Jacob W. Plattenberger

Jacob W. Plattenberger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Chicago, IL

TorHoerman Law LLC
 | 227 West Monroe Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-313-2273
Fax: 618-656-4401
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

Throughout his career, Jake has taken hundreds of depositions, argued in countless hearings and tried over 35 cases to a jury. This type of real trial experience is exceedingly rare in complex civil litigation and having seen it from the defense side gives Jake an added advantage.

At TorHoerman Law, Jake manages the Chicago office where he leads trial teams in nationwide, complex litigations such as representing dozens of workers across the US who were exposed to Diacetyl at work and now suffer lung disease; the Incretin Mimetics Products Liability Litigation currently pending in the Southern District of California, where he was named to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee; and the various Transvaginal Mesh multidistrict litigations pending in the Southern District of West Virginia. Jake also maintains a personal injury practice in Chicago, representing people and their families who have been victims of catastrophic auto and truck accidents, products liability, maritime accidents, premises liability, and medical negligence.

Born in Chicago, Jake earned his undergraduate degree from DePaul University where he was a National Political Science Honor Society member, and he earned his law degree from The John Marshall Law School where he was a Dean’s Scholarship Recipient and a member of the American Bar Association National Mediation Advocacy Team.

About Jacob Plattenberger

Admitted: 2008, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.torhoermanlaw.com/attorneys/jacob-plattenberger/


  • The John Marshall School of Law-Dean's Scholarship Recipient; The Francis D. Morrissey Scholars Legal Ethics Writing Group-Associate Editor
  • DePaul University Honors Program; Member of Pi Sigma Alpha- The National Politcal Science Honor Society

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of IL, 2010
  • Admitted - U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Cirucuit, 2011
  • U.S. Distict Court, Central District of IL, 2013
  • State of Illinois, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • Speaking engagement at the 2019 Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association (EECMA) Annual Conference, The Evolution and Future of Food Flavoring Litigation, 2019
  • Co-presentor on the current status of Topamax litigation at AAJ conference-NYC
  • Injury Board
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation
  • Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in national Incretin Mimetics litigation

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Through the TorHoerman Law Employee Charitable Foundation, we are able to pool our resources and make a difference in our community to those charities and initiatives that are important to the THL family.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Concerns are growing over the possible relationship between the Type II Diabetes drug Byetta and pancreatic cancer., Byetta Puts Users at Risk for Pancreatic Cancer, 2012
  • The popularity of e-cigarettes has risen immensely as a new "healthy" alternative to cigarettes, but it is quite the opposite. The article examines the health risks of e-cigarettes., Author, E-Cigs and the Dangers Associated, Living Safer Magazine, 2017
  • In a resounding victory for Plaintiff, Ms. Linda Gross, in the Superior Court of Atlantic County, N.J., the jury reached a partial verdict in her favor for $3.35 million in compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson for their defective transvaginal mesh implant., Jury Awards Plaintiff Millions in Compensatory Damages for Failed Transvaginal Mesh, 2013
  • Unaccountability in business is unacceptable. In the case of Gross v. Johnson & Johnson, the jury awarded $7.76 million in punitive damages today, adding to the $3.35 million they awarded in compensatory damages this past Monday, sending a powerful message to Johnson & Johnson., Transvaginal Mesh Product Manufacturers Receive Powerful Message, 2013
  • Today an independent body released the results of its research indicating that an entire class of type-2 diabetes drugs known as incretin mimetics may carry up to 25 times the risk of developing pancreatic cancer for patients taking these drugs. These drugs are known commercially as Januvia, Byetta, Victoza, Onglyza, and Tradjenta., Do Popular Diabetes Drugs Contribute to Pancreatic Cancer Development?, 2013
  • A federal court in Colorado has dismissed the defendant’s post-trial motions for judgment as a matter of law for a new trial. The court upheld a $7.5 million jury award to plaintiff, Wayne Watson, who sued the manufacturer and retailers of microwave buttered popcorn that caused him to develop “popcorn lung” after eating two bags daily for 10 years., $7 Million "Popcorn Lung" Lawsuit Upheld, 2013

Educational Background:

  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, JD;Honors: Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, Associate Editor, The Francis D. Morrissey Scholars Legal Ethics Writing Group, American Bar Association National Mediation Advocacy Team, 2008
  • DePaul University, Chicago IL, 2003
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Office Location for Jacob W. Plattenberger

227 West Monroe Street
Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606

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Last Updated: 6/18/2019

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