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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 law since 2011. 

I began practicing 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 colleagues 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


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    9 years, 800 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    9 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($190/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I worked with John about 6 years ago at the same law firm. He does not back down to anyone, and does not get intimidated by anyone. Fearless. He is also very intelligent, great in court, and a great guy in general.


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Contact info

Finch, Covington & Boyd, Attorneys at Law

101 West Second Street
Ottawa, KS, 66067


KSAuthorized to practice law200707/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Public Defender Champion10th Judicial District Public Defender's office2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFinch, Covington & Boyd, Attorneys at Law2014 - Present
AssociateGreen, Finch & Covington, Chtd.2011 - Present
Assistant District Defender10th Judicial District Public Defender's Office2007 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Franklin County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Franklin County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2013
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