Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC


Support & Results

When you have a legal matter to address, you need the support of a knowledgeable attorney who can provide information and advice that will empower you in your next steps. You need a skilled lawyer with a proven track record who knows how to get results. For your criminal, civil, or family law matter in Topeka, you need JHC.


Recognized Leaders

JHC’s Topeka attorneys are known throughout the legal community as leaders in our fields of practice. Among our Topeka practitioners is a criminal defense attorney who has been repeatedly honored as Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense practice; a family law attorney who has served on the Kansas Judicial Council’s Family Law Advisory Committee for more than two decades; and healthcare lawyer with a decade of experience in risk management at a major Kansas hospital. For top-tier representation in Topeka, contact the leaders at JHC.


Helping People

Rather than representing big businesses and corporations, JHC focuses on helping people. It is something our civil, criminal, and family law practice groups all have in common. We all represent individuals who come to us in times of need. Our clients come from all walks of life, each facing distinct challenges—and we have made it our job to help.

Ready for Anything

JHC operates pursuant to the credo Ready for Anything. Distinguished family law representation. Superlative criminal defense. First-rate defense of licensed professionals. Personal injury and wrongful death representation with impressive results. Civil asset seizure and forfeiture counsel a step above the rest. Unmatched health care and hospital law guidance. When you need an attorney for your civil, criminal, or family law matter, we are ready.

Topeka Family Law Attorneys

JHC’s Topeka family law attorneys are caring counselors, sharp advisors, capable negotiators, and fierce litigators. With experience you can trust to guide you through divorce, parentage, post-decree modification, adoption, and guardianship matters, our family law practitioners are exactly who you need by your side.

Topeka Civil Attorneys

JHC’s civil attorneys are recognized leaders in their fields of practice. In Topeka and beyond, we offer superior representation when it comes to:

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

Topeka Criminal Defense Attorneys

Your choice of criminal defense attorney can prove critical to the resolution of your case. When you are combatting criminal allegations, you need a criminal defense lawyer with proven prowess. JHC’s Topeka criminal defense attorneys have been tested, and we have demonstrated—time and again—our ability to achieve favorable results for our clients.

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One of Topeka’s leading law firms, JHC has served clients in the capital city and surrounding areas for more than two decades. Since opening our doors on Topeka Boulevard, we have made waves inside and outside the courtroom—taking on leadership roles in the legal community and earning historic victories for clients.

JHC’s Topeka criminal defense attorneys are renowned for successfully representing criminal defendants in district courts and on appeal. We provide superior representation to individuals charged with white-collar crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes, and DUIs. With a history of achieving favorable outcomes for clients facing federal, state, and municipal charges, JHC’s Topeka criminal defense lawyers are exactly who you want working on your case.

With remarkable skill and efficacy, JHC’s Topeka family law attorneys help clients make informed decisions and achieve beneficial results in cases involving divorce, annulment, paternity, child custody, child support, and related issues. We also provide thoughtful counsel in matters involving guardianships, adoptions, and grandparent rights. In every case, we endeavor to manage the details and complexities of the law so our clients can focus on their futures and their families.

JHC’s Topeka office is headquarters for our health and hospital law practice, which spans across the state of Kansas. Our skilled practitioners defend healthcare professionals against medical malpractice claims; provide administrative and regulatory defense to healthcare providers and entities; and offer legal counsel regarding medical staff relations, peer review, risk management, and compliance issues. Led by an attorney with a decade of hospital administration experience, our health and hospital law team brings clients a vantage point few others can.

The close proximity of JHC’s Topeka location to most Kansas regulatory boards and agencies’ offices allows our professional licensure defense lawyers to maintain ongoing relationships with agency staff and keep apprised of current issues in a timely manner. This connection, developed over years of regular practice with these administrative bodies, aids our professional licensure defense attorneys in delivering peerless defense of licensed professionals and professional entities in Topeka and beyond.

