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Basil Plastiras has over 30 years of experience as a trial attorney, expert witness, mediator, arbitrator, and real estate broker.
In his legal practice, Basil focuses on general civil actions, with emphasis on attorney liability actions and commercial and real estate litigation.
He has taken more than 100 cases to trial, with 20 defense verdicts in legal malpractice cases. His has had equal success in his representation of plaintiffs, having won numerous six- and seven-figure verdicts and punitive damages.
Prior to founding Plastiras & Terrizzi, Basil was an associate with Walker, Andreas and Anderson, in San Francisco, where he practiced in the financial district, focusing on civil litigation and professional and commercial liability.
A licensed real estate broker, Basil has extensive experience with real estate investments and related matters. He was one of two founding partners (serving as CFO and General Counsel) of Orion Commercial Real Estate Services, which, during his years of involvement became the largest commercial real estate brokerage in the San Francisco North Bay. He is the current CEO and President of Parkway Properties Investment Corporation, a commercial real estate firm that owns and manages over 375,000 square feet of retail office and real estate projects throughout the Bay Area.
Basil has been active in the State Bar, San Francisco Bar and Marin Bar Associations. He has been appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court as an arbitrator and/or mediator in over 80 civil actions. In addition to his law practice, Basil has been retained as an expert witness in over 90 legal malpractice, legal ethics, and real estate civil actions.
Among his various honors, he is proud to have been repeatedly selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer and AV rated (highest possible rating) since 1986, and listed in the National Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys since 1996. He has also been listed as a top attorney in his fields in both San Francisco Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.
He is highly sought after as a speaker on legal ethics and malpractice, and has appeared on KGO-TV, KQED Radio, KALX Radio and KYA Radio. He has made more than a dozen presentations to various Bar Associations on the Prevention of Legal Malpractice in Civil Litigation. He has served as an instructor in trial advocacy at U.C. Hastings College of Law and taught civil procedure and corporations at Dominican University. He is a past President of the UC Hastings Foundation Board of Trustees, the San Francisco Mental Health Association and several other non-profit organizations.
A San Francisco native and graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and UC Hastings College of the Law, Basil lives with his wife, Karen, a real estate agent, in Tiburon, California.
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Founder of Plastiras & Terrizzi
J.D., U.C. Hastings College of the Law, 1975
B.A., U.C. Berkeley, 1971
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