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Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

Your Go-To

Heartland Law Firm

In and out of court, Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s top-rated attorneys deliver the top-quality, strategic legal counsel you have been looking for. We are by your side when the outcome is personal and the result is life-changing. And, with offices in Kansas City, Overland Park, Lawrence, Topeka, and Wichita, we are everywhere you need us to be.

We Deliver

Excellence When You Need It

At JHC, excellence is not a fluke. It is a habit. Our clients trust us with the most important aspects of their lives—their freedom, their families, their careers. It is an honor we do not take lightly. So we make a habit of earning that trust by delivering the highest quality representation to each and every client.

We are

Ready for Anything

Joseph, Hollander & Craft operates according to the maxim, in omnia paratus, meaning “ready for anything.” That is our motto. Instilled in the firm by its founders and carried through decades in action, the attorneys at JHC are disciplined workers, lifelong learners, and always preparing for what is ahead. When you need us, we are Ready for Anything.

How We Help Clients

Joseph, Hollander & Craft is a premier Heartland law firm serving the criminal, civil, and family law needs of clients across Kansas and Missouri. When you want the attorney standing beside you to be skilled, prepared, and effective, you can rely on JHC to get the job done. We defend individuals facing life-changing criminal prosecutions. We protect children and property in divorce cases. We pursue personal injury relief for victims of auto collisions, fires, and other tragic accidents. We help doctors, nurses, judges, attorneys, accountants, real estate agents, and other professionals protect their licenses and continue their hard-earned practices. And we offer unmatched health care and hospital law counsel and advocacy. From our offices in Kansas City, MO; Overland Park, KS; Lawrence, KS; Topeka, KS; and Wichita, KS, JHC has you covered.

Where We Have Come From | Where We Are Going

Joseph, Hollander & Craft was founded by Stephen Joseph and Ross Hollander in 2001. The brothers-in-law sought to provide the Wichita community superior representation in civil and criminal litigation. Soon after, the family business expanded to Topeka, and Christopher Joseph (Steve’s son and Ross’s nephew) took the helm as leader of the firm’s northern office.

As the firm’s reputation for excellence grew, so did our practice areas and physical footprint.

During the first decade of the firm’s operations, we slowly added family law to our repertoire and opened a Lawrence location. Then, in 2011, Julia Craft brought her distinguished family law practice to our Wichita branch and joined the firm’s leadership team. To reflect the new partnership, the firm previously known as Joseph & Hollander, PA, was renamed Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC.

With a track record of successfully advising and representing our clients, JHC continued to attract and recruit top-tier attorneys and broaden the reach of our services to additional locations. We opened our Overland Park office in 2016 and our Kansas City office in 2018.

Today, JHC operates out of five offices that span two states. But the core of our origins abides: quality legal representation you can count on. Across Kansas and Missouri, we provide clients from all walks of life with top-rated criminal, civil, and family law advice, advocacy, and defense at the local, state, and federal levels.

Ever mindful of the future, we remain committed to progress and innovation—in our firm specifically and in the law generally. We embrace technology, support flexibility, and promote continuous learning and professional development.

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Our Values

Quality

We are committed to quality in everything we do. Our work is thoroughly researched, well-reasoned, and presented clearly and effectively.

Integrity

We are honest, ethical, and respectful in our interactions with clients, opposing counsel, and the court. We stand by our words and expect to be held accountable for our actions.

Progress

In all things, we seek forward momentum. We advance our clients’ interests, we value our own professional development, and we seek to be forces of positive change in the legal community.

Our Team Mentality

At JHC, we leverage the power of teamwork for the benefit of our clients.

JHC has a team of more than 20 attorneys serving clients across the state of Kansas and into Missouri. Each attorney has individual talents, unique experience, and distinct connections, which they share across practice areas, office locations, and cases. We know that, together, we are greater than the sum of our parts. So we work together to achieve greatness on behalf of our clients.

JHC’s top-notch lawyers are supported by extraordinary staff who are dedicated to making each client’s experience the best it can be. Our legal support professionals and administrative staff facilitate the seamless coordination of multiple offices, allowing the firm to provide legal services across a wide geographic span. Because everyone at JHC knows the clients come first, we all band together to prioritize quality work product and personal service.

The entire firm approaches legal representation as a collaborative process. We don’t just work for our clients, we work with them. We value your input. We want you to feel confident and in control of your case. We find answers, develop strategies, and provide information and advice. But you set your case objectives and you call the shots on the big issues because we recognize the consequences of your case ultimately rest with you. We are your partners—committed to helping you get where you need to go.

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Meet Our Attorneys

Christopher (Chris) Joseph represents individuals and businesses during the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges in federal and state courts and in complex civil litigation. Chris leads the firm’s criminal defense, asset forfeiture, and judicial discipline practice groups. As JHC’s Managing Member, Chris embodies the firm’s motto: Ready for Anything.

