Best Lawyers in 417-land 2011

Where do you turn when you need legal counsel? A peer-review process was used to determine the top attorneys in 417-land for the 2011 Best Lawyers list.

Methodology: This list is excerpted from the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Published since 1983, Best Lawyers lists attorneys in 91 specialties, representing all 50 states, who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in which thousands of the nation’s top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 2011 edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 2.8 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The method used to compile Best Lawyers remains unchanged since the first edition was compiled more than 25 years ago. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based solely on the vote of their peers. Listings cannot be bought, and no purchase is required to be included. In this regard, Best Lawyers remains the gold standard of reliability and integrity in lawyer ratings.

The nomination pool for the 2011 edition consisted of all lawyers whose names appeared in the previous edition of Best Lawyers, lawyers who were nominated since the previous survey, and new nominees solicited from listed attorneys. In general, lawyers were asked to vote only on nominees in their own specialty in their own jurisdiction. Lawyers in closely related specialties were asked to vote across specialties, as were lawyers in smaller jurisdictions. Where specialties are national or international in nature, lawyers were asked to vote nationally as well as locally. Voting lawyers were also given an opportunity to offer more detailed comments on nominees. Each year, half of the voting pool receives fax or e-mail ballots; the other half is polled by phone.

Voting lawyers were provided this general guideline for determining if a nominee should be listed among “the best”: “If you had a close friend or relative who needed a real estate lawyer (for example), and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them?” All votes and comments were solicited with a guarantee of confidentiality–a critical factor in the viability and validity of Best Lawyers® surveys. To ensure the rigor of the selection process, lawyers were urged to use only their highest standards when voting, and to evaluate each nominee based only on his or her individual merits. The additional comments were used to make more accurate comparisons between voting patterns and weight votes accordingly. Best Lawyers uses various methodological tools to identify and correct for anomalies in both the nomination and voting process.

Ultimately, of course, a lawyer’s inclusion is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow attorneys. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, the breadth of the survey, the candor of the respondents, and the sophistication of the polling methodology largely correct for any biases.

For all these reasons, Best Lawyers lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful guide to the best lawyers in the United States available anywhere.

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About Best Lawyers in America: These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America® 2011, which includes listings for more than 41,000 lawyers in 91 specialties, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Springfield
Gary R. Cunningham
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000

Michael J. Patton
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Ste. A, Springfield
417-883-2102


Appellate Law

Springfield
Phillip R. Garrison
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353

John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353


Banking Law

Springfield
Thomas J. O’Neal
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353

Randell D. Wallace
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000


Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

Carthage
J. Kevin Checkett
Checkett & Pauly
517 S. Main St., Carthage
417-358-4049

Springfield
Dan R. Nelson
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000

Thomas J. O’Neal
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353


Commercial Litigation

Springfield
Gary R. Cunningham
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000

Frank M. Evans III
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000

Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell Sanders
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1900, Springfield
417-268-4000

Phillip R. Garrison
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353

John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353

Randy P. Scheer
Husch Blackwell Sanders
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1900, Springfield
417-268-4000


Construction Law

Springfield
Michael D. Textor
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353


Corporate Law

Springfield
David C. Agee
Husch Blackwell Sanders
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1900, Springfield
417-268-4000


Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar

Springfield
Thomas D. Carver
Carver & Cantin
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1600, Springfield
417-429-4754

Joseph S. Passanise
The Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise
2974 E. Battlefield, Springfield
417-882-9300

Dee Wampler
The Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise
2974 E. Battlefield, Springfield
417-882-9300


Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Springfield
Thomas D. Carver
Carver & Cantin
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1600, Springfield
417-429-4754

Joseph S. Passanise
The Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise
2974 E. Battlefield, Springfield
417-882-9300

Dee Wampler
The Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise
2974 E. Battlefield, Springfield
417-882-9300


DUI/DWI Defense

Springfield
Joseph S. Passanise
The Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise
2974 E. Battlefield, Springfield
417-882-9300


Employee Benefits Law

Springfield
JoAnne Spears Jackson
Polsinelli Shughart
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1200, Springfield
417-869-3353


Family Law

Springfield
C. Ronald Baird
Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool
1901-C S. Ventura, Springfield
417-887-0133

