Edward Plato named new city attorney in Taylor

Edward D. Plato has been named to the position of Corporation Counsel in the City of Taylor. Upon a recent recommendation of Mayor Cameron G. Priebe, Plato received unanimous approval of the Taylor City Council.

“We are very excited to have such an esteemed attorney serve as lead counsel for the City of Taylor,” Mayor Priebe said. “Ed Plato is a welcome addition to our team.”

Plato succeeds Allen Kovinsky, who held the post for more than 30 years. Ed Plato is no stranger to the City of Taylor. For more than 15 years, he served as the city’s liability attorney defending lawsuits brought against the city. In 2006, Ed Plato successfully argued two cases for Taylor before the Michigan Supreme Court, saving the city and its insurance carriers millions of dollars in potential exposure.

“It has been a great pleasure to represent the city, over the years, as its liability counsel and I am very excited about serving the city in this new capacity,” Plato said.

Plato, an attorney with Johnson, Rosati, Labarge, Aseltyne and Field, has been litigating cases for more than 25 years in both state and federal courts. He has been admitted in practice before all Michigan trial courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts in Michigan, and the U. S. Court of Appeals.

Ed Plato was recently designated a 2006 Michigan “Super Lawyer”  in the area of municipal and government law by the national publication Law & Politics. The term Super Lawyer refers to the top five percent of attorneys in the state as chosen by their peers. Plato has also been granted the highest rating of “AV” by the National Law Directory (Martindale-Hubbell), signifying his legal ability as “very high to preeminent” with the highest ethical standards.

Plato noted, “The City of Taylor is a very progressive one. City officials here take a proactive rather than reactive approach to government. I am honored to have been chosen by the Mayor and council for this position.”

According to the Taylor City Charter, the duties of Corporation Counsel include acting as legal advisor to the Mayor and City Council in matters relating to their official duties; prosecuting and defending all cases in all courts whenever the city is involved; preparing all legal contracts and documents for the city; acting as legal counsel for every city department, board and commission; assisting city officials in all manners of law, and performing other duties as prescribed by the Mayor, council or charter.

Ed Plato was born and raised in the Downriver area and is a 1971 graduate of Lincoln Park High School. In his spare time, Plato and his wife of 31 years, Mary, enjoy spending time and vacationing with their two grown children, Laura and Michael, son-in-law Paul, and their 1-year-old granddaughter, Haley.