Jonathan Putnam

Jonathan Putnam is the author of the Lincoln and Speed Mystery Series:  These Honored Dead  and Perish from the Earth (New York: Crooked Land Books, 2016 & 2017).

Mr. Putnam has been a trial lawyer in the New York City office of the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP since 1993.  He specializes in representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, often disputes involving intellectual property such as patents or trademarks.  He has been the lead trial counsel in over a dozen trials, conducted around the country in front of juries, judges and professional arbitrators.  He was previously named by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 50 trial lawyers nationwide under the age of 45.  He continues to work as an attorney.

Mr. Putnam graduated from Harvard College in 1988 with honors with a degree in History and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992.  At Harvard Law School, he served on the Harvard Law Review and received the Fay Diploma for graduating first in his class.  After graduation he worked as a law clerk to a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. for a year before joining Kirkland & Ellis.

Mr. Putnam has been active in a number of charitable causes relating to children and access to higher education for less fortunate kids.  He is also the much-criticized commissioner of his family’s fantasy football league and a back-of-the-pack marathon runner, having completed marathons in New York, Chicago, London, Paris and Las Vegas.  He and his wife, Christin Putnam, have three sons.  They live in London and New York.

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