Seven attorneys from Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC have been honored by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2018, including two selected to the prestigious “Rising Stars” list. Fewer than 5 percent of all attorneys in Missouri and Kansas are selected as Super Lawyers in their respective states.
Listed as Super Lawyers:
Christopher M. Joseph (Topeka/Lawrence), the firm’s managing member. His practice focuses on the defense of individuals and businesses under investigation for, or charged with, criminal misconduct in state and federal court. His practice also includes complex civil litigation and defending professional licensure. A graduate of Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Law, Christopher Joseph is admitted to practice in both Kansas and the Western District of Missouri.
Ross A. Hollander (Wichita), chair of the firm’s Civil Litigation and Employment Law Division. Hollander has practiced management employment law and commercial law for more than 40 years. He is a Past President of numerous bar organizations, including the Wichita Bar Association, the Employment Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association, and the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court. Hollander is a graduate of Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Law. He also served as an adjunct professor at Friends University Master’s Program, teaching Management Labor Relations.
M. Kristine Lawless (Topeka) has extensive experience in complex federal and state criminal cases, including appeals. Her primary practice focuses on family law, and she is certified by the Kansas Supreme Court to perform mediation in domestic cases. Before joining the firm in 1999, Lawless was 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 J.D. at Washburn University School of Law. She has been an adjunct professor for the law school and has served as Judge Pro Tem in the Shawnee County District Court.
Dionne M. Scherff (Overland Park/Kansas City) is an experienced litigator and one of only a handful of lawyers qualified by Kansas to handle death penalty cases. She is one of only two lawyers in Kansas’ history of death penalty cases to get a capital case dismissed. Her criminal defense practice represents clients charged with first degree murder, bank robbery, drug distribution, mortgage fraud, aggravated kidnapping, rape, aggravated indecent liberties, aggravated battery, stalking, electronic solicitation, DUI and juvenile matters. Scherff received her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she now serves as an adjunct professor. Scherff is a Master of the American Inns of Court, Earl E. O’Connor Chapter, and is a member of the Johnson County Bar Association, Wyandotte County Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association and Kansas City Missouri Bar Association, and the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Roger L. Falk (Wichita) has been a distinguished litigator for more than 40 years, covering the full spectrum of criminal defense, from misdemeanor DUIs to all types of homicide, including capital murder. He led a federal class action lawsuit against the Kansas Department of Corrections challenging the KBI’s DNA Data Bank. A graduate of Washburn University and Washburn University School of Law, Falk is admitted to practice in all Kansas state and appellate courts, as well as before the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Active in legal organizations at the state and national levels, his membership and service includes: National Association of DUI Defense Lawyers, Founding Member; National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Legal Committee; Wichita Bar Association, President’s Award Recipient, Chair of the Lawyer Referral Committee and member of the Criminal Law Committee; Kansas Bar Association, Fellow and member of the Criminal Law Section; and Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President, Past Board of Governors Member, President’s Award Recipient, Distinguished Service Award Recipient.
Listed as Super Lawyers Rising Stars:
Casey Y. Meek (Lawrence) focuses his practice on defense of DUI and drug crimes. He is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts, Missouri state courts, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. A graduate of the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law, Meek is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts, Missouri state courts, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, Kansas Bar Association, Douglas County Bar Association, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Carrie E. Parker (Lawrence) practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. Her criminal law practice includes representation during the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges, while her civil practice focuses on representation of individuals and businesses involved in complex civil litigation, civil matters related to constitution and criminal law, and defense of licensed professionals subject to disciplinary proceedings. Parker received her juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and earned admission to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates with exceptional academic achievement. She completed her undergraduate studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC has 18 attorneys 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.