Friends and family of Attorney Tony Hornthal gathered in Manteo on Nov. 2 for a surprise announcement and plaque presentation of the L.P. Hornthal Jr. Justice Fund at the annual meeting of the First Judicial District Bar. Hornthal joined the District Bar in 1965 when he moved to Elizabeth City to practice law with LeRoy, Wells, Shaw, Hornthal and Riley, now Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland.
Hornthal has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his career, including service as the 102nd president of the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Foundation (1996-97). The Justice Fund will perpetually honor Hornthal’s service in the profession through the programs supported by the North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment.
“My family and partners completely took me by surprise. I am deeply appreciative of their generosity.”
Tony Hornthal, honoree
A Justice Fund honors North Carolina lawyers, past and present, whose careers have shown dedication to the pursuit of justice and outstanding service to the profession and the public.
North Carolina lawyers honored by the creators of a Justice Fund receive special recognition in the form of a permanent copper-etched plaque and biographical sketch maintained at the North Carolina Bar Center in Cary. A dedication ceremony is held to celebrate the occasion.
All Justice Fund gifts are added to the Foundation’s Endowment corpus to further its mission of uniting the talent and generosity of our profession to be a power of greater good for the people of North Carolina. The North Carolina Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions to the Endowment are tax deductible. The Endowment has awarded grants totaling more than $6 million for more than 750 outstanding projects. Grants include support of many legal service providers across the state and dozens of bar pro bono projects.
For more information about Justice Funds, contact Tom Hull, director of legacy gifts, at 919.677.0561 or [email protected].
Hornthal is also a past president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, which honored him in 2011 as the recipient of the J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence. He received the North Carolina State Bar’s John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award in 2012.
A native of Tarboro, Hornthal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1958) and the UNC School of Law (1963). He began his career as a clerk to N.C. Supreme Court Justice William B. Rodman Jr.
Hornthal then served in the N.C. Attorney General’s office, where he met, while arguing an appeal, Dewey Wells, who hired him to come to Elizabeth City. Wells, who is also a past president of the NCBA, provided remarks at the announcement of the new Justice Fund.
Hornthal is married to the former Harriett Lang of Kinston and they have two sons, L. Phillip Hornthal III, with whom he practices, and W. Lang Hornthal of Asheville, and seven grandchildren: LP, Will, Alex, Ellie, James, Ashe and Walker.
Hornthal served on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company from 1988-2012 and chaired its Claims Committee from 2006-12. He is also a former member of the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission, the N.C. IOLTA Board of Directors and the Commission on the Future of Justice and the Courts in North Carolina. He served as president of the UNC Law Alumni Association in 1991-92.
Hornthal has also provided exemplary volunteer leadership locally, serving as chair of the Pasquotank-Elizabeth City Governmental Study Commission, as Senior Warden of Christ Episcopal Church, as president of the Elizabeth City Rotary Club and as president of the Albemarle Area United Way.