Leonidas (Lee) E. Plakas is the Managing Partner of Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd.
Mr. Plakas has been involved in hundreds of civil jury trials during his career in both State and Federal Courts.
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.
He has experience in protecting landowners in energy, oil/gas and other mineral extraction cases. Mr. Plakas has been involved in negotiating oil and gas leases and monitoring related operations since as early as 1982 when he established an oil and gas drilling venture on family owned property. 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.
Business and Commercial Litigation - Mercy Medical Center vs. Aultman Health System — Jury verdict in favor of hospital client against competing hospital health system that had entered into secret relationships and made secret payments to health insurance brokers to convert to group health consumers to its health plans and health system.
$10,145,00 verdict and attorney fee award in favor of client Mercy Medical Center.
9 weeks - longest civil trial in Stark County History
Largest business or commercial verdict held in Stark County history
Only known verdict finding that a non-profit health system had engaged in a Pattern of Corrupt Activities.
Professional Malpractice - Speers vs. Wikas — Medical malpractice/cosmetic laser surgery gone bad because of dermatologist's lack of familiarity with new laser operative equipment.
$1.3 million plus verdict and pre-judgment interest in favor of client/patient.
In addition to denying liability, defense raised issues of patient overuse of cosmetic procedures.
Nursing Home Negligence - Freudman vs. Emeritus/Landing of Canton — Client, 80 years old, residing in an assisted living facility, was erroneously given an anti-diabetic drug that was not prescribed for her, resulting in brain damage and death.
Verdict in favor of client/patient in the amount of $1,930,000 plus $554,174.17 for attorney fees and costs.
Largest assisted living or nursing home verdict in the history of Northeast Ohio. The defednant was represented by three seperate law firms from three different states, all of whom had lawyers in the courtroom at the same time. The Federal Court Judge handling the case ruled: "Lee Plakas is an impressive trial lawyer. He is prepared for his courtroom presentations." Page 19 of December 30, 2011 decision by Federal Judge. "Plaintiff's success in this difficult case was accomplished as a consequence of the demonstrable skills of attorneys Plakas and Frantz." Page 22 of December 30, 2011 decision by Federal Judge.
Employment Discrimination and Harassment - Employee as Client - Paar vs. Jackson Township — Case on behalf of former police chief of township for wrongful termination.
Verdict in the amount of $530,000 in favor of client former police chief.
Although there was no writeen employment agreement guaranteeing employment, the jury found in favor based upon concepts of promissort estoppel and implied contract.
Business and Commercial Litigation - S.D. Meyers vs. George, et al. — Successful defense of a claim against international Summit County based electrial transformer company client against a claim by business associates, alleging an ownership interest in the international operations of the company and its revenues amounting to tens of millions of dollars.
Defense verdict on behalf of electrical transformer company client rejecting the claims of ownership and recovery on counterclaim against claimants in favor of client company for claimants' unfounded allegations in the amount of $50,000.
Trial involved witnesses and transactions in Europe and Canada, including attempts by claimants to set up unauthorized business operations in Canada and Europe utilizing trade names and intellectual property of client.