Distal femur fractures are challenging fractures to treat, with nonunion rates as high as 22%. Precontoured locking plates have mitigated some earlier causes of failure, while introducing new challenges. The recognition of troublesome injury patterns and appropriate preoperative planning can avoid common pitfalls. Adjunctive techniques, including the use of a radiolucent triangle, an external fixator, unicortical plates, and crossing K-wires, can assist with fracture reduction and maintenance. It is important to understand the common pitfalls involved with distal femur plating and to consider a wide array of techniques to combat these challenges.