Joseph S. Passanise

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Springfield, MO

Law Offices of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanise
 | 2974 East Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-882-9300
Fax: 417-882-9310
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Joseph S. Passanise is a co-founder and partner in the Law Offices of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanise in Springfield, Missouri. Focusing his practice on exclusively criminal defense, he represents clients throughout Missouri in a wide range of felony and misdemeanor matters, including high-profile jury and bench trials involving sexual assault, gun and drug charges, driving while intoxicated, and state and federal white collar crimes.

After graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in political science, Mr. Passanise earned a Master of Arts in communication from the same university in 1993. After obtaining a Master of Business Administration from University of London Imperial College in 1994, he attended Washburn University School of Law, where he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1997. While in law school, he was named to the Order of Barristers and received a Corpus Juris Secundum award in criminal law. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Mr. Passanise is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Highly regarded by his peers, Mr. Passanise has been awarded an AV-Preeminent* rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Included among his many other honors are the Lon O. Hocker Award and President's Award from The Missouri Bar and the 2008 President's Award from the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

A past president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. Passanise remains active in that organization as well as many other professional groups, including the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. and the American Judicature Society. A frequent speaker at conferences of fellow attorneys, he also gives freely of his time and services to the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Law, Expungement

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%): DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Expungement, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About Joseph Passanise

Admitted: 1997, Missouri

Professional Webpage:


  • AV-Preeminent* rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Received a Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Criminal Law
  • Order of Barristers
  • With Honors, Washburn University School of Law, 1997
  • Non-Partisan Court Plan effort in Greene County
  • One of the Top Five "up and coming lawyers" for the state of Missouri, 2003
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association President's recently honored Passanise with the 2008 President Award
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2005 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - Present
  • President’s Award, Missouri Bar, 2009
  • Finalist for “Lawyer of the Year” by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, 2009
  • Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award, Missouri Bar, 2002

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • I have been recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a General Member in good standing. This organization recognizes attorneys that handle driving under the influence cases

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, National College of DUI Defense, 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2007 - Present
  • Past President, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeal 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Parenting Life Skills Board (2008 – Present)
  • Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation – (Missouri Epsilon Chapter) President (1998-Present) Vice President (1997-1998)
  • Phi Delta Theta- Province President (2001-Present)
  • Lectures at High Schools and Colleges about Criminal Law and Constitutional Issues

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Frequent Speaker at Missouri Bar and MACDL Conferences

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • January 1998 to Present- Missouri State University- Per Course Faculty- Legal Communication

Educational Background:

  • University of London, Imperial College, M.B.A., Rotary Scholar, 1995
  • Missouri State University, M.A. in Communication, 1993
  • Missouri State University, Degree in Political Science and Communication, with honors, 1991
Office Location for Joseph S. Passanise

2974 East Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: 417-882-9300

Fax: 417-882-9310

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Last Updated: 8/6/2018

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