Frank Verderame

Frank Verderame: Attorney with Plattner Verderame, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Partner Frank Verderame is a seasoned trial attorney, who has dedicated his life to helping victims of serious injuries. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, and has been an active part of legal communities and organizations since he started his practice, back in 1983. A lifelong motorcycle rider, Frank represents riders who have been hurt in crashes and collisions. He is also a licensed pilot (since 1989), and has handled some of the most complex aviation accident and plane crash cases in the state, including one which ended in a $10 million verdict for his clients after they were injured in a crash near the Grand Canyon.

He and partner Richard Plattner met in the 1980s, while fighting efforts by corporations and insurance companies to take away the Constitutional rights of Arizona citizens to get justice in our courts. After fighting and winning those battles together, they decided to start this law firm. Twenty-six years later, they are still fighting together to protect the rights of Arizona citizens.

In 2016, Frank was honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Arizona Association of Justice. Frank is a former President of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and has served on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) for the past 20 years. He lectures and conducts seminars at their conventions, and has done so for many years. Frank has also served as a Judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Frank has been on the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Scottsdale and their Foundation for many years. He started doing volunteer work for the Club back in the 1980’s – everything from running events and fundraisers, to handling pro bono legal work for the organization. He even coached a kids’ basketball team there.

Frank is also an avid baseball fan, and coached little league baseball for many years He took his role as coach and mentor seriously enough to install a professional batting cage in his back yard, that he used to teach kids how to hit. As with his clients, so with his players: Frank always jumps in with both feet.

Frank is also a member of the Verde Vaqueros, an invitation-only group of men that rides horses, both for fun and for the community. They have an old cattle ranch in northern Arizona with bunkhouses, so that kids from various organizations can go with their groups to learn about an old Arizona way of life. Over the last 50 years, this esteemed group has raised more than a million dollars for Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Scottsdale.

Frank enjoys a good round of golf and “tickling the ivories,” though he admits he often doesn’t spend as much time as he’d like on either.

Rocoe Pound Foundation.

(Certified Specialist, Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602-783-8793  Phone
602-266-6908  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 36570, Phoenix, AZ 85012
University Attended:
Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1979
Law School Attended:
University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1982
Year of First Admission:
1982, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Arizona; 1982, Arizona; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court; 1982, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Arizona Bar Association, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1983 – 1991
Arizona Bar Association, 1985 – 1992
Arizona Association for Justice, Director
Arizona Association for Justice, President, 1992
Arizona Association for Justice, Secretary-Treasurer, 1991
Arizona Association for Justice, Seminar Director, 1990
Arizona Association for Justice, Legislative Director, 1985 – 1991
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, President, XXXX – XXXX
American Association for Justice, Member
America Association for Justice, Insurance Section, First Chair, 1995 – 1996
America Association for Justice, Chairman, 1994 – 1995
America Association for Justice, Insurance Section, First Vice Chair, 1993 – 1994
America Association for Justice, Secretary/Treasurer, 1992 – 1993
America Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1997 – 2017
American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
American Bar Association, Member
American Judicature Society, Member
American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators
Roscoe Pound Foundation, Member
Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Association, Member
Sports Lawyers Association, Member
Italian and Spanish
Reported Cases:
Perguson v. Tamis, 188 AZ 425, 937 Pdd 347, civil procedure, medical negligence, 1997; Aitken v. Industrial Commission, 183 AZ 387, 904 Pdd 456, constitutional law-amicus; Dorman v. Swift, 162 AZ 228, 882 Pdd 704, products liability, statute of limitations, 1989; Arson v. American Motors, 155 AZ 420, 747 Pdd 581, products liability, statute of limitations, 1987; State Farm v. Brodrock, 151 AZ 421, 698 Pdd 216, constitutional law, 1985; DeBoer v. Brown, 138 AZ 168, 673 Pdd 912, medical malpractice, statute of limitations-amicus, 1984.
( Certified Specialist, Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization )

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