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Thor D. McLaughlin

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Thor McLaughlin is Senior Counsel in Allen Matkins' Litigation and Creditors' Rights practice groups. Thor's practice focuses on commercial, real estate, and financial services litigation. He has broad litigation experience, including with business tort, contract, consumer and commercial finance, employment, technology, and real estate litigation. Thor has extensive experience representing national lenders and servicers in complex consumer finance litigation. Thor has argued before the California Court of Appeal and federal and state courts throughout California.

Thor also has experience representing creditors in all phases of chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases and court-appointed receivers in California state courts.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Thor practiced at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Peitzman Weg LLP (now part of Robins Kaplan LLP).

Community Activities

  • Thor was lead pro bono counsel on a multi-year unlawful detainer case representing an elderly, terminally ill woman, which resulted in a complete dismissal of the lawsuit and allowed the client to remain in her home for the remainder of her life.
  • Thor spearheaded the San Francisco office's pro bono asylum law program in connection with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.
  • Thor was previously an avid volunteer attorney for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights' Homeless Rights Project (now ended) and was sole trial counsel for multiple small bench trials on behalf of homeless individuals that had been charged with quality-of-life crimes in San Francisco.


  •  Selected for inclusion in Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers (2017)
 Rated by Super Lawyers


Thor received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 2008. During law school, he served as Articles Editor for the Boston University Review of Banking and Financial Law. Thor published his note, “Eyes Wide Shut: Exchange Traded Funds, Index Arbitrage and the Need for Change,” in the Review. Thor was recognized as an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar from 2007 to 2008. He earned his B.S., summa cum laude, in business finance from the University of San Francisco in 2005 where he graduated as the valedictorian of the McLaren College of Business.

Bar Admissions

  • California