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PJ Putnam, P.C.

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PJ Putnam is an entrepreneurial, results-oriented attorney and business executive with extensive experience analyzing, structuring, negotiating and closing sophisticated domestic and international transactions in both high-tech and low-tech industries. In addition to running his own law firm, PJ has gained experience as a General Counsel while working with several exciting companies that range from the startup to pre-IPO stage; in addition to his executive and in-house experience, he has worked as an attorney for a nationally-ranked large law firm. PJ is a proven strategic and analytical problem-solver who can augment (or capably lead) any executive team to produce professional results while adhering to rigid deadlines.


Additionally, he is both a writer and a film producer – as an Executive Producer, PJ’s latest film Hiding in Plain Sight has won many film festival awards with its call to end transient homelessness.

PJ earned his law degree at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University; studied international law at Oxford College, Oxford, U.K.; earned an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico; and, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the United States Air Force Academy. As a surgery technician, PJ spent time in the mountains of Ecuador near the Colombian border in a field hospital with Medical Ministries, International, providing medical care to those unable to normally receive it.


Prior to earning his law degree, PJ was an international business consultant and a decorated United States Air Force Spec Ops/Rescue Helicopter Pilot with over 3,000 flight hours.


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Preparing to depart from makeshift landing zone on

ridge next to Mt. Pinatubo with USGS personnel.

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Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo (15 June 1991)

As seen from flight line-Clark Air Base - Philippines.

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Clark AFB, my helicopter POV

Nine Days after Big Eruption  (24 June 1991).


Captain Putnam - Albuquerque School (1996).

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Teaching a Cub Scout Pack about civics (2016).

Veta talking with PJ on stage


PJ, the President of the DFW Chapter of the ACC on-stage with the President of ACC International.


Texas Lawyers for Veterans - Pro Bono Clinic (2018).


Installing Volcanic Activity Trackers with USGS

Mt. Pinatubo in background - pre-eruption.


   •  All Texas State Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Fellow, Texas Bar College


University of New Mexico

Certificate in Online Marketing, 2020


Institutional for Nutritional Leadership Dallas, TX

Studied under Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS

Certificate Program, 2016


TechStars Entrepreneurial Program Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Entrepreneurial Excellence Studies, Certificate Program 2014


Texas State Bar Exam Dallas, TX


Southern Methodist University School of Law Dallas, TX

Cum Laude, J.D., May 2003


                 John E. Kennedy Post-Law Graduation Scholarship

                 Dallas Bar Association’s Tax Section’s Award for Excellence in Taxation Studies

                 Who’s Who in American Law Studies 2003

                 Larry D. George Scholarship Recipient

                 Editor in Chief, The American Bar Association’s The International Lawyer

                 Staff Editor, Law in Business Review of the Americas’ Law Journal

                 Member of the Phi Delta Phi (Montieth Inn) legal fraternity


Oxford College Oxford, England

Comparative Studies – U.S./English Common Law


Institute of International Commercial Law at the Pace School of Law Vienna, Austria

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Team Leader, April 2003


University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM

Master of Business Administration, August 1997


Southern California Safety Institute

Certificate in Flight Safety and Flight Mishap Prevention and Investigation 1994


US Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, CO

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences with Major Emphasis in History (1989)

Captain of the Varsity Sabre Fencing Team; WAC Fencing Champion (1988)




  • Trademark Infringement: Can I Bid on My Competitor’s Trademarks as Adwords? Co-author with Vincent Allen, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 2 at 36, Summer 2013.

  • Selected Issues in Private Placements, Co-author, University of Texas 27th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law Problems, February 2005.

  • How to Raise Money Without Registration, Co-author with James R. Peacock III, University of Texas 26th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law Problems, February 2004.

  • Introduction to Symposium on International Company and Securities Law, 37 Int’l Law. 3, Spring 2003.

  • Settlement Negotiations with an Appeals Officer, Co-author, J. Tax Practice & Procedure, Vol. 6, No. 3 at 27, June-July 2003.

  • Mt. Fuji: Friend or Foe?, The Mobility Forum, March-April 1998.



  • This is a Story of . . . Little John (Fly Me to the Moon!). Editor/Publisher. Edutainment Press, an imprint of Mantup Enterprises, LLC, November 11, 2011.

  • Attack the Enemy’s Strategy: Lessons from Counterinsurgency Operations. Editor, Historical Explorations, LLC, February 2009.

  • Forests of Steel: Modern City Combat from the War in Vietnam to the Battle for Iraq. Editor, Historical Explorations, LLC, February 2007.



  • Hiding in Plain Sight, Executive Producer, King & Brown Enterprises, LLC, distributed by BMG Distributions, September 2012, winner of 18 film festival awards.

