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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.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    16 years, 2.4 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    14 years, 1.2 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

26 total 

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  • Brian Vincent Manchester

    Endorsing John is easy yet hard. It is hard because I am limited in all of the good things I can say about him in the space allowed. It is easy because he is an excellent trial lawyer dedicated to not only doing the best job possible for his clients he is also dedicated to continuously learning to be a great lawyer. Furthermore he is an excellent teacher to other lawyers. I have had the great privilege to not only attend classes with John but to learn from him as well. Anyone hiring John is in great hands.


    Brian Manchester Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gabriela Amada Vega-Acosta

    Mr. Thurston is one of the most passionate advocates I have known. He works diligently for his clients and strives to ensure that he is at the forefront of DUI knowledge. I highly recommend to anyone who is seeking an excellent advocate to consider Mr. Thurston for their counsel.


    Gabriela Vega-Acosta Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Addair Thurston, Chartered

900 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS, 66502-5457


KSAuthorized to practice law200107/04/2016
TXInactive 200007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Forensic Drug and Alcohol Lawyer CertificateAmerican Chemical Society2014
ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer ScientistAmerican Chemical Society2014
Drug Recognition Expert Training CertificatePlatt & Associates2012
Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor CertificatePlatt & Associates2012
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing CertificateKansas Highway Patrol2001
Varsity Mock Trial TeamSouth Texas College of Law1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerAddair Thurston, Chtd.2006 - Present
Sole PartnerThurston Law Firm2005 - 2006
Adjunct ProfessorKansas State University2003 - 2003
AssociateHuser Law Offices2002 - 2005
City ProsecutorCity of Manhattan, Kansas2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Trial Skills UniversityFaculty2014 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationVice President2014 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationCharter Member2014 - Present
American Chemical SocietyAttorney Member2013 - Present
Flint Hills BreadbasketBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2000 - Present
American Bar Associationmember2004 - 2013
National College of DUI DefenseMember2003 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J.H.Dismissal
State v. K.M.Dismissal
State v. L.K.Dismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Whitehall PrintingKansas DUI Survival Guide2015
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence2015
The Manhattan MercuryDon't Make Criminals Out of Good Citizens2012
PamphletPolice Encounters 1012011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of KansasEnvironmental StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KACDL Spring SeminarPer Se DUID Cases2016
DUI Defense Lawyers Association Mile High SeminarDriving Under the Influence of Marijuana2016
Diving Into a DUI CaseDriving Under the Influence of Marijuana2016
Premier Ohio DUI Defense Seminar and Trial Skills AcademyDUI Trial Skills2014
Blood Evidence in DWI Cases: Mastering the ScienceDUI Blood Testing2014
SFSTs and DUI DefenseStandardized Field Sobriety Tests2012
Updates to Kansas DUI LawDUI2011
Winning DUI Defense TechniquesDUI Defense2008
Best of CLE LiveDUI Defense2008
Orientation to Kansas PracticeThe Lawyers' Perspective2007