Jenifer Marie Placzek

Jenifer Placzek Headshot-ColorPartner

Location: Springfield, Missouri
Phone:417-883-4000
Fax: 417-887-1503
Email: E-mail Me
Jenifer Placzek was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997 with a degree in Journalism. Before starting law school, Ms. Placzek volunteered for eight months at an orphanage for disabled children in La Paz, Bolivia. In 2001, she graduated from Boston College Law School. She practiced at a large law firm in Los Angeles after graduating from law school. In 2005, she moved back to Springfield to practice law with her father and partner, Mathew W. Placzek.

Ms. Placzek is a trial attorney who represents individuals and families in personal injury, wrongful death, and whistleblower cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury – Plaintiff
  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Bad Faith Insurance

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2001
  • Missouri, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012

Education

  • Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts
    • J.D. – 2001
    • Law Review: Environmental Affairs Law Review, Articles Editor and Staff Writer, 1999 – 2001
  • University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri
    • B.J. magna cum laude – 1997
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Published Works

  • Chapter 3 Pain and Suffering, Missouri Damages, The Missouri Bar, Second Edition, 2005
  • Chapter 5 Loss of Earning Capacity, Missouri Damages, The Missouri Bar, Second Edition, 2005
  • Chapter 3 Pain and Suffering, Missouri Damages, The Missouri Bar, Third Edition, 2012
  • Chapter 5 Loss of Earning Capacity, Missouri Damages, The Missouri Bar, Third Edition, 2012
  • Chapter 7 Statements, Sources of Proof, The Missouri Bar, Fifth Edition, 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Jessup International Moot Court, Harvard Law School’s Northeast Regional Competition, First Place Oralist and Honorable Mention Brief, 2001
  • Boston College Law School, Wendall F. Grimes Moot Court Competition, Best Brief Runner-Up, 2000
  • Women’s Justice Awards, Litigation Practitioner, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, Missouri and Kansas Rising Star for Plaintiff Personal Injury, 2014
  • 2015 Equal Access to Justice Award from Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers Missouri and Kansas for Plaintiff Personal Injury, 2015 – 2017
  • 2015 Pro Bono Publico Award From the Missouri Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors, 2005 – Present
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 2005 – Present
  • American Association of Justice, 2005 – Present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2014 – Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Executive Committee, 2014 – Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair, 2012 – 2014
  • Supreme Court of Missouri, Commision of Racial and Ethnic Fairness, Practice of Law Subcommittee, 2015 – Present
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund

Past Employment Positions

  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Associate Attorney, 2001 – 2005

Ancillary Businesses

  • Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Commissioner, 7th District
  • Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Pro Bono Panel Attorney Member