Ed Plato made me feel very comfortable and kept me informed about the case every step of the way. I would be proud to refer my family, friends and even strangers to him, and I am sure they will be happy with his legal expertise.
– James Buford, Director of Homeland Security, Wayne County

Construction Law

Over the past 30 years, Edward Plato, the founder of The Plato Law Firm, has successfully represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, material suppliers, the State of Michigan, and individuals in large exposure and complex lawsuits involving personal injuries and death as well as extensive property damage claims. Mr. Plato currently serves as liability defense counsel for several Metro-Detroit Area contractors, engineering firms, and municipalities. Ed Plato has worked with owners, contractors, engineering firms, architects and suppliers on both public and private sector projects and litigation. He has been the general liability counsel for Dan's Excavating, Inc., Michigan's major highway contractor, for over 25 years, and has also been appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan representing the Michigan Department of Transportation with regard to highway construction litigation. The Plato Law Firm and its affiliated attorneys are knowledgeable about the standards and regulations applicable to construction litigation, including the OSHA standards, MIOSHA standards, ANSI standards, BOCA codes and regulations, and MDOT specifications and regulations. Mr. Plato has been a frequent speaker on liability construction topics such as defending construction site accidents, investigating construction site accidents, drafting and interpreting construction indemnity agreements, and loss prevention/risk management at the construction site.

Construction areas of Focus:

  • Drafting and Review of Contracts and Subcontracts
  • Defending Construction Site Accidents
  • Litigation and Claim Resolution, including Mediation and Arbitration
  • Construction Liens
  • Employment Disputes and Claims
  • Defense of OSHA and MIOSHA Violations
  • Michigan Builders Trust Fund
  • Insurance Analysis and Claims
  • Risk Management and Loss Prevention


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