Comprehensive. Compassionate. Committed.
Legal Service With a Military Advantage

Joseph A. DeWoskin

Attorney at Law

Background & Experience

Joseph A. DeWoskin spent almost nine years serving on active duty with the Army JAG Corps. He currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. With more than 25 years of legal experience, attorney Joseph A. DeWoskin is well suited to handle any of his clients' legal needs. He has been retained on multiple occasions to testify and assist as an expert on legal matters relating to military law and military divorce.

His in-depth experience with military law helps him effectively serve those who currently serve or previously served in the armed forces. Attorney DeWoskin has also taught continuing legal education classes on SCRA and USERRA, as well as on military-specific family law issues related to divorce, child support and child custody.

"I'm proud to serve your legal needs and will always provide the best advice I can."

Outside the Office

He is highly active as a volunteer in the Kansas City community, coaching children's sports teams, and is highly involved in the American Bar Association, working to better the legal experience for all involved.

A Comprehensive Law Firm Working for You

At Joseph A. DeWoskin, PC, our areas of practice are family law, military law, personal injury law, and insurance litigation. We provide practical and effective legal solutions, and our focus is always on our clients' best interests. If you have legal questions, you can rely on us for honest answers.

In trial, we work to build good relationships with the opposing lawyers, never taking the "pit bull" approach unless required to do so. Contact our office today if you need a friendly, experienced attorney.

Teaching

CLE on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act presented to the Creditor’s Rights and Asset Protection Group, April 18, 2008, Kansas City, Missouri

CLE on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act presented to the 2008 TJAGLCS On-Site, April 26, 2008, Kansas City, Missouri

CLE on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act entitled “How to Get the Goods on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act” presented to the Missouri Bar at the 13th Annual Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference, June 12, 2008, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri

CLE on military issues in family law entitled “How Military Issues Impact Family Law” presented to the Indiana Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference, June 5, 2009, Beltarra, Indiana

CLE on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act entitled “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act in Civil Litigation” presented to the Indiana Bar, June 5, 2009, Beltarra, Indiana

CLE on military issues entitled “Serving Those Who Serve Our Country: Military Issues & VA Benefits” presented to the 14th Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference, June 11, 2009, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri

CLE on helping military members entitled “Helping Those Who Serve Our Country” presented at the National Solo and Small Firm Conference, September 17, 2009, Millenium Hotel, Beverly Hills, California

CLE on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act presented to the Creditor’s Rights and Asset Protection Group, September 18, 2009, Kansas City, Missouri

Telephonic CLE entitled “Helping Those Who Serve Our Country”, American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division, June 3, 2010

CLE on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act presented to the Creditor’s Rights and Asset Protection Group, October 15, 2010

CLE entitled “How Military Issues Impact Family Law” presented to the Johnson County Kansas Bar Association, March 25, 2011, Olathe, Kansas

CLE entitled “Helping Out Our Heroes: What You Need to Know About Veteran’s Benefits for the 18 Year Old to the 98 Year Old, presented to the 16th Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference, June 9, 2011, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri

CLE entitled “Domestic Law Update/Military Issues in Divorce”, presented to the Wyandotte County Bar Association, September 21, 2016, Kansas City Kansas

CLE entitled “Military Divorce”, presented by National Business Institute, November 1, 2016, via video webcast

CLE entitled “Introduction to Divorce of Military Members”, presented by MyLaw CLE and the Federal Bar Association, February 27, 2017, via video webcast

CLE entitled “Top Mistakes in Military Divorce”, presented by National Business Institute, June 29, 2017, via video webcast

CLE entitled “Military Divorce & Retirement Legal Seminar”, presented to the San Antonio Bar Association, October 12-14, 2017, San Antonio, Texas

CLE entitled “Recent Changes in Domestic Relations Law – Military” and “Case Law Update”, presented to the Leavenworth County Bar Association, November 9, 2017, Leavenworth, Kansas

CLE entitled “Military Divorce Law 101”, presented by National Business Institute, December 4, 2018, via video webcast

CLE entitled “Military Divorce 101: Introduction to Issues”, presented by Law Practice CLE, recorded on May 9, 2019, replayed via video webcast

CLE entitled “Military 102: Advanced Issues”, presented by Law Practice CLE, recorded on May 9, 2019, replayed via video webcast

CLE entitled “Military Issues in Divorce”, presented to the 2019 Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference, June 6, 2019, Osage Beach, MO

CLE entitled “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and Military Issues in Divorce and Family Law”, presented to the Wyandotte County Bar Association, May 13, 2020, via Zoom

CLE entitled “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act”, presented to the Missouri Creditors Bar, Inc., March 26, 2021, via Zoom

Free Course entitled “Has Your Client Served in the U.S. Military? Why It’s Important”, presented by National Business Institute, May 13, 2021, via live webcast

CLE entitled “Military Issues in Divorce”, presented to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 14, 2021, via Zoom

CLE entitled “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act”, presented to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 25, 2021, via Zoom

Professional Experience

JOSEPH A. DEWOSKIN, PC, Kansas City, KS (2014-current)

Attorney in private practice

Broad range of focus in a private practice setting including but not limited to:

Family Law, Military Law (criminal), Landlord/tenant, Juvenile Law, Employment Law specifically related to Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Represent and advise clients in a succinct and professional manner addressing pros and cons of decisions made and how to obtain the best possible outcome

Retained as and testified as an expert for military related issues involving the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and military issues in divorces including drafting orders dividing military pensions

WAITS, BROWNLEE, BERGER & DEWOSKIN, Kansas City, MO (2000–2014)

Attorney in private practice

Broad range of focus in a private practice setting including but not limited to:

Contract law, Debt collection, Family law, Landlord/tenant, Social Security disability, Criminal law, Municipal law, Estate planning, Juvenile Law, Probate, Military Law, Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Represented and advised over 750 clients across numerous legal issues using extensive knowledge and experience to assist the client in obtaining the best possible outcome

Retained as expert for military related issues involving the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and military issues in divorces including drafting orders dividing military pensions

U.S. ARMY JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S CORPS, ARMY RESERVES (2000- December 2018)

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel, Retired

Variety of legal roles ranging from senior leadership legal advisor to roles supervising attorneys and paralegals and providing legal advice to clients. As advisor provided recommendations on direction to take for soldier misconduct.

U.S. ARMY JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S CORPS, ACTIVE DUTY (1992–2000)

Chief, Criminal Law Section/Special Asst. U.S. Attorney, Fort Leavenworth, KS (1998–2000)

Operational Law Trainer, Fort Leavenworth, KS (1996–1998)

Trial Defense Attorney, Fort Leavenworth, KS (1994–1996)(among other clients, represented inmates at the U.S. military’s maximum security prison)

Claims Attorney, Port au Prince, Haiti (1994)

Trial Counsel/Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Fort Drum, NY (1994)

Operational Law Judge Advocate, Fort Drum, NY and Joint Task Force Somalia (1993–1994)

Legal Assistance Attorney, Fort Drum, NY; Hurricane Andrew Relief Operation, Homestead, Florida; Army Forces Command, Mogadishu, Somalia (1992–1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 2001

  • Missouri, 1991

  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri

    • J.D. - 1991

  • Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania

    • B.A. in English and Political Science