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Olympia, Washington is my home town.  After law school, I practiced in Las Vegas, Nevada for about 8 years in the areas of workers compensation and personal injury.  I then decided to return to my home town and joined the firm of Putnam Lieb to continue working on behalf of injured persons.


At Putnam Lieb, we take the insult out of injury.  When you've been injured on the job, in an auto accident, or because of someone else's negligence, the challenges of recovery can be overwhelming.  At Putnam Lieb, we put our experience to work to ensure our case is tailored to YOUR needs.  There aren't any cookie-cutter approaches at Putnam Lieb.  We personally involve ourselves in helping you restore your life. 


We have successfully managed over 10,000 cases and will continue to represent those who need help in the Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pierce, and King Counties. 


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    16 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 50%
    16 years



Contingent (10-33%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Celia Marie Rivera

    I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent attorney! I highly recommend her!


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    I endorse Kathryn. She is a very thoughtful and professional lawyer.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Tier 1 Law FirmUS News & World Report2015
Tier 1 Law FirmUS News & World Report2014
Rising Stars of WashingtonSuper Lawyers2013
Tier 1 Ranking - Best Law FirmsU.S. News & World Report2013
Rising Stars of WashingtonSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPutnam Lieb Potvin2007 - Present
Associate AttorneyCraig Kenny & Associates1999 - 2007
Extern / ClerkUS District Court - District of Nevada1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeCo-Chair2007 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Nevada State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MGM Mirage v. Cotton, 121 Nev. 396, 116 P.3d 56 (2005)Win. The Nevada State Supreme Court adopted the premises-related exception to the going and coming rule and awarded the worker benefits.
Grover C. Dils Medical Center v. Menditto, 121 Nev. 278, 112 P.d 1093 (2005)Favorable. The Court more clearly defined the last injurious exposure rule for the State of Nevada making it easier for workers to properly file their claim.
Vredenburg v. sedgwick CMS, 124 Nev. 553, 188 P.3d 1084 (2008).Win. The Court awarded industrial insurance benefits to the surviving widow.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Putnam Lieb BlogVarious Articles2015
Putnam Lieb Blogvarious articles2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
California Lutheran UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Last Chance C.L.E.Workers Compensation Legal Updates2005