  • Meyer’s Hill, Writer, Stunt Coordinator, and Producer, Historical Explorations, LLC, distributed online, November 2009, Webby Award Honorable Mention Winner.



  • Stars & Stripes Luncheon & Film Festival, speaker for this Sons of the Flag fundraising event, introduced the movie, Iron Eagle on November 12, 2016.

  • Flying In and Around the Erupting Mt. Pinatubo, key note speaker to the Park Cities Lion’s Club’s monthly meeting, Dallas, Texas, on 15 May 2014.

  • Using Technology to Lower Legal Costs Globally. Panel Member, Sponsored by the Center for American and International Law at CAIL’s Annual 2013 Symposium on Global Markets, Dallas, Texas June 17-18, 2013.

  • Becoming a Lawyer: Tips & Hints to the Profession. Panel Member, Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Black Law Student Association at the RMBLSA’s Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas January 17, 2013.

  • A Gaming Industry Perspective: What We Look For and How We Can Help, Speaker at Game On! Texas 2010, Sponsored by the Texas Film Commission and the City of Austin, held at the AMD Lone Star Campus, April 7, 2010.

  • Legal Issues in Digital Distribution, Speaker at the Games-Business-Law: Summit on the Law and Business of Video Games, Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, January 2010.

  • Choosing a Business Entity, Speech at the University of Monterrey, Mexico, 2005.



  • Rumble-Producing Device. Patent Number US29/483,615. Publication Date: 25 August 2015, Co-Inventors: James Villepigue and Christopher Oliver


  • Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Lawyers – 2020

  • Valor Award – Highest Lifesaving Award available from the Boy Scouts of America (December 2019)

  • Recipient of Collin County Sheriff’s Office’s “Civilian Certificate of Commendation” for saving the life of two truck drivers who had crashed, Sheriff Skinner presented the award (2019)

  • Recipient of Texas House of Representatives Resolution (HR1643 sponsored by Texas State Representative Jeff Leach) to Commend PJ Putnam for Bravery & Lifesaving while Putting His Own Life at Risk – May 28, 2019

  • Congressional Veteran Commendation, selected and presented by the Honorable Sam Johnson (3rd District of Texas) – July 2017

  • Dallas CEO Magazine – Outstanding Community Service (Winner) – 2015

  • US Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s “Service Before Self Award” – 2015

  • Certificate of Life Saving from the Dallas City Counsel and named an Honorary Member of the Dallas Fire Department for saving a family’s lives by rushing into a burning building to evacuate its residents, award presented by Dallas Fire Chief Eddie Burns, who also presented Mr. Putnam with the Dallas Fire Fighter’s Life Saving Award (July 7, 2010).

  • Dallas CEO Magazine – Outstanding Chief Legal Officer (Runner-Up) – 2010

  • Dallas CEO Magazine – Outstanding Community Service (Runner-Up) – 2010

  • Best ACC Chapter of the Year Award (DFW Chapter of the ACC) – 2009

  • Dallas Business Journal’s Best Solo General Counsel (Winner) – 2008

  • Dallas Business Journal’s Rookie General Counsel of the Year (Winner) – 2007


  • Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 198B (2019-Present)

  • Veterans for HB3002, Co-Founder – Drafted and advocated for Texas HB 3002 to help seriously disabled Texas veterans with their property taxes

  • Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) – Member & JAG Officer (2017 – 2020)

  • Health WildCatters, Mentor (2014-Present)

  • Association of Corporate Counsel (“In-House Bar Association”), DFW-Chapter President (2012-2013)

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Board Member (2009-2014)

  • Trinity-Neches Forest Landowner Association, Inc., Board Member (2012-Present)

  • Scout Troop 198 Plano – Assistant Scoutmaster (2016 – 2019)

  • Plano Balloon Festival, Board Member and Finance Chair (2011-2013)

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Board Member (2005-2007)

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Resource Development Committee, Chairman and.                          Business Committee, Member (2005-2007)

  • Master Mason, Sam P. Cochran Lodge of Masonry (2005-2012)

  • Dallas Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Member (2005-2012)

  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) Volunteer (2003-2006)

  • Habitat for Humanity, Site Organizer and Builder (2002)

  • Medical Missions International, Ecuador Surgery Staff (June 2001)

  • New Mexico Special Olympics, Funds Organizer (1995-1998)

  • Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Supervisory Committee (1996-1997)

  • Dallas Bar Association, Member (2003-Present)

  • The Fraternal Order of Daedalians (a military aviator organization), Life Member

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member

  • Disabled Veterans of America, Life Member

  • American Legion, Member

  • Paralyzed Veterans of America, Life Member

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Honor & awards

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Capt. PJ Putnam 1996 Kirkland AFB.

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