Richard S Plattner JD


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Plattner Verderame, PC
316 E FLOWER ST, Phoenix, Arizona, 85012-2612




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1977

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: October 8, 1977

Other Language(s): None


2017 Lawyer of the Year – American Board of Trial Advocates, Phoenix

My wife and I were married in 1983. Our first date was February 17, 1979, which we still celebrate as our “real” anniversary. She often accuses me of “bait and switch” because I cooked a full spaghetti dinner on our first date and I haven’t cooked anything more complicated than scrambled eggs since.

We have two kids. Our son, Sam, works in L.A. pursuing his passion for sound recording, sound effects and sound design for movies and TV. Our daughter, Katie, has her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She spends days doing speech pathology with toddlers, and evenings doing improv and standup in Los Angeles. They are both smarter, better looking, and way cooler than their parents.

My wife, Susan Morris, has her Masters in Special Education and a special, loving genius with children. She taught for ten years in public schools and established Morris Tutoring Associates, Inc. in 1985. Our joke is that we created an institution for her to volunteer at, because there is little money to be made tutoring. But there is much joy. She has helped hundreds of kids, and adores all of them.  (OK, almost all of them.)

In 1979, two years out of law school, I handled a pro bono women’s rights case from start to successful conclusion at the Arizona Supreme Court, establishing the right of married women to keep their last name if they wished to.

My father was a career Air Force officer, who became a meteorologist after spending 18 months in a German POW camp. He flew as a navigator in the Hurricane Hunters, and I grew up on Air Force bases around the US, in Bermuda and in Germany. When I graduated from high school our Congressman appointed me to the Air Force Academy, but I failed the medical exam because I am a little color blind. The color vision also kept me out of the US Marines when I tried to enlist in 1975.

Susan and I are both active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix. I have sung in the choir since 2002, am a frequent Master of Ceremonies at congregational fundraising events, have served on the Committee on Ministry, Foundation (endowment fund) Board, Capital Committee, and Board of Trustees.  I love being part of a religious community whose only  creed is to be kind and try to make the world a better place.

I have been active in leadership in the Arizona Association for Justice (lawyers who represent injured folks, and formerly known as the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association) since 1985. I served as President in 1991. I was an active participant in battles to protect the Arizona Constitution from the insurance industry and big business interests in 1986, 1990 and 1994. I have been called upon multiple times over the years to testify at the Arizona Legislature regarding bills affecting consumer rights, product liability, medical malpractice and insurance law.  I have argued multiple appellate cases and have appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and Arizona Court of Appeals.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Insurance Motorists Arbitration, Life and Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Uninsured and Underinsured, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists, Insurance Agents and Brokers Errors and Omissions, Insurance Bad Faith, First and Third Party Insurance, First Party Insurance, Indemnity, General Liability, Extra Contractual Insurance Claims, Disability Insurance, Automobile Insurance Coverage, Automobile Liability, Accident Insurance, Automobile Insurance
Personal Injury Bus Accidents, Brain Injury, Bodily Injury, Boating Accidents, Automobile Negligence, Bicycle Accidents, Automobile Accidents and Injuries, Aquatic Injuries, Accidents, Animal Attacks, Head Injury, Electrical Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries, Catastrophic Injury, Commercial Vehicle Liability, Dog Bites, Pedestrian Injuries, Neurolaw, Product Liability, Personal Injury Appeals, Spinal Injury, Slip and Fall, Severe Burns, Sexual Abuse, Workplace Injury, Third Party Wrongful Death, Wrongful Death
Torts Tort Liability, Mass Torts, Civil Liability
Toxic Torts Toxic Exposure, Chemical Exposures


  • Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • Arizona State

  • Last Updated: September 26, 2021
  • Typical Hourly Fee: $500
    Typical Fixed Fee:
    Typical Contingency Fee: 33.3%
  • Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: No
  • Free Consultations: Yes

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