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Christopher M. Joseph

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Julia Craft is a family law attorney in Wichita, KS, whose practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, premarital agreements, separation agreements, guardianships, and child in need of care proceedings. She also prepares wills and powers of attorney.

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Julia A. Craft

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Dionne Scherff is a criminal defense attorney located in Overland Park, KS, who defends adult and juvenile clients in courts throughout Kansas and Missouri who have been accused of crimes. Ms. Scherff has extensive experience litigating felony jury trials in both federal and state courts. She is one of only a handful of Kansas lawyers qualified by Kansas to handle death penalty cases, and is one of only two lawyers in Kansas’ history of death penalty cases to get a capital case dismissed. She represents individuals in all types of criminal matters.

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Dionne M. Scherff

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Mr. Hoeme’s practice is concentrated in criminal litigation across the State of Kansas, and he has represented clients in 85 of Kansas’ 105 counties. Mr. Hoeme has a distinguished practice in representing Kansas Law Enforcement Officers and Agencies in matters of professional affairs and investigations. He also represents individuals and organizations during the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges in municipal, state, and federal courts of Kansas. Mr. Hoeme has also represented persons accused in criminal cases ranging from domestic violence, DUI, murder, and white collar crimes. Mr. Hoeme’s breadth of experience includes serving as special prosecutor for county or district attorneys in prosecution of political figures or other conflicts of interest.

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Jess W. Hoeme

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With over 10 years’ experience working for regulatory agencies of the State of Kansas, Ms. Bellquist now utilizes her government experience to defend licensed individuals and entities before their respective regulatory boards. Her regulatory defense practice includes appealing application denials, responding in investigations of complaints, negotiating settlement agreements, defending against allegations in formal disciplinary proceedings, and petitioning for judicial review of agency actions.

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Professional licensure defense attorney Diane Bellquist in front of Johnson County District Courthouse in Olathe, KS Diane L. Bellquist

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Ardith Smith-Woertz is a family law attorney located in Topeka, KS, whose practice focuses on family law cases involving divorce, child support, child custody and residency, parenting issues, and parentage. She also prepares wills. Ms. Smith-Woertz serves clients throughout the northeastern quadrant of the state. Ms. Smith-Woertz is a Certified Mediator through the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration and regularly acts as a mediator/conciliator for parties involved in domestic disputes.

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Ardith Smith-Woertz

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Carrie E. Parker is a criminal defense and civil litigation attorney located in Lawrence, KS. Ms. Parker represents individuals and businesses during the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges in federal and state courts. She also represents businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation and property holders seeking the return of assets seized for forfeiture. Devoting much of her practice to persuasive writing, Ms. Parker has ample experience with district court motion practice and appellate advocacy.

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Carrie E. Parker

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Boyd McPherson is an attorney located in Wichita, KS, who practices family law and criminal defense. His family law practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, premarital agreements, separation agreements, child in need of care, and juvenile offenders. His criminal law practice consists of defense of persons charged with crimes in state and municipal courts.

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Boyd R. McPherson

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Anne M. Kindling devotes her legal practice to health and hospital law, administrative and regulatory defense, and general civil litigation. Ms. Kindling counsels organizational and individual health care providers in connection with all aspects of health and hospital law, including regulatory compliance, business transactions, medical staff relations, peer review and risk management, professional licensure, and defense of medical malpractice claims throughout Kansas. Her civil litigation practice includes insurance defense, business disputes, and appellate advocacy. Ms. Kindling also prepares health care directives.

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Anne M. Kindling

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Ms. Erickson’s diverse practice includes all levels of adult felonies and misdemeanors, including drug manufacturing, sale, and possession; sex offenses; aggravated battery; aggravated robbery; homicide; domestic violence; property crimes; all levels of juvenile crime; DUIs and other traffic offenses. She also represents individuals before administrative panels, including school board expulsion hearings and driver’s license suspension hearings.

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Lindsey P. Erickson

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Mr. McHugh is a litigator with decades of experience defending individuals and businesses in civil and criminal litigation in Kansas and Missouri courts.

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Christopher M. McHugh

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Dustin Curry is an attorney based in Lawrence and Topeka, KS, who litigates criminal defense, family law, and personal injury cases in all Kansas courts.

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Dustin J. Curry

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Shawna Miller is a Topeka family law attorney who serves Kansas clients with matters involving divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and paternity. Shawna also prepares prenuptial agreements and handles child in need of care (CINC) matters.

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Shawna R. Miller

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Christine P. Rosengreen is a family law attorney located in Kansas City, MO. Ms. Rosengreen practices in all areas of family law, including but not limited to, divorce, paternity, modification, guardianship, Guardian ad Litem and adoption. A life-long advocate for children and families, she is a Certified Family Law Mediator for the State of Missouri.

