After graduating law school, Mr. Plotkin served for one year as a law clerk for the Honorable Martin L. C. Feldman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. During his clerkship, Mr. Plotkin was involved in the resolution of a number of complicated cases.LOUIS L. “LEE” PLOTKIN graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane Law School in 1991. Mr. Plotkin was Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Law Review.
After completing his clerkship, Mr. Plotkin went to work at a large New Orleans law firm. For the next three years, Mr. Plotkin was engaged in complex commercial litigation matters.
In 1996, Mr. Plotkin joined Gertler, Gertler, Vincent & Plotkin as a partner. His practice focused on representing plaintiffs who had contracted occupational lung diseases, such as mesothelioma, silicosis, and coal worker’s pneumoconiosis. These cases were complex and involved multiple claims against multiple defendants. One example is Chaisson v. Avondale Industries, Inc., 947 So. 2d 171 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2006), where Mr. Plotkin served as lead trial and appellate counsel and obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for the husband and daughters whose wife and mother had died of mesothelioma.
While at Gertler, Gertler, Vincent & Plotkin, Mr. Plotkin expanded his practice outside Louisiana. He collaborated with attorneys in other states, sharing his knowledge of how to represent plaintiffs in complicated cases who had suffered serious injuries.
Mr. Plotkin founded Plotkin, Vincent & Jaffe, L.L.C. in 2010. The firm represents seriously injured plaintiffs in complicated cases all over the country through relationships with co-counsel licensed in the relevant jurisdictions. Mr. Plotkin and his partners also represented the mother of a child who died of an infection contracted at a Louisiana hospital due to a fungal outbreak in the facility. In addition, the firm has represented a professional stunt performer who was profoundly injured as a result of an equipment malfunction on a movie set.
Mr. Plotkin’s out-of-state decisions include:
Alix v. Badger Mining Corp., Wis. Ct. App. 02-005 (Wis. Ct. App. 2002)
Baldwin v. Badger Mining Corp., 663 N.W.2d 382 (Wis. Ct. App. 2003)
Haase v. Badger Mining Corp., 669 N.W.2d 737 (Wis. Sup. Ct. 2004)
Amar v. Minnesota Mining & Mfg. Co., 2005 WL 3448066 (W.D. Ky. 2005)
Addair v. American Optical Corp., 2011 WL 2265547 (S.D. W. Va. 2011)
The North River Ins. Co. v. Chafin, 758 S.E. 2d 109 (W. Va. Sup. Ct. 2014)
Mr. Plotkin is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and, over the years, has consistently received the highest rating available for attorneys from Martindale Hubbell. He also has been invited to speak at various legal seminars.
On the personal side, Mr. Plotkin is married and has three daughters. He enjoys traveling and playing golf with friends. Mr. Plotkin is also very active in his synagogue, having served for many years on the Board of Trustees and as its President.
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