Jonathan W. McConnell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Wichita, KS

McConnell Law Firm, P.A.
 | 328 East 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-243-5903
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
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 was drawn to the legal profession out of a desire to help people. He feels that there is great honor in the work he does, especially in helping those who are in trouble or who have made a mistake. That’s why Jon fights tirelessly to represent each of his clients, leaving no stone unturned in the process.

The Wichita native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Wichita State University, then attended law school in Miami. Prior to starting his own firm, Jon worked as a Law Clerk for a judge in Broward County, Florida, as an Assistant District Attorney of Sedgwick County for Nola Foulston and then for a noted defense attorney.

Jon founded his own namesake law firm in 2014, quickly becoming well-known for his work vigorously defending clients with charges ranging from traffic violations to serious crimes. The practice was rebranded in 2017 as the McConnell Law Firm.

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 Jon at the top of the profession with the most prestigious legal directories: Avvo, The National Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.

Jon is a Scottish Rite Mason, an attorney for the Wichita Midian Shrine Temple and is actively involved with the Midwest Innocence Project, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. In honor of his mother, who passed away from a rare form of cancer, he is involved in many other community involvement activities.

Jon is married and resides in Wichita, the hometown he loves.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%): DUI/DWI

Civil Litigation (10%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, 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 4 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

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About Jonathan McConnell

Admitted: 2010, Kansas

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

Honors/Awards:

  • 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 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
  • 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

Videos:

  • “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
Office Location for Jonathan W. McConnell

328 East 1st St N
Wichita, KS 67202

Phone: 316-243-5903

 

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Last Updated: 10/31/2018

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