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Kansas City family law attorney Christine Rosengreen Christine Pina Rosengreen

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Casey Y. Meek is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Kansas City, MO and Topeka, KS. Mr. Meek is licensed in Kansas and Missouri and he practices in municipal, state and federal courts throughout the Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City metropolitan areas. Mr. Meek represents individuals during the investigation and prosecution of felony and misdemeanor charges, including: drug & alcohol offenses; DUI & other traffic offenses; property crimes; person crimes; and probation violations. Mr. Meek also assists clients with expungements of criminal investigations and convictions.

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Casey Y. Meek

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Rachel Whitsitt is an Overland Park family law attorney whose practice focuses on matters of divorce, paternity, child support, child custody and residency, parenting issues, and spousal maintenance. Rachel serves clients throughout Kansas and Missouri, with the majority of her practice occurring in Johnson, Wyandotte, and Jackson counties. She is a certified collaborative divorce (or, collaborative law) practitioner. Rachel is committed to treating her clients with utmost respect, and resolving their cases as efficiently and fairly as possible.

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Rachel C. Whitsitt

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Taryn Folston is a Wichita family law attorney whose family law practice currently includes matters of divorce, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, premarital agreements, separation agreements, guardianships, and child in need of care proceedings.

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Taryn A. Folston

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Wichita criminal defense attorney Keith Edwards represents individuals charged with criminal offenses throughout municipal and state courts in Kansas.

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JHC Wichita Criminal Defense Attorney Keith Edwards B. Keith Edwards

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Ms. Wittman’s family law practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, paternity, and premarital agreements.

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Hannah R. Wittman

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Rylee Broyles practices family law and civil law. She helps family law clients in and around Wichita navigate divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and paternity. Her civil practice, which extends to all Kansas state and federal courts, includes civil litigation defense, personal injury actions, regulatory and licensure defense, and health and hospital law.

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Rylee M. Broyles

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Rachel Highsmith is a family law attorney based in JHC’s Overland Park office. She counsels and advocates for clients in matters involving divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, guardianship, and grandparent rights.

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Rachel A. Highsmith

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Mackenzie Orchard’s Wichita-based family law practice includes matters of divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, guardianships, adoption, and Child in Need of Care (CINC).

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Mackenzie Orchard portrait Mackenzie P. Orchard

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Kylee Tokoi represents clients in family law matters including divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and guardianship, and prepares and advises clients regarding prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

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Kylee Tokoi Kylee A. Tokoi

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Marisa No assists clients with Missouri family law matters including divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, guardianship, and adoption.

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Testimonials

We had several conversations while interviewing lawyers but none as professional as the one we had with Joseph, Hollander & Craft. If you are reading this, you are most likely trying to find someone who knows their stuff, so look no further. We were fortunate to have found this firm and can honestly say that they are very knowledgeable, trustworthy, and know their stuff. We were very pleased working with everyone at this law firm. I can guarantee it is worth a call if you need expert advice, help, and a solid lawyer! Thank you again for your expertise and helping us through a difficult situation.

Deborah Glasgow

Legal Ethics & Malpractice Resources for Attorneys

Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s legal ethics and malpractice group is pleased to offer resources on this subject to their friends and colleagues in the bar.

Currently, JHC offers two resources of significant value to the legal community in Kansas, Missouri, and across the US: our monthly Legal Ethics & Malpractice Reporter (LEMR) publication, and free, quarterly continuing legal education (CLE) seminars.

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January 31, 2023

Legal Ethics & Malpractice Reporter, Vol. 4, No. 1

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Our Blog

JHC 2024 Best Lawyers include: Chris Joseph, Julia Craft, Dionne Scherff, Kris Lawless, Jess Hoeme, Diane Bellquist, Ardith Smith-Woertz, Chris McHugh, Christine Rosengreen, Casey Meek, Rachel Whitsitt, and Drew Goodwin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2023 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC is pleased to announce that 12 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. “Best Lawyers […]

Criminal defense attorney Jess Hoeme hugs client Ashley Pearson after big win in court

Hoeme wins murder charge dismissal in Ashley Pearson boyfriend-stabbing case Sumner County judge grants Pearson full immunity in Kansas stand-your-ground case August 11, 2023 WICHITA, Kan. — Thanks to the effective defense counsel of Jess Hoeme, Kansas mother Ashley Pearson was permanently cleared of all criminal charges in the 2018 fatal stabbing of her boyfriend, Kyle […]

Chris Joseph Topeka criminal defense lawyer of the year 2023 best lawyers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Overland Park, August 18, 2022 — Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC attorney Chris Joseph was recently recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense: General Practice in Topeka, Kansas. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the […]

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Our Locations

Kansas City | 816-673-3900

926 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64106
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Lawrence | 785-856-0143

5200 Bob Billings Pkwy, #201
Lawrence, KS 66049
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Overland Park | 913-948-9490

10104 W 105th St
Overland Park, KS 66212
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Topeka | 785-234-3272

1508 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612
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Wichita | 316-262-9393

500 N Market St
Wichita, KS 67214
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