Thornton W. Morris

Thornton Morris grew up on his family farm in Northwest Georgia where he learned how to build and paint barns, herd cattle, operate heavy machinery, and that you have to work from sunup to sundown to grow something worthwhile.  He also saw first-hand the hard work and commitment necessary to be a good steward of the land and how to work with people from many different backgrounds.  Thornton applies the common sense knowledge he learned there to issues he and his clients face today. He raised his three children on the farm and hopes to keep it in the family for generations to come.

At the beginning of his law career over 50 years ago, Thornton had the opportunity to represent the families owning the land on Cumberland Island, GA. This relationship led him to an intimate understanding of the people and issues facing the Island at the time. He grew deeply connected to the land and community and became a resident of the Island in 1974.  He is proud to have helped the Island avoid the development that was happening all over the Georgia coast. As part of this, Thornton authored the legislation turning Cumberland Island into a National Seashore and shepherded this legislation through the Congressional process, resulting in its signature by President Nixon in 1972. Since that time, Thornton has been active in representing the owners of Cumberland Island in the transferring of properties from private to public use. In these efforts, Thornton has sought to find a reasonable balance between the preservation of America’s natural resources and a long-range strategy for the efficient use of her pristine areas.

Thornton has spent his career balancing his life between business, family and travel, and has spent particular time working on the protection of our country’s natural areas. He is on the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy and is the President and Founding Director of The Cumberland Island Conservancy, Inc. He speaks to members of the legal and accounting professions, as well as financial, business, and leadership groups. He has been interviewed or quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, BBC, BBC World, NPR, ABC, CBS, and NBC, and by the various regional and national wire services.

Thornton graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1965 and is the founding attorney at Morris Law Partners, LLC, in Atlanta, GA. He is also President of Cumberland Legacy, LLC, a multiple-family office through which he has developed an innovative approach to some of the unique issues that face individuals possessing inherited wealth.  He is dedicated to helping families in the challenges inherent in the generational transfer of wealth.

Thornton is a resident of Cumberland Island and Atlanta, Georgia.