Patricia Epstein Putney

Patricia (Patti) Epstein Putney received her Bachelor of Arts from one of the "seven sister colleges," Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) in 1984, and obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from Brooklyn Law School (Brooklyn, NY.) After graduating from law school, Patti was an associate at two well-known litigation defense firms in New York City, before relocating to Madison in 1995.  She joined Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. in 2002.

Patti's practice area relates to the defense of all types of civil litigation. She defends physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in medical malpractice and nursing home cases, as well as in licensing, disciplinary and credentialing disputes. She defends personal injury and wrongful death actions, including automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability, construction, real estate, and insurance coverage disputes. She also regularly defends developers, real estate agents and brokers, and insurance agents.  Patti has had many jury trials throughout the state, has litigated in federal courts and appellate courts and has argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Patti is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Defense Counsel and the Dane County Bar Association. She also formed a group called "Lawyer Moms" comprised of working women attorneys with children. Patti is a regular grader for the Wisconsin Bar Exam, and has graded the "Best Brief" competition for the University of Wisconsin Law School.  She has also been a judge for Moot Court competitions.

Patti was elected to the State Bar Board of Governors, beginning in July, 2018, to serve a two-year term.  The Board of Governors manages and directs the affairs and activities of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

She is a former Chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  This section focuses on the state of the law for civil litigators, tracks pertinent legislation and other matters of concern for litigation attorneys in Wisconsin.

Patti was honored to be nominated and selected as a "2012 Woman in the Law" by the Wisconsin Law Journal.  This award recognizes women in the state who have achieved success in their field, and have paved the way for other women lawyers. 

Patti has been voted by her peers in the legal community as a "Superlawyer" from 2012 through 2018.  In 2013-2015, she was placed on Superlawyers "Top 25" list for Top 25 Madison lawyers, and Top 25 Wisconsin Women Lawyers.

In her spare time, Patti plays the flute and piccolo with the Madison Community Orchestra. She lives in Middleton with her family and pets. She loves to Zumba.

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Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce their firm's Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of 2018. Super Lawyers: William Abbott, Ann Emmerich, Patricia Putney, David Joanis, David McFarlane, John Moore, Ward Richter and Sheila Sullivan. Rising Stars: Laura Lyons and David Ress. (Read More)

The Future of Medical Malpractice Litigation in Wisconsin

"Medical malpractice filings are significantly down in Wisconsin compared with past years. Attorney Patricia Epstein Putney explores why - and whether this is likely to change - in the latest Litigation Blog article, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin Litigation Section." (Read more)

Proposed Elimination of Court Reporters in Workers' Comp Cases

A provision in the Department of Administration's 2017-19 biennial budget calls to "eliminate the requirement that the Division of Hearings and Appeals have a court reporter at every hearing and implement electronic recording of hearings." (Feb. 1, 2017 - Article by Joe Forward - State Bar of Wisconsin Legal Writer; Attorneys Patricia Putney and Laura Lyons quoted in this article.) Read more.

2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce their firm's Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of 2016. Super Lawyers: John Moore, Ward Richter, William Abbott, Ann Emmerich, David McFarlane, Patricia Epstein Putney, Sheila Sullivan and David Joanis. Rising Star: Laura Lyons (Read More.)

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