M. Kristine Savage
Topeka and Lawrence Offices
Practice Areas: Family law dominates Ms. Savage’s practice, including 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. Ms. Savage also has extensive experience as
criminal defense attorney. Her criminal defense practice consists of complex federal and state
cases, including appeals.
Admitted: In 1991, Ms. Savage was admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, all
other Kansas courts, and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
Education: Ms. Savage graduated from Wichita State University in 1988, magna cum laude. She
continued on to Washburn University School of Law, where she graduated with Dean’s Honors
in 1991. While in law school, Ms. Savage was the Executive Editor for the Washburn Law
Journal. She clerked for Shawnee County District Court Judge William Carpenter during law
school, and served as a research aid for Professor Nancy Maxwell at Washburn Law School.
Professional History: After graduating from law school, Ms. Savage was an Assistant Appellate
Defender from July 1991 through May 1994. In that capacity, she regularly appeared before the
Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals. In May of 1994, she joined the Public
Defender's Trial Office, representing clients in all levels of felony cases. By 1997, she was Senior
Trial Attorney for the Northeast Kansas Conflict Office, providing felony representation in
Shawnee County and off-grid felony representation in surrounding counties. She joined Joseph &
Hollander in July of 1999.
Membership and Ratings: Ms. Savage is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Topeka
Bar Association, the Douglas County Bar Association, the TBA Family Law Committee, the
Topeka Lawyers Club, the Women Attorney’s Association of Topeka, and Sam A. Crow Inn of
Court. Ms. Savage was named Lawyer of the Year for 2012 in criminal defense by Best Lawyers.
She was named among the Kansas City area's Legal Elite by Kansas City’s Ingram’s Magazine,
Special Notes: Ms. Savage has attended the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law
School in Macon, Georgia; has been an Adjunct Professor at Washburn School of Law and at
Washburn University; was a guest speaker at the National Child Abuse Defense Conference in
Reno, Nevada; served as a panel member at the National Women’s Attorney conference in
Lindsbourgh, Kansas; has been a frequent guest speaker at Washburn School of Law; and has
delivered continuing legal education lectures for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers. Ms. Savage has also served as a pro tem judge in the District Court of Shawnee