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Jonathan W. McConnell

Jonathan McConnell

Founding Attorney

Wichita native Jonathan W. McConnell 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. Located on the first floor of the landmark Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Wichita, the practice was rebranded in 2017 as the McConnell Law Firm, which is comprised of two additional attorneys and three staff members.

Today, Jon combines expert knowledge and unmatched tenacity to lead his practice in defending the rights of clients. Jon describes his approach 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 nearly followed his parents, Dr. William H. McConnell and Vickie McConnell, into the ministry, but was attracted to the law as another way of making a difference in people’s lives. He 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 for then-Sedgwick County Prosecuting Attorney Nola Foulston and then for noted defense attorney Dan Monnat.

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 dedicated to many other community involvement activities.

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Our McConnell Law Firm founder, criminal defense attorney Jonathan W. McConnell, was drawn to the profession out of a desire to help people, especially those who are in trouble or who have made a mistake. In helping them, he strives to leave no stone unturned and would expect the same for himself. “I would want a guy like me who loves to work and loves to fight,” said McConnell. “That’s what I try to do for people.” We invite you to learn more about our founder by watching his profile video!

Experience & Honors

  • Education
    • Wichita State University | Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Cum Laude
    • Wichita State University | Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida | Juris Doctorate
  • Bar Admissions
    • State of Kansas
    • United States District Court, District of Kansas
    • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court
  • Awards, Honors & Professional Memberships
    • National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Criminal Defense & Civil Plaintiff
    • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 under 40 – Criminal Defense & Civil Plaintiff
    • Wichita Business Journal – 40 under 40
    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Man of the Year (1st Runner Up)
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys- Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40
    • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys – 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in KS – 3 Years (2015 – 2017)
    • National Academy of Jurisprudence – Premier 100
    • Rotary Foundation of Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow
    • American Institute of DUI / DWI Attorneys – 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in KS – 2 Years (2016 – 2017)
    • Three Best Rated – 3 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Wichita KS
    • Kentucky Colonel – Commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky in 2015
    • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys – Top Ten Attorney
    • AVVO – Superb Lawyer Rating
    • Kansas Masonic Foundation- Masonic Philanthropist
    • National League of Renowned Attorneys – Top 1%
    • Lawyers of Distinction – Top 10%
    • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys – Top Ten Ranking
    • American Jurist Institute – Top Ten Attorneys
    • Mass Tort Trial Lawyers – Top 25
    • ESQ.500 – AJI Seal of Excellence
    • Top American Lawyers – Lifetime Charter Member
    • American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 40 Lawyer Under 40
    • AVVO Clients’ Choice Award 2016 – Criminal Defense
    • Criminal Trial lawyers – Top 25
    • Tennessee Squire – Tennessee Squire Association
    • Business Tort Trial Lawyers – Top 10
    • America’s Top 100 Attorneys – Lifetime Achievement
    • National College for DUI Defense
    • National Trial Lawyers – Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association
    • National Trial Lawyers – Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Association for Justice – Criminal Law Section
    • American Bar Association
    • Kansas Bar Association
    • Wichita Bar Association
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Life Member
    • Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Life Member
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
    • American Criminal Justice Association (Lambda Alpha Epsilon)
    • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys – Founding Member
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – Lifetime Member of the Legal Committee
    • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
    • Best Attorneys of America – Lifetime Charter Member
    • Lead Counsel Rated
    • Just Great Lawyers – Member
  • Fraternal Memberships
    • Albert Pike Lodge #303 – Master Mason & Perpetual Life Member
    • Wichita Scottish Rite Temple – 32° Mason, Endowed Life Member, & Former Membership Chairman
    • Knights of St. Andrew (Scottish Rite Freemasons) – Life Member
    • York Rite of Kansas- Knight Templar & Perpetual Life Member
    • Wichita Midian Shrine Temple- Noble, Perpetual Life Member, & Temple Attorney
    • 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
    • The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution – Life Member
    • Sons of Confederate Veterans – Life Member
    • Fraternal Order of Police – Wichita, Kansas Lodge #5 – Associate Member
  • Community Involvement / Speaking Appearances
    • Member of and volunteer for Hillside Christian Church | View Site
    • Hadley Middle School | Constitution Day Speaker
    • Curtis Middle School | Law Day Speaker
    • American Collegiate Society for Adapted Athletics (ACSAA) – Former Board Member
    • Member of the Rotary Club of East Wichita
    • Permanent Contributing Member of The Shriners Hospitals for Children
    • Life Sponsor of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.
    • Lifetime Member of the Wichita State University Alumni Association
    • Beta Theta Pi- Delta Gamma Chapter (Fraternity) | Campus Life Awareness Week Speaker: Campus Date Rape Issues & DUI
    • Delta Delta Delta- Phi Xi Chapter (Sorority) | Campus Life Awareness Week Speaker: Campus Date Rape Issues & DUI
    • Midwest Innocence Project
    • The Hōnore Adversis Foundation
    • Patriot Life Member of the National Rifle Association – Benefactor Level
    • Crystal Eastman Leadership Society – American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
    • Kansas Masonic Foundation – Member of the Board of Trustees
    • Scottish Rite Research Society – Life Member
    • Kansas Sheriffs’ Association

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Wichita, Kansas 67202
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