Attorney Howard Lotven

I use a unique combination of honesty and compassion in every case I take on, acting as a buffer between my clients and the legal system. As a criminal defense attorney, I aim to protect my clients from overcharges and negotiate for the option of probation instead of a jail sentence. Within family law, I work hard to win custody for my clients and determine a living situation that will be in the best interest of the child.

When faced with a legal issue, you deserve every opportunity to seek a fair outcome. Start working with an experienced attorney committed to putting your needs first. At Howard L. Lotven, P.C., I’m ready to be your advocate every step of the way.

My approach involves telling clients the good, the bad, and the ugly. You deserve to be fully informed throughout your case.

Legal Fields & Experience

Presently, I primarily represent clients in criminal/municipal courts and traffic courts, including CDL defense. Throughout my career, I have served on both sides of the courtroom and handled over 10,000 cases. I also have 10 years of experience as a part-time municipal court judge.

In addition to criminal defense, I also advise clients in family law matters such as divorce, paternity, modification of child support, custody and visitation. Contact my office in Kansas City, Missouri, today to request a free 30-minute consultation. I represent clients throughout the area, including Independence, Rock Port, and Lexington.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1984

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1984

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2019


  • J.D. - University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, 1984

  • B.A. - Drake University, 1981

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

    • Municipal Court Committee, 1984–1989 and 1999–2018

    • Secretary, 1988

    • Municipal Court Committee, Vice-Chairperson, 2001

    • Municipal Court Committee, Chairperson, 2002

    • Family Law Committee, 2002–2018

    • Criminal Law Section, 2002–2018

    • Nominating Committee, 2012 (Criminal Law Committee)

    • Volunteer Attorney Project, 1992–Present

  • Missouri Bar Association

    • Young Lawyers’ Council Representative, 1986–1988

    • Criminal Law Committee, 1989–Present

    • General Practice Committee, 1989–Present

    • Missouri Public Service Committee Co-Chairperson, 1991–1992

    • Executive Committee, 1993–1999

    • Criminal Law Committee, 1993–1999

    • Solo and Small Practice Seminar Committee, 1997–1999

  • American Bar Association, 1984–1987 and 2005–2006

  • American Association for Justice, 1986–1990

  • Municipal Court Prosecutors Association of Western Missouri, 1992–Present

    • Board of Directors, 2006–2018

  • Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, 2007–2019

  • Candidate for Judgeship for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, 2005

  • Association of Women Lawyers, Member, 2010–2018


  • Who's Who in the Law

  • Who's Who in the Midwest

  • Who's Who in America

  • Who's Who in the World

  • Outstanding Americans

  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society

  • CASA Attorney of the Year

  • Volunteer Attorney Project Award

  • Kansas City Attorney Of The Year – The Local Newspaper

  • Cambridge Who's Who in America

  • Missouri Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Classes & Seminars

  • Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Missouri Bar Association, 1987–1990

  • Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Missouri Bar Association, 1992

  • Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Missouri Bar Association, 1997

  • Law Day Speaker, Missouri Bar Association, 1986

  • Law Day Speaker, Missouri Bar Association, 1996

  • Lecturer, Practicing in Municipal and Traffic Courts, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 1999–2017

Current Employment

  • Howard L. Lotven, P.C., Attorney

  • City of Lake Lafayette, MO, City Attorney - City Prosecutor

Past Employment

  • City of Kansas City, MO, Assistant City Prosecutor, June–December 1985

  • City of Napoleon, MO, Municipal Court Judge

  • City of Harrisonville, MO, City Attorney - City Prosecutor, 1989–1991

  • City of Napoleon, Missouri, City Attorney - City Prosecutor, 2001–2007