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law
1518 E. Bradford Pkwy., Springfield
417-863-6400

M. Douglas Harpool
Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool
1901-C S. Ventura, Springfield
417-887-0133

Mark Millsap
Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool
1901-C S. Ventura, Springfield
417-887-0133

Lee E. Poppen
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000

John S. Pratt
Pratt, Fossard, Jensen & Masters
3432 S. Culpepper Ct., Ste. A, Springfield
417-883-8200

F. Richard Van Pelt
Van Pelt and Van Pelt
1524 E. Primrose St., Ste. A, Springfield
417-886-9080


Family Law Mediation

Springfield
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law
1518 E. Bradford Pkwy., Springfield
417-863-6400

Insurance Law

Springfield
Michael J. Patton
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Ste. A, Springfield
417-883-2102


Labor and Employment Law

Springfield
Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell Sanders
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1900,  Springfield
417-268-4000

Paul W. King
Paul W. King, LLC.
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1501, Springfield
417-862-6100


Land Use & Zoning Law

Springfield
Randell D. Wallace
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National, Springfield
417-886-2000


Legal Malpractice Law

Springfield
Kent O. Hyde
Hyde, Love & Overby
1121 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-831-4046


Mass Tort Litigation

Springfield
Gary R. Cunningham
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000


Medical Malpractice Law

Springfield
Monte P. Clithero
Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, Fitzgerald & Harris
3315 E. Ridgeview, Ste. 1000, Springfield
417-887-2020

Kent O. Hyde
Hyde, Love & Overby
1121 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-831-4046

West Plains
H. Lynn Henry
Henry, Williams & Engelbrecht
1207 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains
417-256-8133


Personal Injury Litigation

Joplin
Edward J. Hershewe
The Hershewe Law Firm
431 S. Virginia Ave., Joplin
417-622-4941

Springfield
Jeff Bauer
Strong, Garner & Bauer
415 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield
417-887-4300

Monte P. Clithero
Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, Fitzgerald & Harris
3315 E. Ridgeview, Ste. 1000, Springfield
417-887-2020

Gary R. Cunningham
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000

Steven B. Garner
Strong, Garner & Bauer
415 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield
417-887-4300

Steven D. Harrell
Bruer Wooddell & Harrell
1360 E. Bradford Pkwy., Springfield
417-887-2740

Kurt Larson
Larson Law Firm
3331 E. Ridgeview St., Springfield
417-890-6677

John R. Lightner
Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool
1901-C South Ventura, Springfield
417-887-0133

Rodney E. Loomer
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Ste. A, Springfield
417-883-2102

Robert M. N. Palmer
Law Offices of Palmer Oliver
The Holland Building, Ste. 511, 205 Park Central East, Springfield
417-865-3234

Thomas G. Strong
Strong, Garner & Bauer
415 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield
417-887-4300

West Plains
H. Lynn Henry
Henry, Williams & Engelbrecht
1207 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains
417-256-8133


Product Liability Litigation

Springfield
Gary R. Cunningham
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000

Steven D. Harrell
Bruer Wooddell & Harrell
1360 E. Bradford Pkwy., Springfield
417-887-2740

Kent O. Hyde
Hyde, Love & Overby
1121 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-831-4046

Rodney E. Loomer
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Ste. A, Springfield
417-883-2102

Robert M. N. Palmer
Law Offices of Palmer Oliver
The Holland Building, Ste. 511, 205 Park Central East, Springfield
417-865-3234

Michael J. Patton
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Ste. A, Springfield
417-883-2102

Randy P. Scheer
Husch Blackwell Sanders
901 St. Louis St., Ste. 1900, Springfield
417-268-4000


Real Estate Law

Springfield
Randell D. Wallace
Lathrop & Gage
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-886-2000


Securities Law

Springfield
Joseph Dow Sheppard
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown
2805 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield
417-447-4400


Trusts and Estates

Springfield
Clifford S. Brown
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown
2805 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield
417-447-4400

J. Richard Owensby
The Law Firm of Neale & Newman
1949 E. Sunshine St., Ste. 1-130, Springfield
417-882-9090

Thomas D. Peebles, Jr.
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown
2805 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield
417-447-4400

 

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