Hugh is a trial attorney and grandson of our founding partner, Louis Kranitz, and son of Theodore Kranitz who also practiced in the firm. Hugh had the distinct and rare privilege to practice alongside of both his grandfather and father. His entire practice has been dedicated to serving his community in St. Joseph. His practice concentration is in the areas of major criminal law matters, family law, and business law. He handles Federal criminal cases ranging from the most minor to the most serious in nature. He has represented death penalty matters and litigated cases in jurisdictions beyond Missouri.
Hugh graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph, Missouri. He then went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. studying International Relations and graduating with a Bachelor’s in Science in Foreign Service (BSFS). After graduating he attended University of Puget Sound, now Seattle University, with his law degree (JD).
Hugh often receives referrals from all over the United States as well as from other local attorneys and professionals. Hugh was elected to the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar where he served from 1986 to 1992. He also served on the Executive Committee for the Board of Governors from 1988 to 1989. Hugh served as the Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee for the Missouri Bar. He also served as President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) from 1988 to 1989. Hugh us admitted to practice in Missouri and before the United States District Court Western District of Missouri.
Hugh’s personal philosophy is grounded in the ethical and legal principles of fairness and justice. He firmly believes that all people deserve fair and equitable treatment in all areas of their lives, especially within the legal system. He is a zealous advocate for his clients, working to assure they are protected through his representation.