Jonathan W. McConnell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Wichita, KS

McConnell Law Firm, P.A.
 | 100 N Broadway, Suite 400
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-243-5903
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Jonathan W. McConnell, the founding criminal defense attorney at the McConnell Law Firm, specializes in criminal defense, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), false sexual accusations, white collar crime and appeals. He is also highly experienced in traffic law and civil litigation.

    As a noted criminal defense attorney and the leader of our firm, Jon is known for his expert knowledge and unmatched tenacity. He describes his technique as aggressive and “outside the box,” utilizing a fresh and modern approach. Both the public and his peers have taken notice, consistently rating him at the top of the profession with the most prestigious legal directories: AvvoThe National Trial LawyersSuper Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.

    Jon was drawn to the legal profession out of a desire to help people. The Wichita native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Wichita State University, then attended law school in Miami, Florida. After his education, he gained experience as a Law Clerk for a judge in Broward County, Florida, as an Assistant District Attorney of Sedgwick County, Kansas, and then at a criminal defense law firm.

    Jon founded his own namesake law firm in 2014, and the practice was rebranded in 2017 as the McConnell Law Firm. He feels that there is great honor in the work we do, especially in helping those who are in trouble or who have made a mistake, which is why he fights tirelessly to represent each of his clients— leaving no stone unturned in the process.

    Jon is passionate about making a difference through volunteerism and monetary support. He has been actively involved with the Midwest Innocence Project, which is dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. We have recently provided support to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Kansas African American Museum, the Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grants and, in honor of Jon’s late mother, the Wichita Cancer Foundation and The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

    Selections

    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

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    About Jonathan McConnell

    Admitted: 2010, Kansas

    Professional Webpage: https://jonathanwmcconnell.com/attorneys-wichita/jonathan-w-...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Expertise - Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Wichita 2020, 2020
    • Martindale-Hubble - Platinum Client Champion, 2020
    • Three Best Rated - Best of Business 2020 - Award of Excellence, 2020
    • ESQ.500 – AJI Seal of Excellence
    • AVVO Clients’ Choice Award 2016 – Criminal Defense
    • Business Tort Trial Lawyers – Top 10
    • Just Great Lawyers – Member
    • Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2013
    • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys- Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40
    • American Institute of DUI / DWI Attorneys – 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in KS, 2016 – 2017
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys – Top Ten Attorney
    • National League of Renowned Attorneys – Top 1%
    • American Jurist Institute – Top Ten Attorneys
    • Top American Lawyers – Lifetime Charter Member
    • Criminal Trial lawyers – Top 25
    • America’s Top 100 Attorneys – Lifetime Achievement
    • Power Attorneys – Member
    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year First Runner Up, 2012
    • “Paul Harris Fellow”, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2015
    • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys – 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in KS, 2015 – 2017
    • Three Best Rated – 3 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Wichita KS
    • AVVO – Superb Lawyer Rating
    • Lawyers of Distinction – Top 10%
    • Mass Tort Trial Lawyers – Top 25
    • American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 40 Lawyer Under 40
    • Tennessee Squire – Tennessee Squire Association
    • Lead Counsel Rated
    • National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, 2013
    • Commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky in 2015, Kentucky Colonel, 2015
    • National Academy of Jurisprudence – Premier 100
    • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars
    • Kansas Masonic Foundation- Masonic Philanthropist
    • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys – Top Ten Ranking

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Advanced Level Training on Utilizing Onset Prior to 45 Degrees to Win DUI Cases

      Jonathan William McConnell recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on utilizing the results of the Onset of Nystagmus Prior to 45 Degrees to win DUI Cases. Jonathan received training on how to win DUI Cases using the results of the Onset of Nystagmus Prior to 45 Degrees whether or not the officer observes the Onset of Nystagmus Prior to 45 Degrees. This training was provided to Association Members by Steven Glasgow. Mr. Glasgow is an AAPDA State Ambassador for Illinois. Mr. Glasgow’s office is located in Monmouth, IL and his website is found at https://www.clarkandglasgowlaw.com/.

      The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys has compiled information from Judges, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (the Top DUI Prosecutors in each State), DUI Prosecutors, current Law Enforcement Officers, former Law Enforcement Officers, and DUI Defense Attorneys to determine exactly what skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial.

