Tamara Putnam has been practicing law for over 15 years in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She attended the University of Missouri at St. Louis to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors. She earned a four year athletic scholarship as a member of the University of Missouri–St. Louis NCAA Women’s Basketball team. Tamara then attended Washburn University School of Law to obtain her Juris Doctorate.
Tamara worked for the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She worked as a drug prosecutor. She was promoted to the lead prosecutor of the Violent Gang Crime Unit. She worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and Street Narcotics Unit (SNU) to prosecute crimes related to illegal production, transfer, sale and possession of controlled substances. As head of the Gang Unit, she focused on the prosecution of violent offenses committed by suspected gang members, including assaults, robberies, armed criminal action and shooting into a dwelling.
After a successful term as a prosecutor, Tamara moved into private practice with a focus on criminal defense. As a former prosecutor, she has a deep understanding of the strategies used by the prosecution and law enforcement to obtain convictions. She prepares for the prosecutor’s tactics and walks into court prepared to defend her client’s case.
Tamara later expanded her practice to include personal injury. She litigates personal injury cases in both Missouri and Kansas from a simple slip and fall to wrongful death. She has an unwavering commitment to assist people who have been injured due to the negligent actions of others. She takes great pride in taking on the profit motivated insurance companies and holding them accountable to fully compensate her clients.
Tamara has focused her practice on criminal defense and serious personal injury her entire career. She has handled countless felonies charges in State Court as a prosecutor and now as a criminal defense counsel. She also focuses her practice on litigation of serious personal injury accidents. Tamara has a fierce reputation as an outstanding advocate excelling in both criminal defense and personal injury.
|KS||Authorized to practice law||1996||04/27/2022|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1995||02/08/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2015|
|Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Certified DWI Detection & Standarized Field Sobriety Testing||NHTSA||2014|
|Cum Laude||University of Missouri, St. Louis||1992|
|Managing Partner||Carter & Putnam, LLC||2010 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Tamara Meeks, LLC||1998 - 2010|
|Assistant District Attorney||Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|Eastern Jackson County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|Kansas Bar Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|Missouri State Bar||Member||1995 - Present|
|34 Washburn Law Journal 556||Will Debtors Win the Battle as Creditors Win the War? Retroactive Recovery of Attorney Fees in Consumer Credit Contracts in Kansas||1995|
|Washburn University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Missouri, St. Louis||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|15 Hour Review of the Law - CLE's for Attorneys||DUI Update on the Law||2019|
|The Time is Now! - CLE for Attorneys||Update of Changes in the Law - DUI/Criminal Law||2018|
|Quick Pitches - DWI CLE||4th Amendment Issues||2018|
|State v. GA||Client charged with Statutory Rape First Degree. Negotiated down to a non-sexual child endangerment offense|
|LK v. Olathe||Settled for Maximum recovery allowed by law against a City|
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