Cinnamon A. Plonka


Cinnamon A. Plonka

Farmington Hills Grand Rapids

Cinnamon A. Plonka

Farmington Hills Grand Rapids

Cinnamon Plonka is an accomplished litigator who handles a wide array of civil litigation matters, including first-party no-fault and third-party automobile negligence claims, premises liability, employment litigation, fraud, and insurance coverage disputes, both at the trial level and before appellate courts.

Cinnamon has an impressive track record based on her ability to engage the jury and persuade them to her way of thinking. She is passionate about being in the courtroom and her capacity for conveying a convincing story to seven strangers on a jury drives her success and cements her clients’ loyalty.

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Bar Admissions

  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Juris Doctor, 1999

  • Moot Court Board
  • Trial Advocacy Team

Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, 1994


National Institute for Trial Advocacy
June 2004

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Insurance & Indemnity Law and Negligence Law Sections
    • Hearing Panelist, Attorney Discipline Board
  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
    • Director at Large, 2018
    • Treasurer, 2012 – 2015
    • Board of Directors, 2006 – 2015
    • President, 2004 – 2006
    • Mentor/Mentee Program
  • National Bar Association
    • Litigation and Insurance Defense Sections
  • Zausmer, P.C. Diversity Committee
    • Co-Chair
  • Eastern Michigan University Foundation Board of Trustees
    • Trustee
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


  • Running the Bahri Bases in Court
    Insurance Alliance of Michigan Seminar, September 2018
  • New Statutory Fraud Provisions in Runner, Capper, Steerer Laws & Assigned Claims Plan
    Insurance Institute of Michigan Annual Claims Seminar, September 2014
  • Admire v. Auto-Owners, Van Modification
    Insurance Institute of Michigan Annual Claims Seminar, September 2013
  • Trial Preparation from Start to Finish
    Institute for Paralegal Education, November 2012

In the Community

  • City Year Detroit – Women’s Leadership Breakfast, Host Committee

Honors & Awards

  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” – 2017
  • Michigan Top Lawyers – 2015