After graduating from law school, Mr. Stephen 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.
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.
In 1978, Mr. Joseph entered private practice and has concentrated in criminal defense matters for nearly 40 years. 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 clients in related civil matters, including property forfeiture, insider trading, and false claims cases. He also defends professionals, such as lawyers and physicians, in disciplinary matters.
Gov. 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.
Mr. Joseph has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America every year since 1987, and was named the 2013 Wichita Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar and 2014 Wichita Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White Collar.