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Joseph S. Passanise

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Springfield, MO

Wampler & Passanise
2974 East Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-882-9300
Fax: 417-882-9310
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed in Missouri Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Joseph S. Passanise is an attorney at Wampler & Passanise Law Office in Springfield, Missouri, where he practices criminal defense law. He represents clients throughout the Springfield area.

Practicing law for over 20 years, Mr. Passanise handles cases involving drug charges, DWI defense, and allegations of sex offenses, violent crimes and white collar crimes. He also helps people repair their records through expungement. He is an active member of his legal community and belongs to the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National College for DUI Defense and the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center.

Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Passanise an AV Preeminent* peer review rating. “The Best Lawyers in America” has listed him in its publication many years in a row and The National Trial Lawyers has included him on its “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” list every year since 2007.

Additionally, Mr. Passanise is a fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is also the recipient of awards from organizations, including the Springfield Metropolitan Bar and the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Passanise graduated with honors from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He went on to receive a master’s degree in communication from the same university and a master of business administration degree from Imperial College London. He earned his law degree from Washburn University School of Law.

Mr. Passanise holds a license to practice law before all Missouri state courts. He is also qualified to appear 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.

*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
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

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


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

About Joseph S. Passanise

First 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

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Court of Appeal 8th Circuit
  • National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (2011-Present)
  • 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

Other Outstanding Achievements

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

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)
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Office Location for Joseph S. Passanise

2974 East Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: 417-882-9300

Fax: 417-882-9310

Last Updated: 6/25/2021

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