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Catherine Ann Zigtema

Appeals Attorney at Shawnee, KS

5.0   1 review

also known as Kate Zigtema

  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 15 years
    Kansas - KS 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2008
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Catherine

Learn Catherine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Appellate matters to the Kansas Court of Appeals, Kansas Supreme Court and post conviction matters including habeas corpus and 60-1507 Motions for ineffective assistance of counsel.

    15 years

  2. Criminal defense

    16 years

  3. Juvenile law

    15 years

  4. Family
    Child in Need of Care Proceedings

    13 years

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.

Contact Catherine

Zigtema Law Office
11660 W 75th Street
Shawnee, KS, 66214


5.0 / 5.0
  1 customer review
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Posted by Daniel | February 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
President, Tauy Oil, Inc.
Kate Zigtema is all business in the best possible way. She wastes no time and no words, spoken or written, and keeps the narrowest possible focus on the best possible legal outcome achievable for her client. She is, in a word and in my experience, quite literally, a lifesaver.


  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Kate Zigtema LC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Maughan & Maughan LC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Prosecution Intern - Temporary Licensed Attorney
  • Johnson County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Clerk/Assistant
  • Martyn Liles, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Intern
  • Office Of The Corporation Counsel For The District Of Columbia
  • 2001 - 2002
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  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • Georgetown University
  • Bachelor's of Science
  • 2004
  • Notre Dame de Sion
  • High School
  • 2000
  • City University London
  • Study Abroad
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Ellie v. State of Kansas
  • New Trial Granted, Convictions Reversed
  • Davis v. State of Kansas
  • New plea agreement reached, Sentenced reduced by 50%
  • State v. Albin
  • Conviction vacated for lack of evidence. Client released from prison.
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  • Earl E. O'Connor American Inn of Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association
  • N/A
  • Missouri State Bar
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Oral Argurment - 1st - Jessup Moot Court
  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • 2005
  • Oral Argument - 2nd - Jessup Moot Court
  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association Conference
  • Traffic Court 101
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (2)
Endorse Catherine
Appeals Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is a solid advocate. You will not find a person whom fights for her clients with such tenacity."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is brilliant on technical and appellate issues. I talk to her all the time to get her input on complicated issues. She's a fantastic attorney."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the years, I have observed Ms. Zigtema practicing in multiple courts. She is highly knowledgeable and a zealous representative."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is an excellent criminal defense attorney who is a passionate advocate for her clients. Kate is smart, and she knows the ins and outs of case law and statutes from her appeal work, where she has been successful on some very notable cases. Kate also has confidence and personality, which makse her a great trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kate is a knowledgeable and dedicated criminal defense and appellate attorney. She works tirelessly for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kate is a great lawyer who serves her clients well with a wide breadth of legal knowledge and superior courtroom skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to assist! Class Act!"
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