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Richard S. Plattner - Phoenix, AZ

316 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85012

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Updated: 05/16/2017

Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer


My wife and I were married in 1983. Our first date was February 17, 1979, which we still celebrate as our "real" anniversary. She often accuses me of "bait and switch" because I cooked a full spaghetti dinner on our first date and I haven't cooked anything more complicated than scrambled eggs since.

We have two kids. Our son, Sam, works in Los Angeles pursuing his passion for sound recording, sound effects and sound design for movies...

About Richard S. Plattner

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Whistleblowers Claims

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Arizona Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, 1991

Other Affiliations

  • Arizona Association for Justice (Past President & Life Member)
  • ABOTA (Member)
  • Sustaining & Leaders Forum Member, AAJ
  • Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Legal Ethics Reform, 1994 - Present
  • Arizona State Bar Association, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1987 - 1999
  • Arizona State Bar Association, Committee on Recommended Arizona Jury Instructions, 1991 - 1992
  • Arizona State Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1986 - 1988
  • Arizona State Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, 1986 - 1987
  • Arizona Association for Justice, Life Member since 12/2004. President, 1991. Sustaining Member, 1983-present. Board of Directors, 1986-present
  • Phoenix Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1986-1987. Board of Directors, 1983-present
  • American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member, 1986-present; Leaders’ Forum, 2001-present
  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)


  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, 1977
    Juris Doctor
  • Michigan State University
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Member: Honors College
    Honors: National Merit Scholar

Past Positions

  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, 1982 - 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Committee on Ministry, Foundation (endowment fund) Board, Capital Committee, and Board of Trustees

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty, Trial Practice College, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987 - 1988
  • Appellate Highlights, Arizona Association for Justice


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Past Lists

  • 2023 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southwest Super Lawyers list
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  • 2011 Southwest Super Lawyers list
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View the profile for Richard S. Plattner on Super Lawyers


  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in Arizona
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012 - 2017
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in Phoenix


Office Information


316 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85012


  • 602-266-6908

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Author, Appellate Highlights, monthly article in the AzTLA Advocate, 1985-present
  • Principal Editor, Maricopa County Superior Court Judges, published by AzTLA, 1985
  • Author, “Evaluation & Settlement of Personal Injury Cases in Arizona: Plaintiffs’ Perspective,” PESI, 1990
  • Author, “ADVOCACY: The Last Bastion of Caveat Emptor,” Petition to Arizona Supreme Court to Modify Arizona Ethics Rules, 1993
  • Author, “Lawyering: Beyond the Adversary System,” Arizona Attorney, 1994
  • Author, “Locking the Courthouse Door,” Trial Practice, 1995
  • Author, “The Discovery Czar Approach to Limiting Litigation Abuse,” Unpublished article for the Maricopa County Superior Court Civil Study Committee, August, 1997
  • Author, “Discovery Disputes: How to Run the Railroad Without Railroading Anybody,” Maricopa Lawyer, November, 1997
  • Author, “What Lawyers Want,” Arizona Attorney, February, 2005
  • Discussed, Up And Running: The Jami Goldman Story, by Goldman & Cagan, Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc.), 2001

Representative Cases

  • Malone v. Sullivan, 124 Ariz. 469, 605 P.2d 447, Ariz., January 15, 1980
  • St. Paul Property and Liability Ins. Co. v. Eymann, 166 Ariz. 344, 802 P.2d 1043, Ariz.App. Div. 1, August 23, 1990
  • Plattner v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 168 Ariz. 311, 812 P.2d 1129, Ariz.App. Div. 1, May 28, 1991
  • Pruett v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Arizona, 175 Ariz. 447, 857 P.2d 1301, Ariz.App. Div. 1, February 11, 1993
  • Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc. v. Superior Court In and For County of Maricopa, 176 Ariz. 619, 863 P.2d 911, Ariz.App. Div. 1, November 23, 1993
  • Matter of Conservatorship of Fallers, 181 Ariz. 227, 889 P.2d 20, Ariz.App. Div. 1, May 31, 1994
  • Cunningham v. Goettl Air Conditioning, Inc., 194 Ariz. 236, 980 P.2d 489, 295 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 7, Ariz., May 19, 1999
  • Walk v. Ring, 202 Ariz. 310, 44 P.3d 990, 378 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 61, Ariz., April 24, 2002
  • Safeway Ins. Co., Inc. v. Guerrero, 210 Ariz. 5, 106 P.3d 1020, 446 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 51, Ariz., February 24, 2005
  • Assyia v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 229 Ariz. 216, 273 P.3d 668 (Ct. App. 2012)

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