MICHAEL J. PLONSKER, 54
Firm: Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP
Law School: University of Illinois
Selected Clients: Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Jodie Foster, Billy Bob Thornton, Meg Ryan and Red Hot Chili Peppers; also represented John Ritter’s family in the wrongful death action.
Years in Practice: 29
Most Challenging Cases: Marathon vs. Blasi: defense of a suit against an actress by her former management company; wrongful death case for John Ritter’s family.
Best Career Moment: Presenting before the California Supreme Court in the Marathon vs. Blasi case.
Worst: Despite settling with several defendants for several million dollars, having the jury in the Ritter case find for the defense.
Highlights From Past Year: Joining Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi; having my partner Roman Silberfeld obtain a verdict against Disney in a profit participation case relating to “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in the amount of $319 million; obtaining summary judgment for the profit participants of “Dharma & Greg” against 20th Century Fox in a $15 million claim.
Longest Workday: Five minutes in a room with one of my former partners.
How My Practice Is Changing: Our talent litigation practice is expanding and has become more nationally based.
If I Weren’t an Attorney: My kids would be happier. … Rock star … or professional soccer player … or …
My Colleagues Don’t Know: I’m learning how to play on a left-handed guitar, and I’m an avid soccer and tennis player
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