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John A. Boyd

John A. Boyd

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Divorce & Separation

About Me

I went to law school to be a criminal defense attorney, and I fight to protect my client’s freedom every day.  I have seen first hand how lazy policework and false accusations can ruin lives.  For my clients who may have broken the law, I work hard to protect their rights and to obtain them fair treatment and mercy. I am a Partner in the firm of Finch, Covington & Boyd, Chartered, where I have practiced criminal defense and family law since 2011. 

I began practicing family law with the Washburn Law Clinic in 2006, providing legal services to clients unable to afford private counsel.  I was proud to then serve for over three years with the Johnson County Public Defender’s office, where I represented hundreds of felony defendants on charges ranging from forgery to first degree murder, and won a number of felony jury trials.  My coworkers awarded me the title of "Public Defender Champion" in recognition of my acheivements there.  My jury trial success has continued in private practice. I have presented continuing legal education classes to fellow lawyers on domestic violence law and DUI defense.

I grew up in Salina, Kansas, and attended Kansas University, where I met my wife, Carri, and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2003.  I received his law degree at the Washburn University School of Law in 2006.  After college, my family moved to Ottawa in 2007.

I am a former President of the Franklin County Bar Association, am currently the Chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of Ottawa and also a member of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  I am licensed to practice in all state courts of Kansas as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

I primarily practice in the following Kansas Counties and Courts:

Franklin County District Court, Ottawa Municipal Court, Wellsville Municipal Court;

Douglas County District Court, Lawrence Municipal Court, Baldwin City Municipal Court;

Anderson County District Court, Garnett Municipal Court

Johnson County District Court, Olathe Municipal Court, Lenexa Municipal Court, Overland Park Municipal Court, Shawnee Municipal Court, Prairie Village Municipal Court

Miami County District Court, Paola Municipal Court

Coffey County District Court, Burlington Municipal Court

Linn County District Court,

Allen County District Court, Iola Municipal Court 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    8 years, 800 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    8 years, 50 cases
  3. Divorce & Separation: 5%
    5 years, 10 cases



Hourly ($190/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Jason Bryan Billam

    I have seen John in Court advocating for his clients. He will fight for his clients. His knowledge of the law means that you will be protected from bad decisions and he is not afraid to ruffle feathers to further his client's position.


    Jason Billam Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Patrick Michael Lewis

    I have seen John countless times in the courtroom. He is always prepared and fighting for his client. He leaves no stone unturned in his defense.


    Patrick Lewis Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

101 West Second Street
Finch, Covington & Boyd, Chartered
Ottawa, KS, 66067


KSAuthorized to practice law200710/09/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Public Defender Champion10th Judicial District Public Defender's office2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerFinch, Covington & Boyd, Chartered2014 - Present
AssociateGreen, Finch & Covington, Chtd.2011 - Present
Assistant District Defender10th Judicial District Public Defender's Office2007 - 2010

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Franklin County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2013
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Grant Mize4 Years in Prison instead of 64
State v. ReedCase Dismissed
State v. VanCleveAcquitted after Jury Trial

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of KansasBusinessB.S. Buiness Administration2003

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
BIDS Attorney Training 2010DUI Defense2010
BIDS Attorney TrainingDomestic Violence Defense2010