Leonidas E. Plakas (‘76)
Title: Managing Partner, Tzangas, Plakas, Mannos & Raies
Leonidas (Lee) E. Plakas is the Managing Partner of Tzangas, Plakas, Mannos & Raies, Ltd.
Mr. Plakas has been involved in hundreds of civil jury trials during his career in both State and Federal Courts. After a two week jury trial in Federal Court, the Judge wrote in a post-trial ruling awarding attorney fees and costs in December, 2011: "Lee Plakas is an impressive trial lawyer; he is prepared for his courtroom presentations" (Mercy Medical Center v. Aultman Health System (Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Spring 2010)).
Mr. Plakas' record of trial successes is unique in the broad spectrum of types of cases in which he has won million dollar verdicts. His successes include a $10 million result against a hospital system for corrupt activities, and million dollar plus verdicts and judgments in business breach of contract, medical malpractice, employment sexual harassment, nursing home negligence, workplace safety cases and personal injury cases. He has won the highest verdicts in Stark County's legal history in business litigation, employment harassment and nursing home negligence.
Mr. Plakas has experience in protecting landowners in energy, oil/gas and other mineral extraction cases. He has been involved in negotiating oil and gas leases and monitoring related operations since as early as 1982. He has also been involved in cases dealing with complex environmental and waste disposal.
Mr. Plakas also represents businesses and corporations that operate on national and international levels. He has successfully defended businesses in "bet the company" jury trials involving claims for tens of millions of dollars. He has also successfully represented businesses in age and sex discrimination, contract, intellectual property, and other commercial litigation.
Among his many awards and recognition for professional excellence and community service, Mr. Plakas has received an Akron Law Outstanding Alumni Award.