      When people need a DUI Attorney, the biggest challenge is knowing whether or not an attorney truly has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. Countless attorneys handle DUI cases. But, only a very small percentage have the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases.

      Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys have received advanced level training on the strategies that win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial. Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys also have access to the resources and tools that are used to win and successfully resolve DUI cases and these are resources and tools that only a very small percentage of DUI attorneys have access to and use.

      Jon McConnell was inspired to pursue law because of an inherent need to help others. His father is a pastor, and Jon knew at an early age that he would either follow in his father’s footsteps or become a defense attorney. However, Jon feels the most reward when he protects someone who is at the lowest point of their lives. They don’t have a friend in the world and have nowhere else to turn. Helping others brings out the best in Jon. In order to do the most good, Jon fulfilled his calling by becoming an attorney. Jon doesn’t pass judgment on people. His job is to protect clients when it seems that everyone else is against them.

      Jon has a successful and proven track record as a defense attorney. He has taught criminal justice at WSU, served as an Assistant District Attorney under Nola Foulston, and successfully prosecuted the first passenger DUI case in the State of Kansas. Jon likes challenging situations, and uses aggressive and bold tactics to defend the rights of his clients. While he maintains some traditional norms of the legal field, Jon employs a fresh and modern approach to an ancient craft. Jon McConnell’s practice is located in the historic Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Wichita, KS. Please call our office for a free consultation, so we can review your case and start the conversation!

      To learn more about Jonathan William McConnell, please visit https://www.jonathanwmcconnell.com or http://www.aapda.org/directory/name/jonathan-mcconnell/

      To learn more about the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, please visit http://www.aapda.org/

      Information in this news release is the opinion of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (AAPDA), and the use of the AAPDA logo, is the opinion of AAPDA that members have met AAPDA’s proprietary selection criteria. AAPDA does not guarantee or imply the competence level of any attorney, whether or not they are a member of AAPDA. When hiring an attorney, a person should personally contact the attorney and confirm the attorney’s skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, strategies and other credentials. Any decision to hire an attorney should be based on a person’s satisfaction, after contacting the attorney, that the attorney hired is who they feel comfortable with and want to represent them. The specific outcome of each DUI case cannot be anticipated or guaranteed by AAPDA, or anyone else, as many factors can affect the outcome of each individual case.

       

      , 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Association for Justice – Criminal Law Section
    • American Bar Association - Member
    • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – Lifetime Member of the Legal Committee
    • National College for DUI Defense
    • State of Kansas
    • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Member
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    • Wichita Bar Association - Member
    • Best Attorneys of America – Lifetime Charter Member
    • National Trial Lawyers – Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
    • United States District Court, District of Kansas
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Member
    • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys – Founding Member
    • Kansas Bar Association - Member
    • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
    • National Trial Lawyers – Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Criminal Justice Association (Lambda Alpha Epsilon)
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Wichita Cancer Foundation – Member of the Advisory Board, 2018
    • U.S. News & World Report Lawyer
    • Wichita Wagonmasters - Member, 2018
    • Wichita Wagonmasters - Good Life Grants

      , 2018
    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year First Runner Up, raising more than $21,000 in proceeds to benefit the organization, 2012
    • Life Sponsor of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.
    • American Collegiate Society for Adapted Athletics - Board Member
    • Delta Delta Delta- Phi Xi Chapter (Sorority) | Campus Life Awareness Week Speaker: Campus Date Rape Issues & DUI
    • Knights of St. Andrew (Scottish Rite Freemasons) – Life Member
    • Patriot Life Member of the National Rifle Association – Benefactor Level
    • Kappa Sigma Fraternity – Gamma Omicron Chapter at the University of Kansas (Honor Initiate of Pledge Class), Lifetime Alumni Member, One of Jackson’s Men- #4203
    • Scottish Rite Research Society – Life Member
    • Fraternal Order of Police – Wichita, Kansas Lodge #5 – Associate Member
    • Delta Delta Delta- Phi Xi Chapter (Sorority) | Speaker: DUI’s & The Criminal Defense Process
    • Permanent Contributing Member of The Shriners Hospitals for Children
    • Midian Shrine Temple - Member and Temple Attorney
    • Beta Theta Pi- Delta Gamma Chapter (Fraternity) | Campus Life Awareness Week Speaker: Campus Date Rape Issues & DUI
    • Wichita Scottish Rite Temple – 32° Mason, Endowed Life Member, & Former Membership Chairman
    • The Hōnore Adversis Foundation
    • Wichita Midian Shrine Temple- Noble, Perpetual Life Member, & Temple Attorney
    • Kansas Masonic Foundation – Member of the Board of Trustees
    • Sons of Confederate Veterans – Life Member
    • Delta Upsilon- Wichita State Chapter (Fraternity) | Speaker: Campus Date Rape Issues & DUI
    • Member of the Rotary Club of East Wichita
    • American Diabetes Association - Manager for Austin Henry's Father of the Year Campaign, 2013
    • Lifetime Member of the Wichita State University Alumni Association
    • Albert Pike Lodge #303 – Master Mason & Perpetual Life Member
    • Midwest Innocence Project
    • York Rite of Kansas- Knight Templar & Perpetual Life Member
    • Crystal Eastman Leadership Society – American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
    • The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution – Life Member
    • Kansas Sheriffs’ Association
    • Member of and volunteer for Hillside Christian Church

