Bruce M. Plaxen
5.0 Peer Review
Distinguished, Respected & Award Winning
Personal Injury Attorney
Bruce Plaxen has been on the Board of Governors for the Maryland Association for Justice (formerly the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association) since 1993 and has chaired almost every committee and held every office, including President of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. Currently, he is Chairman of the Maryland Association for Justice Political Action Committee and works closely with their lobbyist and legislative committee in Annapolis to insure that the rights of victims are protected. Plaxen has also received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany. This award was given in recognition of his pro bono efforts assisting the families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Maryland and Virginia. Plaxen helped organize the largest pro bono project in history. Each and every family of a 911 victim was offered absolutely free legal representation and assistance in securing victim compensation. In 2020, Plaxen received the prestigious Wiedemann Wysocki Citation of Excellence given by the American Association for Justice for his efforts on behalf of civil justice throughout the United States. This is the fourth time Plaxen received this award, having been previously recognized for his work in 2003, 2010, and 2016.
Bruce Plaxen is the only two-time winner of the President's Award, presented by the Maryland Association for Justice for exemplary leadership, vision, and unwavering commitment. Plaxen was specifically recognized for his actions to strengthen our ability to protect our clients, address civil justice and consumer issues in the legislature, and prevent the erosion of injured people's rights. He received this award in both 2007 and 2010.
In 2017, Bruce Plaxen was honored at the annual convention of Trial Lawyers with the Distinguished Service Award given out by the American Association for Justice.
In 2019, Bruce Plaxen was awarded AAJ’s Above & Beyond award, which “recognizes AAJ members who have made exceptional contributions to sustain and strengthen the organization.”
Since 2001, Plaxen has served on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). Bruce Plaxen currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Association for Justice and is active on many nationwide AAJ Committees including the National Finance and the Organizational Review Committee. Plaxen was elected President of the Council of Presidents which includes all presidents of each trial lawyers’ organization throughout the country. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer for the Maryland Association for Justice.
Bruce Plaxen was honored as the 2008 Maryland Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland Association for Justice. Plaxen was presented with the award for years of work on behalf of HMO plan members in Maryland. Mr. Plaxen and his team of lawyers were able to recover millions of dollars that had been wrongfully taken from their clients by the HMOs and secured two precedent-setting decisions in the process, including a decision from Maryland’s highest court limiting the power of the General Assembly to enact retroactive laws.