Five attorneys from the Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence offices of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC have been honored by the highly regarded Best Lawyers in America® – 2019 Edition, with two of them receiving “Lawyer of the Year” honors in their respective markets.
Ross A. Hollander was named Wichita Lawyer of the Year in the Labor Law Management Section. He was further recognized for his expertise in Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Hollander is chair of the firm’s Civil Litigation and Employment Law Division and has practiced employment, labor, and commercial law for more than 40 years. Hollander a past president of the Wichita Bar Association, past president of the Kansas Bar Association’s Employment Law Section, and past president of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court. A graduate of Wichita State University, Hollander received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and Defense Research Institute.
Roger L. Falk was honored by Best Lawyers in the area of DUI/DWI Defense. A distinguished litigator for more than 40 years, Falk merged his practice earlier this year with Joseph, Hollander & Craft. His practice covers the spectrum of criminal defense, from misdemeanor DUIs to capital murder cases.
Falk is a graduate of Washburn University and the Washburn University School of Law. He is a Kansas Bar Association Fellow and member of its Criminal Law Section, and a past president of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He serves on the Legal Committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and is a founding member of the National Association of DUI Defense Lawyers.
Kristine Lawless was named Topeka Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White Collar. She was also honored in the sector of Criminal Defense: General Practice. Lawless has extensive experience in complex federal and state criminal cases, including appeals. Her primary practice now focuses on family law, and the Kansas Supreme Court has certified her as a mediator in domestic cases.
Lawless was formerly Chief of the Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office and served as an Assistant Appellate Defender and Public Defender in Shawnee County. A graduate of Wichita State University, Lawless earned her Juris Doctor at Washburn University School of Law. She has been an adjunct professor for the law school and has served as Judge Pro Tem in Shawnee County District Court.
Christopher M. Joseph was honored in the Criminal Defense: General Practice.He 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 and civil asset forfeiture practice groups.
A graduate of Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Law, 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.
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.
Casey Y. Meek earned recognition by Best Lawyers in the area of Criminal Defense: General Practice. His practice has an emphasis on DUI and traffic crimes.
Meek is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Douglas County Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and his juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. He has been named a “Rising Star” by the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® and selected to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2015.
Joseph, Hollander & Craft has 18 lawyers and offices in Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita. The firm’s primary practice areas include complex criminal defense, DUI defense, employment law, family law, medical malpractice, professional liability defense and commercial law. The firm’s attorneys represent clients in municipal, state, federal and appellate courts and before administrative panels.