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Hadley Middle School, Constitution Day Speaker
    • Wichita Bar Association – So You’re a Lawyer…Adulting 101, Lawyer Edition – Judges’ Panel Moderator | 2017, Judges’ Panel Moderator, Wichita Bar Association – So You’re a Lawyer…Adulting 101, Lawyer Edition , 2017
    • Curtis Middle School, Law Day Speaker
    • Wichita Bar Association, So You’re a Lawyer…Adulting 101, Lawyer Edition, Judges’ Panel Moderator, 2017
    • Wichita Bar Association, So You’re a Lawyer…Adulting 101, Lawyer Edition, Panel of Young Lawyers Moderator, 2017

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • The Derby City Council authorized providing a local massage business owner with a one-year temporary license after she appealed the denial of her permanent license. Jennifer Gaylord will be able to provide massages and run her business, Sage Sisters Massage Therapy, 838 N. Baltimore, for at least the next year, the council ruled. The ruling is subject to conditions, including following the current city code. The approval also is open to future review., 2016
    • Kansas Supreme Court Overturns Court of Appeals Reversal, Creating Legal Standard For Kansas DUI CasesThis decision is significant for a number of reasons. First, it clarifies the legal standard the appellate court uses to make its decisions when determining whether an officer had reasonable grounds for a particular action. According to the Kansas Supreme Court syllabus of the decision, it’s “a mixed question of law and fact, and appellate courts review the ultimate legal conclusion—whether reasonable grounds existed—independently while deferring to the district court’s factual findings that are supported by substantial competent evidence.”, 2018

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • McConnell was recognized at the Midwest innocense Project event for his aggressive defense of the client. In 2016, the young man’s family hired McConnell, who then utilized private investigators, medical experts and even an anonymous letter to form the defense that resulted in the dismissal of charges., 2017

    Videos:

    • “I always felt like I was searching for some kind of charity that I could get involved with or donate to in honor of my mother,” said criminal defense attorney, Jonathan W. McConnell. After a lot of research, the McConnell Law Firm founder ultimately decided the Kansas Masonic Foundation was the perfect match for him because of their commitment to cancer research. “I want to leave a lasting impression,and that lasting impression is going to be how I help others,” said McConnell. Watch the video for more details., Charitable Giving | Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan W. McConnell Supports Cancer Research, 2018
    • “I realized, this guy is innocent,” said criminal defense attorney Jonathan W. McConnell. “He wanted someone to fight for him because he was innocent!” In January 2015, the McConnell Law Firm founder met a man wrongly accused of rape. McConnell spent the next year heavily investigating the case, utilizing private investigators, medical experts and even an anonymous letter to form the defense that resulted in the dismissal of charges. “Had I been dependent on a public defender, there’s zero doubt in my mind that I’d be in prison right now,” said Saber Hossinei. “Jon cares so much. He’s not my friend, he’s my big brother.” Hear the whole story by watching the video!, This Guy is Innocent | Jonathan W. McConnell Defends Man Accused of Rape, Wichita, KS, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • Wichita State University, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, 2004
    • Wichita State University, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, 2006

    Industry Groups

    • General Public
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    Office Location for Jonathan W. McConnell

    100 N Broadway
    Suite 400
    Wichita, KS 67202

    Phone: 316-243-5903

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    Last Updated: 6/10/2021

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