Family Law Attorney

M. Kristine Lawless

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Email: [email protected]
Office: 785-234-3272
Office Location: Topeka


Kristine Lawless is a family law attorney who helps individuals and families resolve divorces and related issues, such as child custody, child support, residency, and parenting time.

Kristine began her legal career in Wichita, where she worked as a paralegal for founding member, Stephen Joseph. She went on to earn her law degree from Washburn Law in 1991 and stayed in Topeka building a reputation as a formidable criminal defense attorney. When the firm opened its Topeka office, Stephen Joseph asked Kristine to come aboard. She has been with the firm ever since.

Kristine quickly became the Topeka office’s go-to lawyer for family law matters. Known for making requests too reasonable to deny, Kristine’s level-headed approach resulted in her appointment to serve as a pro tem judge. Eventually, Kristine’s colleagues in the domestic bar insisted she should use her talents to assist parties as an alternative dispute resolution provider.

Now, the majority of Kristine’s practice is devoted to that third-party neutral role. Whether the parties request her assistance or the court appoints her to a case, Kristine helps separating couples—especially parents—achieve better communication and find common ground. Kristine is certified by the Kansas Supreme Court to perform mediation in domestic cases, and she is also an approved conciliator and case manager for the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Judicial Districts of Kansas.


Kristine is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Topeka Bar Association, Topeka Lawyers Club, Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, and Heartland Mediators Association.


Washburn University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1991
Dean’s Honors

Wichita State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1988
Magna Cum Laude


– Kansas
– US District Court for the District of Kansas

Ratings & Recognitions
  • Super Lawyers – Family Law, since 2014
  • Ingram’s Magazine, Legal Elite Kansas City, October 2011
  • Best Lawyers – Family Law, since 2006

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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