What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job is that we get to fight for people who generally do not have a voice. We only represent individuals, not big companies. Every single day insurance companies, product manufactures and big businesses try to take advantage of people who they have injured. As a trial lawyer, I take the most pride in going to trial to make sure that doesn’t happen. With the team we have here at the Platta Law Firm, I know we don’t just give our clients a fighting chance, we give them the advantage.
What do you like least?
Quite frankly, if insurance companies and business did right by people, my job wouldn’t exist. It frustrates me that people need to fight for years just to get a fair settlement from companies who claim to want to take care of people. We have all seen the commercials where insurance companies claim to have your best interests at heart. They don’t. If they did, you wouldn’t need me.
How would you describe your approach to a case?
I like to think I approach each case with controlled aggression and complete compassion. As a lawyer for victims, you need to know how to keep a case moving through the system. This means being aggressive with the moves you make with the courts and defendants.
When it comes to working with our clients, I know that they are coming to me because they have no choice. Every client I meet would rather be healthy and working, rather than worrying about their family’s future. It is important to me that our clients know that their pain is at the forefront of our mind. It drives every move we make.
Tell your client’s something new about you that they probably don’t know?
I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan. I know that might not be the most popular choice in New York City, but I was born about an hour south of Chicago. If it is baseball season, you better believe I am finding a way to get the game on tv.
Awards and Associations:
Who’s Who in America 2019, 2020
Top 100 Registry Attorney of the Year 2020
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 – 2019, 2020
Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Lawyers of Distinction 2019
Hudson Valley Magazine Top Attorneys 2017, 2018
National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 – 2018, 2019
Order of The Barristers
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers – Travis D. Lewin Award 2010; Excellence in Advocacy Award, 2010
American Bar Association
New York State
Southern District of New York
Northern District of New York
Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor
Winner – New York State Trial Competition
Illinois Wesleyan University – B.A. in Political Science