Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

Committed To

Client-Centered Service

JHC’s Kansas City attorneys make client satisfaction our top priority. Our exceptional client reviews reflect a dedication to communication and a laser-like focus on getting results. With JHC on your side, you get more than an advocate. You get a counselor committed to understanding—and meeting—your specific needs.

Known For

Professionalism & Prowess

JHC’s Kansas City attorneys are routinely recognized as leaders in the legal industry. Among our Kansas City practitioners, you will find professors chosen to educate the next generation of lawyers, individuals appointed to statewide and local advisory committees and boards, and an attorney honored as Greenway Magazine’s “Best of the Cannabis Industry.” Our Kansas City lawyers have also earned “AV” and “Distinguished” rankings from Martindale Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; commendations from Best Lawyers®; and recognition by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers®.

We Help KC

Let Us Help You

Clients across Kansas City seek us out when they need help. Some are starting a family, some are starting a business, and some are starting over following a tremendous life change. Whether you need help with an exciting new adventure or a challenging situation, we want to guide you through it. We know the law can seem daunting. Our goal is to take that burden off your plate.

Ready for Anything

Consistent with the firm’s credo, JHC Kansas City aims to be Ready for Anything our clients need—and any challenges that arise along the way. First-rate criminal defense. Top-notch family law counsel. Discerning and capable personal injury representation. Unmatched legal support for licensed professionals. Veteran healthcare and hospital law practice. Superior guidance regarding Missouri cannabis law. You need it? We are ready.

Kansas City Family Law Attorneys

JHC’s Kansas City family law attorneys believe in customized service. We get to know our clients and tailor our representation to their specific needs. Let us help you build and execute a legal strategy that puts your family and your future first.

Kansas City Civil Attorneys

Our boutique civil practice groups serve the niche needs of Kansas City—offering the unique expertise you need for:

Personal Injury Litigation
Professional Licensure Defense
Cannabis Law
Health and Hospital Law

Kansas City Criminal Defense Lawyers

Perhaps the most critical decision you make when charged with a crime is who to hire as your criminal defense attorney. You need a lawyer with a record of success—someone you can trust to thoroughly investigate the charges, evaluate all defenses, and prepare a winning strategy. JHC’s Kansas City criminal defense lawyers are just who you need.

Joseph, Hollander & Craft - Kansas City

Joseph, Hollander & Craft is a premier Midwestern law firm serving clients in Kansas and Missouri. Known for providing legal representation of the highest caliber, you can trust JHC’s Kansas City attorneys to offer insightful advice, develop creative solutions, and zealously advocate for your rights and interests.

Our Kansas City office is home base to JHC’s personal injury and wrongful death practice group. Dedicated to helping Kansans and Missourians recovering from life-altering injuries, JHC’s Kansas City personal injury lawyers pursue the justice and financial compensation you need. They also ensure that grieving families who have lost their loved ones do not have to pay for others’ wrongful acts.

The Kansas City location also houses our cannabis law attorneys, who advise Missouri businesses regarding regulations pertaining to hemp and marijuana; help them maintain compliance; and address problems—such as license denials, suspensions and revocations, shut-down orders, product and packaging rejections and recalls, criminal arrests and indictments, tax claims and audits, and local government and zoning—when they do arise.

JHC’s top-rated Kansas City criminal defense attorneys assist clients facing federal criminal charges, white-collar criminal charges, drug charges, sex crime charges, and DUIs. We defend adults and juveniles charged with crimes in the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri; the district courts in Kansas and Missouri; and municipal courts throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

With unmatched skill and commitment to client needs, JHC’s Kansas City family law attorneys offer compassionate counsel to clients dealing with divorce, annulment, paternity, child custody, and child support. We also assist with guardianships, adoptions, and grandparent rights matters.

JHC’s Kansas City health and hospital lawyers provide medical malpractice defense, compliance counsel for healthcare providers, and administrative/regulatory defense in Kansas and Missouri, while our professional licensure attorneys assist licensed professionals and businesses in healthcare, legal, accounting, insurance, and real estate with license applications and denials, administrative and disciplinary investigations, and formal actions against their licenses.

A Kansas City law firm committed to supporting the Heart of America, JHC combines the personalized experience of small firm practice with resources usually only found at larger firms. With more than 20 attorneys practicing criminal, civil, and family law, our unique combination of manpower, collective wisdom, and local connections consistently result in positive outcomes for our clients. We are Ready for Anything, Kansas City.

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Our Values


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


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.


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.

Why Hire JHC?

You’re on the hunt for the best Kansas City law firm for your legal matter, and you have options. Why should you choose JHC?

When you hire JHC, you get a team working on your behalf. From our highly skilled litigators and counselors to the top-tier professional staff working behind the scenes, everyone at JHC is dedicated to making your experience the best it can be. Whether your legal matter affects your freedom, your family, your future, or your finances, it is always personal. That’s why we focus on providing personalized service.

It begins with an in-house reception team that knows our firm, our practice, our attorneys, and what we can do for you. Unlike other firms, we will never forward you to a call center.

When you meet with our attorneys, we listen. We focus on understanding your objectives before we offer any advice.

When it is our turn to talk, we are transparent—about the strengths and weaknesses of your legal situation, viable paths to resolution, and budget expectations.

We are fiercely committed to doing right by our clients in every situation. In personal interactions, research and preparation, strategic negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or formal litigation, you are our top priority.

With physical footprints and resources in four locations beyond our Kansas City office, we have wide-ranging support, contacts, and relationships to advance your interests.

Finally, we have a proven track record of delivering results. We don’t just get the job done. We get the job done right.

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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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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. In addition to his courtroom practice, Mr. McHugh counsels entities and individuals on law relating to cannabis, marijuana, and hemp projects; represents entities seeking medical marijuana licensure; and assists in all manner of related regulatory issues.

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Christopher M. McHugh

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Dustin Curry is a criminal defense attorney located in Lawrence, KS, who represents criminal defendants in all state and federal courts in Kansas.

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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 lawyer 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 law practitioner. Rachel is committed to treating her clients with respect, and resolving their cases as efficiently and fairly as possible.

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Rachel C. Whitsitt

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Mr. Goodwin is an experienced litigation attorney whose practice focuses on representing personal injury plaintiffs in the transportation, financial, utility, and manufacturing industries. He has represented clients in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, professional liability, products liability, property damage, insurance coverage and business disputes. Mr. Goodwin has extensive experience in commercial motor vehicle accidents, having litigated trucking cases in more than 20 states.

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Andrew J. Goodwin

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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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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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Matthew (Matt) Johnston is a personal injury plaintiffs’ attorney located in Kansas City, Missouri. Matt focuses the majority of his practice on representing individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries or traumatic brain injuries caused by the negligence of others as well as family members who have lost loved ones due to others’ negligent behavior.

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Matthew A. Johnston

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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


We had several conversations while interviewing lawyers but none as professional as the one we had with Joseph, Holland & Craft. If you are reading this, you are most likely trying to find someone who knows there 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 there stuff. We were very pleased working with everyone at this law firm. I can guarantee it is worth a call if you need expert advise, 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

View the latest edition of the Legal Ethics & Malpractice Reporter.

Our Locations

Kansas City | 816-673-3900

926 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64106

Lawrence | 785-856-0143

5200 Bob Billings Pkwy, #201
Lawrence, KS 66049

Overland Park | 913-948-9490

10104 W 105th St
Overland Park, KS 66212

Topeka | 785-234-3272

1508 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612

Wichita | 316-262-9393

500 N Market St
Wichita, KS 67214

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