Joseph S. Passanise

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Springfield, Missouri

Wampler & Passanise
Joseph S. Passanise
Wampler & Passanise

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in Missouri since: 1997

Education: Washburn University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Wampler & Passanise

2974 East Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804 Visit website


Joseph S. Passanise has practiced criminal defense in Federal, state, and municipal courts for more than 25 years. He is the Managing Partner of Wampler & Passanise in Springfield, Missouri, one of the Midwest's leading criminal defense firms. Super Lawyers MO/KS has recognized Joe for the past 17 years. He is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL) and has been one of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers since 2007. 

Passanise 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, and is a Sustaining Member of the National College of DUI Defense. 

He graduated with honors from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and went on to receive a master’s degree in communication from MSU and an MBA from Imperial College, London. He earned his law degree from Washburn University School of Law. 

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

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

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

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)

Office location for Joseph S. Passanise

2974 East Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: 417-882-9300


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Top Lists

Top 100: Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers: 2011

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