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: 417-203-8412
Fax: 417-882-9310
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America for over a decade, Joseph S. Passanise is an attorney with the Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise and represents clients in Springfield, Missouri, and the surrounding areas in matters of criminal law. In municipal, federal and state courts, Mr. Passanise’s focus extends to DWI, drug violations, federal criminal law and sex offenses. He has over 20 years of experience.

Mr. Passanise has a long, successful educational background. At Missouri State University, he graduated with honors with an undergraduate degree in communication and political science in 1991 and a Master of Arts in communication in 1993. At the Imperial College London, he earned a Master of Business Administration, and then he attended the Washburn University School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 1997 with his Juris Doctor.

A chosen member of The National College of DUI Defense and the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center, Mr. Passanise has also served as president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a current fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and in 2009, he was given the President’s Award by the Missouri Bar Association and the Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award in 2002.

For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, Mr. Passanise holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He was named in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and among America’s Top 100 Attorneys, he was recognized in 2017 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. To give back to his community, he actively works with the Parenting Life Skills Board.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Sex Offenses

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

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

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Sex Offenses, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime


Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

Email Me

To: Joseph S. Passanise
Super Lawyers: Potential Client Inquiry

About Joseph Passanise

Admitted: 1997, Missouri

Professional Webpage:


  • Lifetime Achievement, America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2007 - Present
  • Super Lawyer, Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Super Lawyer, Missouri Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Awardee, Lawyer of the Year, MO Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2018
  • Awardee, Charles M. Shaw Award, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
  • President’s Award, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 2008
  • Finalist for “Lawyer of the Year” by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, 2009
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 2013
  • Non-Partisan Court Plan effort in Greene County
  • One of the Top Five "up and coming lawyers" for the state of Missouri, 2003
  • Order of Barristers
  • President’s Award, Missouri Bar, 2009
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2005 - Present
  • Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award, Missouri Bar, 2002
  • Received a Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Criminal Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - Present
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association President's recently honored Passanise with the 2008 President Award
  • With Honors, Washburn University School of Law, 1997
  • AV-Preeminent* rating by Martindale-Hubbell

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:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation – (Missouri Epsilon Chapter) President (1998-Present) Vice President (1997-1998)
  • Member, National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center, 2011 - Present
  • Parenting Life Skills Board (2008 – Present)
  • Lectures at High Schools and Colleges about Criminal Law and Constitutional Issues
  • Phi Delta Theta- Province President (2001-Present)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Frequent Speaker at Missouri Bar and MACDL Conferences
  • Author, Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings, Aspatore, 2013 and 2014

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

Educational Background:

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

2974 East Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: 417-203-8412

Fax: 417-882-9310

Joseph S. Passanise:

Last Updated: 10/3/2019

Page Generated: 0.21016097068787 sec