Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense

30500 Northwestern Highway, Suite 425, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

Established: 2011

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • Dram Shop
  • Employment Law
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Municipal Liability
  • No-Fault
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Subrogation
  • Motor Vehicle Liability
  • Governmental Immunity

About Us

The Plato Law Firm has decades of experience in municipal, construction, insurance defense and employment law. The firm's founder, Ed Plato was previously a partner in a large insurance defense firm. He has had the privilege of representing and defending municipalities, contractors, engineers, insurance companies and employers for over 35 years. The Plato Law Firm presently serves as City/Township Attorney and as liability defense counsel for several municipalities in Southeastern Michigan. Mr. Plato also has successfully represented over 30 different contractors and engineering firms, either directly or through their insurance carriers, in all aspects of construction litigation involving commercial, public construction and residential projects. Mr. Plato has been the general liability counsel for Dan's Excavating, Inc., Michigan's major highway contractor, for over 30 years.

Local and National Peer Recognition

Ed Plato has been designated as a Michigan "Super Lawyer" for seventeen consecutive years by the national publications, Law & Politics and Thomson Reuters. He was selected for the areas of municipal/government law, construction law and personal injury defense. He was also voted a Top Lawyer by his peers in DBusiness Magazine and Hour Magazine for the years 2012 to 2022 in the areas of municipal law, construction law and liability defense.. He has consistently been granted a rating of "AV" by the National Law Directory, Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Flexible and Client Oriented

The Plato Law Firm prides itself on quick and personalized response to any request for services or legal question. Mr. Plato is readily available to be contacted on weekends and after normal business hours should legal matters arise that need immediate attention.

Low Overhead – Deep Resources

The Plato Law Firm has extensive legal resources and experience to draw upon, including contract attorneys working with the Firm (most of whom have over 25 years of experience in providing legal services to public and private entities), as well as outside experts in the areas of accident reconstruction, engineering, auditing, assessing, public utilities, real estate, and other areas where specialized expertise may be needed. In addition to the firms full time professionals, the Firm also has readily available 8 attorneys on a contract basis to provide a full spectrum of legal counsel services to its clients. Why does the firm use contract attorneys? Because having attorneys available on a contract basis minimizes the cost of providing legal services to clients as the Firm does not have to pay for overhead or other benefits for those attorneys which, otherwise, would result in increasing the cost of providing legal services. Therefore, The Plato Law Firm is able to pass these savings on to its clients and does not need to be concerned about "minimum monthly billings" for attorneys such as those required by most other firms.

Client Information

Insurance Clients

  • TRISTAR Risk Management

Non-Insurance Clients

  • DANI's Transport, Inc.
  • Dan's Excavating, Inc.
  • Salem Township

Personnel Information

Edward D. Plato

Farmington Hills, MI

  • Michigan, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • State Bar of Michigan (Sections: Negligence, Employment and Municipal)
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Michigan Municipal League
  • Michigan Townships Association
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Central Michigan University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1975
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1978


Jessica J. Bond

Farmington Hills, MI

  • Michigan, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan (Sections: Negligence and Municipal)
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2013

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