Our experience with Kansas DUI cases

John W. Thurston and Thomas D. Addair have been handling DUI cases since they first became lawyers; initially as prosecutors and now as aggressive defense attorneys.


Former Prosecutors

  • Conducted countless DUI trials and hearings
  • Received specialized training for DUI cases only available to prosecutors
  • Completed breath test and sobriety training with the Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Drafted alcohol-related laws for the City of Manhattan

DUI Defense

  • Experienced with all types of DUI cases
  • Defended those accused of DUI in courts throughout Northeast Kansas
  • Received advanced training in breath, blood and sobriety testing
  • Taught other attorneys


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
John W. Thurston. I received my B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1995 and my law degree from the South Texas College of Law in 2000. South Texas College of Law is the largest law school in the state of Texas and is also nationally renowned for training some of the best trial lawyers in the United States.
Thomas D. Addair. I graduated from Kansas State University in 1997 and received my law degree from the University of Kansas in 2001. I earned a reputation as an aggressive DUI prosecutor and now as a defense attorney, I bring that same aggressiveness to bear in representing my clients.
Krista Blaisdell. I joined Addair Thurston in January of 2010, and am currently an Associate Attorney with the firm.

My practice focuses on criminal defense, DUI defense, and traffic defense. I have handled simple misdemeanors through felony cases, including DUI’s, possession of illegal drugs, domestic battery, aggravated battery, and other various criminal charges.

I am admitted to the Kansas Bar (2010); the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (2010); and the Missouri Bar (2009) (inactive-2010). I am also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Kansas Bar Association, Riley County Bar Association and the Geary County Bar Association.

I am a 2009 magna cum laude graduate from Valparaiso University School of Law and a 2006 summa cum laude graduate from Kansas Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. While at Valparaiso University I served as an associate editor for the Valparaiso University Law Review and my article, “Protecting the Playgrounds of the Twenty-First Century: Analyzing Computer & Internet Restrictions for Internet Sex Offenders,” was published in the spring of 2009.

Before joining the firm, I worked as a legal extern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Chicago Field Division, and the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office. Additionally, I clerked for Hoeppner, Wagner, and Evans, Valparaiso, Indiana.

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Addair Thurston Chtd.
Manhattan, Kansas DUI lawyers

900 Poyntz Ave.
Manhattan, Kansas 66502

725 N. Washington Street
Junction City, Kansas 66441