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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. (
In addition to helping clients, my wife and I and our daughters support Friends for Life, , a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats in Gilbert, Arizona, including fostering dogs until permanent homes can be found for them.


Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 30%
    31 years
  2. Car Accident: 30%
    31 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    31 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
    31 years

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Contact info

Plattner Verderame, PC

316 East Flower Street
P.O. Box 36570
Phoenix, AZ, 85067-6570


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southwest SuperlawyersSouthwest Superlawyers2012
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2011
Certified Specialist, Injury and Wrongful Death LitigationState Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization2003
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPlattner Verderame, P.C.1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaMemberN/A
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motorcycle CrashSettled for a confidential amount.
Trucking CrashSettled for a confidential amount.
Negligent Firearm Shooting CaseSettled for confidential amount.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Arizona State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982