Christopher M. (Chris) Joseph is a criminal defense attorney located in Lawrence, KS. Mr. Joseph represents individuals and businesses during the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges in federal and state courts. He also represents businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation, primarily in federal court. He leads the firm’s criminal defense, judicial conduct, and civil asset forfeiture practice groups. He has considerable experience and success representing federal criminal defendants.
After graduating from law school in 2000, Mr. Joseph was admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, all other Kansas courts, and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. In 2001, he was admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was admitted to practice in the Western District of Missouri in 2005 and the United States Supreme Court in 2017.
Mr. Joseph received his juris doctorate in 2000 from the University of Kansas School of Law. While attending law school, he wrote for the Kansas Law Review and served as an Associate Editor. He was invited to membership in the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates with exceptional academic achievement. Mr. Joseph graduated summa cum laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Joseph was appointed by Chief United States District Judge John Lungstrum, District of Kansas, to serve as his law clerk from 2000 to 2002. He joined Joseph, Hollander & Craft in August of 2002 and has led the firm’s criminal practice group since 2015.
Mr. Joseph is routinely called on to serve in various leadership roles in the legal community. He was selected to serve on merit selection panels for the selection and appointment of federal magistrate judges in 2010, 2015 and 2018, and served as chair of two of the panels. He was also a member of the Bench-Bar Committee for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas from 2009 to 2010. In 2013, he was selected by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to serve on the merit selection panel for the selection and appointment of the District of Kansas Federal Public Defender.
In 2017 and 2018, Mr. Joseph served on the Kansas Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Reformation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws and testified before the legislature on behalf of the Judicial Council. In 2019, he was selected to serve on the Council’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee.
Mr. Joseph has served as the Kansas Vice President for the Tenth Circuit Historical Society since 2018.
Mr. Joseph is a lifetime member of the Kansas and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has served on the Kansas Bar Association criminal law committee and chaired the Topeka Bar Association legislative committee. He regularly gives presentations to other attorneys at continuing legal education seminars throughout the state.
Mr. Joseph has earned Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. He is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, is recognized in the peer-review publication Best Lawyers in America for criminal defense, is designated as one of the top five percent of Kansas lawyers in Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters.