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Monica Clarke Platt

Associate | Litigation

Biography

Ms. Platt has represented both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide variety of commercial matters at the trial and appellate levels. She has significant litigation experience, including managing fact discovery, drafting pleadings and briefs, taking depositions, preparing witnesses for trial, and engaging in successful settlement negotiations.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Ms. Platt had an eight-year business career where she spent four of those years in nonprofit fundraising and another four years as an editor for a financial services trade magazine.

Credentials

Education

Drexel University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (2011)

University of Florida, B.A. (1999)


Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


Memberships

Member,  Philadelphia Bar Association

Co-Chair,  Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee Public Service Task Force (2012-2015)

Council Member,  Drexel University School of Law Alumni (2013-2014)

Awards/Honors

Awards and Honors

Recognized as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2015)

The First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor (2013, 2014, 2015)

Hon. Sue L. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Intern

Drexel Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

Representative Matters
  • Assisted in the representation at trial of a national retailer in a dispute alleging breach of a commercial lease. We reached a favorable settlement on behalf of the client after trial;
  • Represented an international manufacturer of construction machinery in a breach of contract arbitration;
  • Represented a private mortgage insurer in several putative consumer protection class action lawsuits brought under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, alleging that the mortgage insurers agreed to enter into lucrative reinsurance contacts with mortgage lenders in exchange for mortgage insurance business, and
  • Part of the team that represented two national railroads against several class and individual actions alleging injuries arising from a train derailment.

Pro Bono
  • Part of a team that represented The Philadelphia Inquirer and The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News in a case alleging First Amendment violations in the execution procedures of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC). We obtained an injunction requiring the DOC to make the entirety of lethal injection executions visible and audible to the members of the public and the press selected to witness them. The court found, as a matter of first impression in the Third Circuit, that the public and press have a First Amendment right to witness the entirety of executions. Under a subsequent settlement agreement, the Department of Corrections revised its policies to permit witnesses to see and hear executions in their entirety;
  • Part of a team that successfully obtained habeas corpus relief for a client that was repeatedly and vindictively denied parole after having been acquitted on murder charges at trial, and
  • Represented clients through the Support Center for Child Advocates and Philadelphia VIP.