Elliot Platt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1966. After a year as a VISTA Volunteer, he became employed at Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked at CLS for fifteen years, representing people who could not afford to pay counsel. Since then, for more than 32 years, he has been in private practice, most of that time, and currently, as a sole practitioner. He has litigated in many areas of law on behalf of a broad range of clients.