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Joseph Samuel Passanise

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Sex Crime, Criminal Defense, Expungement, Federal Crime

About Me

Joseph S. Passanise graduated with honors from Missouri State University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication (1991) and Master’s of Arts degree in Communication (1993). He continued his education as a Rotary Scholar obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of London, Imperial College (1995) and obtained Juris Doctor Degree, with Honors, from Washburn University School of Law (1997). Passanise is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and both the Western and Eastern District Federal Courts in Missouri. Passanise has been awarded the highest rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes attorneys based on peer-review with the highest practice and ethical standards.


 


He practices criminal defense in federal, state, and municipal courts with partner Dee Wampler and associate Scott Pierson in Springfield, Missouri, and has participated in a large number of high profile jury and bench trials. Passanise is a Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) and is a frequent speaker at Missouri Bar and MACDL conferences. He has been chosen as a member by the National College of DUI Defense (2004-Present), National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (2011-Present), and teaches Legal Communication as per course faculty at Missouri State University in the Communication Department.


 


The Missouri Bar selected Passanise as a President’s Award Recipient (2009) for his work with the Non-Partisan Plan and a Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award recipient (2002) for noteworthy trial work. (Only 3 young lawyers receive this award annually). The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association honored Passanise with the 2008 President’s Award in recognition of extraordinary service to the bar. Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly chose him as a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year” (2008) and one of the top five “Up and Coming Lawyers” (2003). Just recently, The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded him the Charles M. Shaw Award for excellence in trial advocacy (2013), and he was chosen as a fellow by the prestigious American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers (ABCDL). (Only a few criminal defense lawyers out of the country are selected).


 


 


His peers have recognized him as a Best Lawyer in America (2007-Present) in the practice area of white collar, non white color and DUI defense and the Wampler and Passanise firm has been recognized as having a “Best Firm” by Best Lawyers (2011-Present). Joe has also been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine, which recognizes the top 5% of attorneys through peer review (2006-Present) and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law (2005-Present) and named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers (2007-Present). 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
    19 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    19 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Sex Crime: 25%
    19 years, 600 cases
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
    19 years, 250 cases
  5. Expungement: 10%
    19 years, 200 cases

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Sometimes)

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Scott Bradford Pierson

    Nobody works harder for their clients than the attorneys at The Law Offices Of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise. Mr. Passanise has written the book on DWI law. Worth every dime.

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    Scott Pierson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2974 E Battlefield
Springfield, MO, 65804

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MOGood Standing, Active199701/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2012
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2012
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 100 Super Lawyers in MissouriMissouri Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2011
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2010
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2009
President’s AwardMissouri Bar2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2009
Finalist for Lawyer of the YearMissouri Lawyers Weekly2009
President's AwardSpringfield Metropolitan Bar Association2008
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2008
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2007
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2007
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2006
Super LawyerMissouri Super Lawyers2006
40 Under 40Springfield Business Journal2005
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2005
One of Top Five Up and Coming LawyersMissouri Lawyers Weekly2003
Outstanding Alumni AwardPhi Delta Theta - Missouri Epsilon2002
Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy AwardMissouri Bar2002
National Registry of Who's WhoNational Registry of Who's Who2001
Outstanding Alumni AwardPhi Delta Theta - Missouri Epsilon2000
Outstanding Alumni AwardPhi Delta Theta - Missouri Epsilon1999
Class XIVLeadership Springfield1999
Class XIVLeadership Springfield1998
"Up and Comers to Watch in '99"Springfield Magazine1998
Outstanding Young Men of AmericaOutstanding Young Men of America1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Offices of Dee Wamper & Joseph S Passanise1997 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Child Abuse Defense & Resource CenterN/A2011 - Present
Federal Court, Eastern District-MissouriLicensed2009 - Present
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersFormer President2005 - 2006
American Judicature SocietyN/A2004 - Present
Supreme Court Historical SocietyN/A2004 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2004 - Present
Springfield Metropolitan Bar AssociationHistorical Committee2003 - Present
Springfield Metropolitan Bar AssociationFormer Board of Directors2003 - 2006
United States Supreme CourtLicensed2002 - Present
Eighth Circuit Court of AppealsLicensed2002 - Present
Springfield Metropolitan Bar AssociationHistorical Committee1999 - 2000
Springfield Metropolitan Bar AssociationCriminal Law Committee, Chairman1999 - 2002
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member1997 - Present
Federal Court, Western District-MissouriLicensed1997 - Present
Phi Delta PhiN/A1997 - Present
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime MemberN/A
Missouri BarN/AN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Imperial College LondonStrategic Management SpecializationMBA - Master of Business Administration1995
Missouri State UniversityCommunicationMaster of Arts1993
Missouri State UniversityPolitical Science/American Studies Emphasis/Organizational Com.BS - Bachelor of Science1991