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Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

Our Priority

Our Clients Come First

At JHC in Lawrence, we always focus on clients first. That means we listen to you with genuine interest so we can craft custom solutions to fit your needs. We maintain regular communication—welcoming your input, offering timely and relevant advice, and keeping you informed about the progress of your case. And we do everything in our power to ensure you receive the highest level of legal services.

Known As

Leaders in Law

The JHC attorneys who serve our Lawrence, Kansas, clients are recognized leaders in the Kansas legal industry. Our client commendations and peer review rankings from Martindale Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Best Lawyers®, and Super Lawyers® reflect our track record of providing exceptional representation. Meanwhile, our history of special appointments and board and committee service demonstrates our devotion to the profession as well as the trust we have earned from our colleagues on the bench and the bar. Both inside and outside of the courtroom, JHC is committed to excellence.

We Are Helpers

How Can We Help You?

Across our civil, criminal, and family law practices, JHC clients share one commonality: they need help. Some of our clients need help with their career or business, some need help for their family, and some are facing profound adversity. But everyone needs help. And JHC’s Lawrence attorneys are ready to provide it. Whether your legal matter presents a challenge or an opportunity, we will help you address it with confidence.

Ready for Anything

Living by the firm’s maxim, JHC Lawrence is Ready for Anything our clients need. Outstanding criminal defense. Top quality family law representation. Exceptional defense for licensed professionals and entities. Peerless civil asset forfeiture counsel. Highly skilled personal injury and wrongful death representation. First-class health care and hospital law guidance. When you need it, we are ready.

Lawrence Family Law Attorneys

JHC’s Lawrence, Kansas, family law attorneys provide personal attention and personalized service. Our family law team offers compassionate counsel and adept advocacy by approaching every case with a focus on collaboration and understanding. We want to learn about you and your family, so we can deliver exactly what you need.

Lawrence Civil Attorneys

JHC’s Lawrence, Kansas, area civil practitioners provide impeccable service and undeniable results in:

Personal Injury Litigation
Professional Licensure Defense
Asset Seizure and Forfeiture
Health and Hospital Law

Lawrence Criminal Defense Lawyers

When your freedom, reputation, and future are at stake, you need a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to prepare your case for success. You need someone who will mount an independent investigation, consider creative defense strategies, and vigorously pursue a just result. You need JHC’s Lawrence, Kansas, criminal defense attorneys.

Joseph, Hollander & Craft - Lawrence

A trusted Kansas law firm with a history of providing exceptional representation, Joseph, Hollander & Craft is proud to serve clients in Lawrence, Kansas, and the surrounding areas. JHC’s Lawrence attorneys offer considered counsel and passionate advocacy in civil, criminal, and family law matters.

JHC’s Lawrence family law attorneys assist clients navigating divorce, annulment, paternity, child custody, and child support with the perfect combination of sensitivity and skill. We provide the same level of compassionate counsel in matters involving guardianships, adoptions, and grandparent rights. In every family law matter, our Lawrence attorneys are dedicated to providing a personalized experience tailored to meet your needs.

The criminal defense attorneys in JHC’s Lawrence office maintain a robust practice in the federal courthouses in Topeka and Kansas City, defending everything from fraud and embezzlement cases to complex drug conspiracies and firearms offenses. We serve clients facing state charges from Clay County to Douglas County—offering superior defense to white-collar criminal charges, drug charges, sex crime charges, and DUIs.

Lawrence is home to JHC’s civil asset forfeiture practice group. With years of experience litigating asset seizure and forfeiture cases, JHC’s attorneys are recognized leaders in this niche area of the law. From Lawrence, we help individuals and businesses combat the forfeiture of property in federal and state courts throughout Kansas. We are also actively involved in efforts to expose civil asset forfeiture abuse and reform laws that facilitate exploitative policing.

JHC’s health and hospital lawyers represent healthcare professionals and organizations in Lawrence, Kansas, and beyond, providing medical malpractice defense; administrative and regulatory defense; and medical staff relations, peer review, risk management, and compliance guidance. With direct experience in hospital administration, we offer valuable perspective in litigation, negotiations, and general counsel.

JHC’s professional licensure attorneys assist Lawrence professionals and businesses in the healthcare, legal, insurance, accounting, and real estate industries with all legal matters pertaining to license applications and denials, investigations undertaken by regulatory boards, and formal disciplinary actions against their licenses.

And our Lawrence personal injury lawyers help individuals who have been harmed by the intentional, negligent, or reckless acts of others recover financial compensation necessary to address their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We also represent families and family representatives in wrongful death lawsuits collect the financial damages they are owed.

A Lawrence law firm with an expansive reach throughout the state, JHC offers clients a unique combination of strong local roots and statewide connections. With more than 20 attorneys practicing criminal, civil, and family law, our clients get a team of professionals on their side. We are Ready for Anything our Lawrence clients need.

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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 JHC?

When you need help with a legal matter affecting your future, your family, or your finances, it is personal. We get it. That is why we offer personalized service. From our top-rated attorneys to our top-tier professional staff, everyone at JHC aims to deliver a first-class experience with a personal touch.

It often begins with a referral. Our former clients and fellow attorneys trust us to do right by anyone who comes our way, and we do not disappoint. From your initial interaction with the firm to the resolution of your case, you can expect capable service attentively delivered.

When you call us, you’ll speak with an in-house receptionist—someone who knows the firm and what each of our attorneys can do to help you. Unlike other law firms, JHC will never forward you to a call center.

When you meet with a JHC attorney, you will notice that we listen. We want to hear what you want and what you need so we can ensure our advice and counsel is tailored to your specific situation.

You can check out our accolades and news reports of successful outcomes for clients. But we do not rest on what we have accomplished in the past. Focused on the present, our chief concern is what we can do for you now.

For a Lawrence, Kansas law firm that will put you first, choose JHC.

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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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