Plato Cacheris (born 1929) is an American lawyer.
Cacheris is the son of a Greek immigrant. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father co-owned a chain of restaurants including the historic downtown restaurant The Waffle Shop in Washington, D.C. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer candidate, but left in 1953 to enter law school. Cacheris graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1956. He is currently a name partner in the law firm of Trout and Cacheris in Washington, D.C.
Cacheris has represented various figures in Washington, D.C. scandals, including:
- Defense of Attorney General John N. Mitchell, Watergate scandal figure, with his former partner, the late William G. Hundley.
- Defense of Fawn Hall, Iran-Contra scandal figure, who worked with Oliver North.
- Defense of Congressman Michael "Ozzy" Myers, ABSCAM scandal.
- Co-representation, with Jacob Stein, of Monica Lewinsky, associate of President Bill Clinton.
- Plea bargain for Aldrich Ames, CIA officer turned Russian agent, that enabled his wife to receive a lighter jail sentence for aiding and abetting Ames' espionage.
- Defense of Robert Hanssen, FBI agent and secret agent for the Soviet Union; a plea bargain allowed him to avoid the death penalty in exchange for complete cooperation in revealing his activities to the government, but not to the public. His wife would receive a "survivor" pension.
- Defense of Lawrence Franklin of the AIPAC lobbyist Espionage Act controversy
- Defense of Ana Montes, analyst of the Defense Intelligence Agency who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage for the Intelligence Directorate of Cuba
In April 2014, The New York Times reported that during the summer of 2013, NSA leaker Edward Snowden retained Cacheris to negotiate a plea deal with federal prosecutors that would allow Snowden to return to the U.S. and spare him significant prison time. However, The Times noted that nearly a year after Cacheris became involved, negotiations remain at an early stage and no agreement appears imminent.
- Elaine Shannon and Ann Blackman, The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History, Little Brown, 2002, page21 ISBN 0-316-71821-1
- Savage, Charlie; Apuzzoapril, Matt (April 28, 2014). "Snowden Retained Expert in Espionage Act Defense". The New York Times.