Our Topeka personal injury lawyers represent the victims of car crashes, tractor trailer collisions, motorcycle accidents, workplace injuries, fires and explosions, and other life-altering experiences resulting in physical harm and emotional trauma. We help them pursue claims for medical expenses, lost wages and diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Likewise, our Topeka wrongful death attorneys prosecute actions on behalf of family members who have lost loved ones due to the fault of another.

JHC’s civil asset forfeiture lawyers serve clients whose cash has been seized in Topeka and everywhere else in Kansas. We guide our clients through the claim process, review all stops and seizures for police misconduct, and litigate suppression and lawful possession issues in Kansas federal and state courts.

You can count on JHC’s Topeka attorneys to unravel complex legal problems, develop clever solutions, provide thoughtful guidance, and fiercely advocate on your behalf. We aim to be the go-to law firm for your civil, criminal, and family law needs in Topeka and surrounding areas.

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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 Should You Choose JHC?

No one sets out looking for a law firm that’s “good enough.” When it comes to your family, your freedom, your future, and your finances, you want the best law firm you can find. JHC aims to meet that requirement. We want to be the best Topeka law firm for your case and your needs—the best law firm for you.

JHC clients can expect a personal experience and personalized representation. Everyone at JHC—from our stellar professional staff to our first-rate attorneys—is dedicated to treating each client as a priority. We get to know you and your matter so we can provide customized legal strategies and solutions specific to your unique situation.

We believe communication is key and endeavor to maintain open and consistent discourse for the duration of your legal matter. You are the expert on your needs, and we want to hear about them. As your matter progresses, we will ensure you have the information you need to make important decisions—and that the information is conveyed as clearly as possible.

To achieve quality results, we combine determination, preparation, and skill. We know our stuff, but we don’t rest on experience alone. We put in the hard work necessary to accomplish our client’s objectives.

Finally, we have an advantage many other firms in the area can’t match. Our Topeka office is one of five locations serving clients across Kansas and into Missouri. With 20 attorneys firm-wide and an expansive network of resources and relationships, JHC offers big firm capabilities with a small firm feel.

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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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Chris Joseph 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 Craft Julia A. Craft

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Kristine Lawless is a family law attorney located in Topeka, KS. Her practice includes divorce, property settlement agreements, premarital agreements, paternity actions, and maintenance, with a focus on child custody matters, parenting time, and child support. She has mediation training with an emphasis on domestic mediation and conciliation, and she is certified by the Kansas Supreme Court to perform mediation in domestic cases.

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Kristine Lawless M. Kristine Lawless

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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 Scherff 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 Hoeme 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 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 Parker 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 McPherson 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 Kindling 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 Erickson 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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Chris McHugh 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 Curry 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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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 Meek 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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Drew Goodwin 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 Wittman 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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Matt Johnston 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 Broyles Rylee M. Broyles

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Desiree Smith is a family law attorney located in Wichita, KS, whose practice includes matters of divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, guardianships, and paternity.

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Desiree Smith Desiree K. Smith

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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
JHC Criminal Attorney Chris Joseph
JHC Family Attorney Julia Craft
JHC Family Attorney Kristine Lawless
JHC Criminal Attorney Dionne Scherff
JHC Criminal Attorney Jess Hoeme
JHC Family Attorney Ardith Smith-Woertz
JHC Criminal Attorney Carrie Parker
JHC Family Attorney Boyd McPherson
JHC Civil Attorney Anne Kindling
JHC Criminal Attorney Lindsey Erickson
JHC Criminal Attorney Chris McHugh
JHC Criminal Attorney Dustin Curry
JHC Criminal Attorney Casey Meek
JHC Personal Injury Attorney Drew Goodwin
JHC Family Attorney Hannah Wittman
JHC Personal Injury Attorney Matt Johnston
JHC Family Attorney Rylee Broyles
JHC Family Attorney Desiree Smith


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

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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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