Stephen M. Joseph
Practice Areas: Mr. Joseph's practice is concentrated in the defense of persons charged with
crimes in federal and state courts, including murder, arson, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud,
securities fraud, income tax evasion, controlled substance, computer crimes, medical and
insurance fraud, and government procurement fraud. He also defends his clients in related civil
matters, including property forfeiture, insider trading, and false claims cases. In addition, he is
experienced in defending professionals, such as lawyers and physicians, in licensing and
Admitted: After graduating from law school in 1972, 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. Over the years, Mr. Joseph has been admitted to practice before the United
States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits and before the
United States Supreme Court. He has been admitted to appear as counsel in particular cases (pro
hac vice) in the state courts of Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Mississippi,
Missouri, Texas, and Washington. Mr. Joseph has been admitted pro hac vice by the federal
district courts in Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Education: Mr. Joseph earned his juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law
in 1972. While attending law school, he wrote for the Kansas Law Review and served as an
Associate Editor. Mr. Joseph graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969.
Membership and Ratings: Mr. Joseph has been a member of the American and Kansas Bar
Associations for more than 30 years. He is also a member of the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Joseph enjoys Martindale Hubbell's highest "AV" rating. For
over 20 years, he has been recognized in the peer-review publication Best Lawyers in America
for criminal defense. Best Lawyers named him 2014 Wichita Lawyer of the Year for Criminal
Defense: White Collar. In 2013, he was named Wichita Lawyer of the Year for Criminal
Defense: Non-White Collar. He is designated as one of the top five percent of Kansas lawyers in
Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters.
Professional History: After graduating from law school, Mr. Joseph was appointed by United
States District Judge William R. Collinson, Western District of Missouri, to serve as his Law
Clerk from 1972 to 1974. He was an Assistant District Attorney in Wichita from 1974 to 1978,
and he was the head of the appellate division in that office for three years. In 1978, Mr. Joseph
entered private practice and has concentrated in criminal defense matters for more than 30 years.
The Kansas Attorney General appointed him Special Assistant Attorney General in 1982 and
1983 to provide representation to state district judges named as parties in specific litigation. He
has been engaged as a Special Prosecutor by several Kansas county and district attorneys to
prosecute difficult cases.
Special Notes: Governor John Carlin appointed Mr. Joseph to serve as the first Chair of the
Kansas State Board of Indigents Defense Services when that agency was created by the Kansas
Legislature in 1984. Prior to that, Mr. Joseph served at the pleasure of the Kansas Supreme Court
on the Board of Supervisors of Panels to Aid Indigent Defendants.