I was born in South Bend, Indiana. I was mostly raised in Tempe, Arizona, where I went to McClintock High School. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University in 1982 and graduated law school with my Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University in 1985. I went to work for a small litigation firm in Phoenix, Arizona, to gain trial experience immediately while being able to provide clients the hands-on, personable representation often missing from larger firms. I joined the law firm of Plattner Verderame, P.C. in 1992, again enjoying the opportunity given in a small litigation firm to provide personal, quality representation to clients. I became a Partner in 2001. I have been licensed to practice in Arizona since 1985. I am a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. I also have licensure with the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. My practice focus has been centered on wrongful death, trucking accidents and personal injury and medical malpractice. I am a State Bar of Arizona Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. According to the State Bar of Arizona, less than 2% of lawyers in Arizona have this specialty certification. In 2011, I was selected as of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. (azfinestlawyers.org).
In addition to helping clients, my wife and I and our daughters support Friends for Life, www.azfriends.org , a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats in Gilbert, Arizona, including fostering dogs until permanent homes can be found for them.