Christopher M. Joseph
Topeka and Lawrence Offices
Practice Areas: Mr. Joseph's practice is focused on the defense of persons charged with crimes
in federal and state courts, including fraud, drug, and pornography prosecutions, and related civil
matters, including asset forfeiture. His practice also includes complex civil litigation, primarily in
Admitted: After graduating from law school in 2000, Mr. Joseph was admitted to practice
before the Kansas Supreme Court, all other Kansas courts, and the United States District Court
for the District of Kansas. In 2001, he was admitted to practice before the United States Court of
Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was admitted to practice in the Western District of Missouri in
Education: Mr. Joseph received his juris doctorate in 2000 from the University of Kansas
School of Law. While attending law school, he wrote for the Kansas Law Review and served as
an Associate Editor. He was invited to membership in the Order of the Coif, a national honor
society for law school graduates with exceptional academic achievement. Mr. Joseph graduated
summa cum laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997.
Professional History: After graduating from law school, Mr. Joseph was appointed by Chief
United States District Judge John Lungstrum, District of Kansas, to serve as his law clerk from
2000 to 2002. Mr. Joseph joined Joseph, Hollander & Craft in August of 2002.
Membership: Mr. Joseph is a member of the Kansas, Topeka, and Douglas County Bar
Associations. He serves on the KBA criminal law committee and chairs the TBA legislative
committee. He is a member of the Kansas and National Associations of Criminal Defense
Lawyers. He served on the Bench-Bar Committee for the United States District Court for the
District of Kansas from 2009 to 2010, the Chair of the Merit Selection Panel for the
reappointment of a federal magistrate judge in 2010, and a member of the Tenth Circuit Merit
Selection Panel for the Kansas Federal Defender.
Ratings: Mr. Joseph has earned Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory's highest “AV” rating for
lawyers. He is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, is recognized in the peer-review
publication Best Lawyers in America for criminal defense, is designated as one of the top five
percent of Kansas lawyers in Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, and has been named one of
the "Top 40 under 40" by The National Trial Lawyers.
Publications: "Is Scienter an Element of Criminal Securities Fraud in Kansas?," 48 U. Kan. L.
Rev. 197 (1999); "Other Misconduct Evidence: Rethinking Kansas Statutes Annotated 60-455,
49 U. Kan. L. Rev. 145 (2000).