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I am licensed to practice in both Kansas and Missouri.  I practice criminal, juvenile, municipal and appellate defense in Kansas City Metro Area with a focus on Johnson County.


I have defended everything from the average speeding ticket and traffic infraction to first degree murder at every level in the State of Kansas.  I also defend clients accused of crimes in the Federal Courts of the State of Kansas.


As an attorney, I work to protect my client's rights and interests whether in private negotiations or before the Courts.  I pride myself on good client communication and effectively explaining what options are available to successfully resolve cases.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 30%
    8 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    9 years
  3. Juvenile: 15%
    8 years
  4. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    9 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Retainer (always), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Peter John Marek

    I endorse kate. 7 years of practice with 1 as a DA intern is experienced especially when winning appeals is a regular part of her practice. Her exceptional knowledge of both the law and procedure in 2 states is evident from her pro bono contributions here. Having worked for the DA she has a huge advantage over other criminal defense attorneys. "They know that she knows what they know". Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with her.


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Contact info

Law Office of Kate Zigtema LC

11660 W 75th Street
Shawnee, KS, 66214


MOGood Standing, Active200801/08/2013
KSAuthorized to practice law200707/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Oral Argurment - 1st - Jessup Moot CourtUniversity of Kansas School of Law2005
Oral Argument - 2nd - Jessup Moot CourtUniversity of Kansas School of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Kate Zigtema LC2013 - Present
AttorneyMaughan & Maughan LC2007 - Present
Prosecution Intern - Temporary Licensed AttorneyJohnson County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2007
Clerk/AssistantMartyn Liles, PLLC2003 - 2004
InternOffice Of The Corporation Counsel For The District Of Columbia2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Johnson County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Kansas Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Wichita Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Kansas Women Attorneys AssociationN/AN/A
Missouri State BarN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Coman - Criminal Appeal - Kansas Supreme CourtClient removed from Sex Offender Registry
In Re DR - Juvenile AppealDistrict Court order Reversed - Client removed from sex offender registry
State v. Duncan - Criminal/DUI AppealConviction reversed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2007
Georgetown UniversityInternational Business & Finance (Double)BS - Bachelor of Science2004
Notre Dame de SionN/AHigh School2000
City University LondonN/AStudy AbroadN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kansas Women Attorneys Association ConferenceTraffic Court 1012012