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Edward D. Plato

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Farmington Hills, MI

The Plato Law Firm, PLLC
30500 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 425
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Phone: 248-855-6650
Fax: 248-865-0002
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Michigan Since: 1978
Practice Areas: State, Local & Municipal, Construction Litigation: Business, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Employment Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

A prominent litigator for over 40 years in both state and federal courts, Ed Plato has handled hundreds of major lawsuits to successful conclusion. In addition to his trial court experience, he has also practiced before the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Plato serves as general and liability defense counsel for several municipalities, construction companies, contractors, engineering firms, commercial businesses, and insurance companies. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Plato has defended his clients in large exposure lawsuits involving personal injuries and death, class action property damage claims, employment claims, and lawsuits over development projects. He also represents individuals in injury and employment claims in select cases. He has been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer for 17 consecutive years.

About Edward D. Plato

First Admitted: 1978, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of Michigan. Oakland County Bar Association. The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. The Legislative Committee of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Law School Extern-Intern Program. Michigan Municipal League. Michigan Townships Association. Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. Defense Research Institute. 

Educational Background

  • Michigan State University College of Law (Formerly Detroit College of Law),  JD 1978.Recipient of American Jurisprudence Achievement Award. Central Michigan University, BS with honors 1975.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Currently serves on the Board of Directors of Angels Place, a Michigan non-profit corporation that provides homes for developmentally disabled adults throughout Southeast, Michigan. Volunteer and teacher for Angels Place at the Mahon home, Troy, Michigan. President of the Board of Directors of the Country Ridge Homeowners Association, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Serves as legal advisor for Oak Pointe Church in Novi, Oak Pointe Church in Milford and The Lakes Community Church in Walled Lake.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Featured Speaker for May 2012 ICLE Seminar on Hot Topics in Municipal Law; Featured speaker at the State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation Section, Winter Seminar 2011. Speaker for the Oakland County Bar Association, Public Corporation Group, 2011. Author of governmental immunity article regarding roadway/sidewalk liability in the Public Corporation Quarterly, Fall 2010. Moderator and presenter at the annual convention of the Michigan Municipal League in September, 2009, in Kalamazoo. Featured speaker and moderator at the Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention on October 2, 2008, on Mackinac Island.  Speaker at the September 2008 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys in Petoskey.  Topic: Protecting the Public Right-of-Ways. Speaker on excessive force by police officers, protecting against and defending jail suicides, the scope of proper search & seizure.  Speaker on defending claims of sexual discrimination in the workplace, defending employment termination claims, proper procedures for employment termination.  Speaker  on defending construction site accidents, investigating the construction site accident, interpreting construction indemnity agreements, and loss prevention.   Speaker on various municipal legal topics at statewide workshops put on by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the Michigan Municipal League, and the annual convention of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.


  • , Top Lawyer - DBusiness/Hour Magazine, 2020
  • , Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • , Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • , Top Lawyer, DBusiness/Hour Magazine, 2019
  • , Top Lawyer, DBusiness/Hour Magazine, 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Top Lawyer - DBusiness/Hour Magazine..., 2022
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  • Top Lawyer - DBusiness/Hour Magazine, 2021
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  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Top Lawyer - DBusiness/Hour Magazine, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Top Lawyer - DBusiness/Hour Magazine, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Top Lawyer - DBusiness/Hour Magazine, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015
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Office Location for Edward D. Plato

30500 Northwestern Hwy
Suite 425
Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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