A. Jay Plotkin
Born: Jacksonville, Florida
Admitted: Jay was admitted to the Florida Bar in October, 1986 and the Middle District of Florida in 2009.
Education: Jay Plotkin received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, Jay participated in Moot Court and was an Intramural Competition champion. As a member of the Moot Court team, he was named as the Outstanding Team Member in the Spring 1986 and an outstanding graduating senior. Upon graduation, he was elected to Order of the Barrister for Excellent Skills in Advocacy.
Member: Jay is active in our community. Jay is currently the Board Chair for Communities In Schools of Jacksonville and an executive board member of the Jacksonville Housing Authority, where he chairs the community relations committee. He is Past President of the Rotary club of South Jacksonville and a former member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet. Jay is a Leadership Jacksonville alumnus (class of 2001), a member of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House and has been a Take Stock in Children Mentor since 2000.
Jay has served on the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children and the Florida Bar Permanent Standing Committee on the Legal Needs of Children.
Jay is a Master of The Chester Bedell Inn of Court.
Professional Concentration: Jay began his legal career as a litigation associate with the law firm of Smith and Hulsey in Jacksonville, Florida. In April, 1987, he became an Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit covering Duval, Clay, and Nassau County. While in the State Attorneys Office, he prosecuted a wide range of cases from misdemeanors to homicides, including time spent specializing in the prosecution of child abuse cases and repeat offenders. From 1993 until 2009, Jay served as the Director of the State Attorneys Office Nationally acclaimed Juvenile Justice Divisions, overseeing all aspects of juvenile intervention, diversion and prosecution. In April 1999, Jay was promoted to Chief Assistant State Attorney. Until January 2009, he supervised all aspects of an office of one hundred attorneys and over three hundred support staff while continuing to be an active trial lawyer. Jay has personally tried approximately, ninety jury trials to date, serving as first chair in the majority of these cases.
Jay continues to focus his efforts on trial work in the areas of personal injury law; medical malpractice; products liability; and mass torts.
Honors/Awards: In 1994, Jay received the Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2006, Jay was recognized by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association as the Prosecutor of the year for the State of Florida. In 2007, the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville presented their Good Government Award to Jay in recognitiion of outstanding service to the community and the City of Jacksonville. Jay has also received recognition from The Florida Bar for his pro bono efforts.
Other Interests: Family, sports and travel.