A Legacy of Excellence, Built For Today's Challenges

Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC


Focused on You

JHC’s Wichita attorneys are laser focused on client satisfaction. We routinely receive enthusiastic recommendations and reviews from clients, all in recognition of our commitment to personal service and quality results. When you hire JHC, you get a partner in your legal matter—someone dedicated to understanding your goals and helping you achieve them.

Honored As

Leaders in the Law

Our Wichita attorneys are recognized leaders in the law and conscious contributors to the legal community. Among JHC’s Wichita lawyers, you will find a family law attorney named one of the Three Best Rated® Divorce Lawyers in Wichita and a criminal defense attorney named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for DUI/DWI Defense. Another has chaired and contributed to multiple social justice initiatives undertaken by the Wichita Bar Association, including the Gang Registry Task Force and Racial Justice Task Force. We want the best for our clients and the best for our community, and we are forging paths to achieve these goals.

Committed to

Helping People

The law can be overwhelming—particularly as an individual. But it becomes much more manageable with the right law firm on your side. JHC primarily focuses on representing people rather than big corporations. Across our civil, criminal, and family law practices, individuals come to us in need of help. And we provide it. Happily. Humbly. Dedicated to easing our clients’ concerns and guiding them on a forward path.

Ready for Anything

The stellar lawyers serving the JHC’s Wichita clients embody the firm’s maxim: Ready for Anything. Acclaimed family law representation. Ace criminal defense. Excellent professional licensure defense. Superior personal injury and wrongful death representation. Superb healthcare and hospital law advice. Top-drawer civil asset forfeiture counsel. When you need a hand with your civil, criminal, or family law matter, JHC is ready.

Wichita Family Law Attorneys

Our family law attorneys are supportive advisors and able advocates. We aim to empower our clients with the information and advice they need to confidently proceed through their divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, guardianship, and adoption matters. For lawyers who care, contact JHC.

Wichita Civil Attorneys

JHC’s civil attorneys are efficient and effective advisors and litigators. In Wichita and beyond, we deliver quality legal counsel for:

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

Wichita Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal charges can have devastating consequences. To protect yourself and your rights, you need a capable criminal defense attorney with the acumen to achieve the results you need. For first-class criminal defense in Wichita, contact JHC.

Legal Services in Wichita, Kansas

An established Wichita law firm with a reputation for excellence, JHC is honored to serve clients throughout south-central Kansas.

JHC’s Wichita family law attorneys manage all things related to divorce, annulment, paternity, child custody, child support, and related issues with exceptional skill and compassion. We also provide quality representation in matters involving guardianships, adoptions, and grandparent rights. With a goal of empowering our clients and supporting their interests, our Wichita family law attorneys are the right choice for your family law matter in Sedgwick County, Butler County, Harvey County, Reno County, and beyond.

The criminal defense attorneys who serve JHC’s clients in Wichita and the surrounding areas have earned reputations for excellence in the courtroom. Reflected in reviews submitted by clients as well as peer commendations, JHC’s Wichita criminal defense lawyers provide superlative representation in federal, state, and municipal criminal actions. With a track record of success defending white-collar criminal charges, drug charges, sex crime charges, violent crime charges, and DUIs, JHC’s Wichita’s criminal defense attorneys are exactly who you need on your side.

Our Wichita personal injury attorneys pursue justice and compensation for losses and injuries that have resulted from another’s negligent or wrongful acts. When individuals in the Wichita area have suffered traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, fractures, and internal organ damages, we help them recover financial awards to cover medical expenses, lost wages and diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. We also prosecute wrongful death when negligent and wrongful acts result in death.

JHC’s professional licensure defense attorneys assist licensed professionals—including doctors, nurses, lawyers, architects, accountants, insurance agents, among others—whenever their authorization to practice is at stake. We represent licensed professionals in the Wichita area when they need assistance applying for a professional license or appealing a denial; responding to or cooperating with an agency investigation; defending disciplinary actions; and more.

Healthcare providers and entities in the Wichita area can rely on our Wichita health and hospital law attorneys, who provide guidance and representation to clients across the state of Kansas. We defend medical professionals against malpractice claims; in administrative and regulatory actions; and peer review matters. We also offer counsel regarding compliance issues, employment contracts, and staff privileging.

JHC’s civil asset forfeiture lawyers represent clients whose cash has been seized for forfeiture in Wichita and elsewhere along I-35. In federal and state courthouses throughout Kansas, we manage the unique civil asset forfeiture litigation process, help our clients demonstrate their entitlement to lawfully begotten funds, and oppose unlawful police conduct through suppression defenses.

For a top-tier representation from lawyers you can trust, make JHC your go-to Wichita law firm.

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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 Is JHC Right for Me?

Everyone at JHC—from our lawyers to our staff—is committed to providing a first-class experience for our clients.

You’ll experience this during your very first call to our office. You won’t be forwarded to a call center; you’ll speak to an in-house receptionist who knows the firm, knows the attorneys, and knows how to connect you to someone who can help.

Over the course of your legal matter, you’ll receive personal service delivered by attorneys and staff who make it a point to familiarize themselves with your case, your needs, and your preferences.

We value communication with our clients and want to ensure it flows both ways. That means we listen first and talk second. We want to hear about your situation and fully understand your perspective. During your initial consultation, we will have an honest discussion about what can be done for your case. You can expect regular updates as your matter progresses—clearly conveying new happenings, next steps, strategies, and conclusions.

When you hire JHC, you will see quality in everything we do. Thoroughly researched advice and meticulous work product are our standard.

We aim to be the best Wichita law firm for your case and your situation.

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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

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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