malpractice verdict in the state's history (2015 - $11,268,178) in a medical malpractice brain injury case.

He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College, a long-time member of the Utah Association for Justice (president, 2009-2010) and a frequent lecturer. He is listed in the Top 100 Lawyers in Utah, Mountain States Super Lawyers and he has been recognized since 1995 in The Best Lawyers in America (2012, 2016, 2024 Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year -- Medical Malpractice (Salt Lake City); 2019 Lawyer of the Year -- Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Salt Lake City)). He was named 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Best of the Best" and 2021 National Alliance of Attorneys - Attorney of the Year - Personal Injury.



Harvard University - Post Graduate (Fundamentals of Neuroscience, 2021)

Creighton University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1977)
(ranked 3rd in class of 172)

Editorial Staff, Creighton University Law Review

University of Washington (B.A., 1972)

Major: Business Administration

Athletics: Freshman and Varsity Crew

Adjunct Professor, Advanced Torts Practice, University of Utah, College of Law, 1999 - 2003

Adjunct Professor, Westminster College, 1986 - 1988


Listed in Best Lawyers in America (1995 - present) in Medical Malpractice, Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation

Selected as a 2020 Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law by Corporate Counsel & The American Lawyer Magazines

Selected to Association of American Trial Lawyers' (AOATL) Top 100 attorneys in Utah 

Selected in 2023 and 2015 as a member of the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Named ACQ Law Awards Utah Leading Lawyer of the Year, 2013 - 2020, U.S. Leading Lawyer of the Year, 2019 and 2020, Personal Injury

CV Magazine’s 2019 Corporate Excellence Awards, Most Influential Personal Injury Lawyer of 2019 - Utah

Named Best Lawyers' 2012, 2016 and 2024 Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year for Salt Lake City in Medical Malpractice Law

Named Best Lawyers' 2019 Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year for Salt Lake City in Personal Injury

Named Best Lawyers' 2020 "Best of the Best"

National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Attorney Award (Utah 2015)

Named 2021 National Alliance of Attorneys - Attorney of the Year - Personal Injury

Listed as one of the Top Lawyers Named by Their Peers, 2012

Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers

Listed in Top 100 Lawyers in Utah

Listed in Utah's Legal Elite

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating

Listed in "10 Best Attorneys," 2019 and 2021 for Utah, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys

Selected as a 2020 Top Rated Litigation Lawyer by ALM Media and Martindale-Hubbell

Selected to Lawyers of Distinction, 2021-2024

National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers in Utah, 2021-2024

Top Lawyers, 2022

Elite Lawyer, 2022, 2023

Named Gamechangers Global Awards Utah Leading Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury, 2021

Top Rated Litigator by The American Lawyer and the National Law Journal, 2022, 2023

2022 Elite Attorney - National Trial Lawyers

2022 Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyer - National Trial Lawyers

Recognized in Top Lawyers of Mountain States, 2023



Utah Association for Justice
Board of Governors
(2004 - present)
(2009 - 2010)

Alpha Sigma Nu National Academic Honor Society

National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Litigation Counsel of America
Founding Fellow

Utah State Bar
Bar Examiner
(1986 - 2009)

Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing,
Prelitigation Task Force
(1995 - 1997)

American Association for Justice

Salt Lake County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Judge Memorial High School
Board of Directors
(2007 - 2014)

Utah State Bar: Litigation Section


388th Fighter Squadron F-16 Viper, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Honorary Vice-Wing Commander






U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah


Creighton University School of Law