John Wallace Thurston

John’s practice is limited to criminal defense.  He has handled a wide range of cases from kidnapping and rape to DUIs and other traffic offenses.  His wife Elizabeth is also an attorney.  They have three wonderful daughters and an energetic son.
In his off time, John enjoys traveling with his family (frequently to Disney World), scuba diving, and BBQing.  John’s smoked ribs have been called the best on the planet by many.


Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info
Addair Thurston, Chartered

900 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS, 66502-5457

Office (785) 776-2000

KS Authorized to practice law 2001 07/04/2016
TX Inactive 2000 07/16/2016

Forensic Drug and Alcohol Lawyer Certificate American Chemical Society 2014
ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer Scientist American Chemical Society 2014
Drug Recognition Expert Training Certificate Platt & Associates 2012
Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor Certificate Platt & Associates 2012
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certificate Kansas Highway Patrol 2001
Varsity Mock Trial Team South Texas College of Law 1999

Work experience
Founding Partner Addair Thurston, Chtd. 2006 – Present
Sole Partner Thurston Law Firm 2005 – 2006
Adjunct Professor Kansas State University 2003 – 2003
Associate Huser Law Offices 2002 – 2005
City Prosecutor City of Manhattan, Kansas 2000 – 2002

South Texas College of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 2000
University of Kansas Environmental Studies BA – Bachelor of Arts 1995

Speaking engagements
KACDL Spring Seminar Per Se DUID Cases 2016
DUI Defense Lawyers Association Mile High Seminar Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana 2016
Diving Into a DUI Case Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana 2016
Premier Ohio DUI Defense Seminar and Trial Skills Academy DUI Trial Skills 2014
Blood Evidence in DWI Cases: Mastering the Science DUI Blood Testing 2014
SFSTs and DUI Defense Standardized Field Sobriety Tests 2012
Updates to Kansas DUI Law DUI 2011
Winning DUI Defense Techniques DUI Defense 2008
Best of CLE Live DUI Defense 2008
Orientation to Kansas Practice The Lawyers’ Perspective 2007

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