Best Lawyers in 417-land 2012

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 2012 Best Lawyers list

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

 

 

Methodology:
This list is excerpted from the 2012 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 124 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 2012 edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 3.9 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 2012 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 email 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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These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America® 2012, which includes listings for more than 43,000 lawyers in 124 specialties, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The Best Lawyers in America® is published by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, South Carolina and can be ordered directly from the publisher.  For information call 803-648-0300; write 237 Park Ave., S.W., First Floor, Aiken, SC 29801; email info@bestlawyers.com; or visit www.bestlawyers.com.  Online subscriptions to Best Lawyers® databases are available at www.bestlawyers.com

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Appellate Practice

Springfield
Phillip R. Garrison
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Arbitration

Springfield
Michael J. Patton
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite A, P.O. Box 4043, Springfield, 417-883-2102

Banking and Finance Law

Springfield
Thomas J. O’Neal
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

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

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Carthage
J. Kevin Checkett
Checkett & Pauly, P.C.
517 S. Main St., P.O. Box 409, Carthage,
417-358-4049

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

Thomas J. O’Neal
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Bet-the-Company Litigation 

Springfield
Phillip R. Garrison
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200,  901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Commercial Litigation

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

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

Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

Phillip R. Garrison
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Randy P. Scheer
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

Construction Law

Springfield
Michael D. Textor
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Corporate Law

Springfield
David C. Agee
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar

Springfield
Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield, 417-831-6363

Thomas D. Carver
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield, 417-831-6363

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 & Grantham, LLC
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield, 417-831-6363

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
Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield, 417-831-6363

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

Employment Law - Management

Springfield
Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

Paul W. King 
The Law Offices of Paul W. King
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1501, Springfield, 417-862-6100

Family Law

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

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law LLC
1903 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-863-6400

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

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

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

John S. Pratt
Pratt, Fossard & Jensen
3432 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-8200

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

West Plains
Roy E. Williams, Jr. 
Henry & Williams PC
1207 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains,
417-256-8133

Family Law Mediation

Springfield
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law LLC
1903 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-863-6400

Financial Services Regulation Law

Springfield
Thomas J. O’Neal
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Insurance Law

Springfield
Michael J. Patton
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite A, P.O. Box 4043, Springfield, 417-883-2102

Labor Law - Management

Springfield
Paul W. King 
The Law Offices of Paul W. King
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1501, Springfield, 417-862-6100

Land Use & Zoning Law

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

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

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

Litigation - Banking & Finance

Springfield
John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Thomas J. O’Neal
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Carthage
J. Kevin Checkett
Checkett & Pauly, P.C.
517 S. Main St., P.O. Box 409, Carthage,
417-358-4049

Springfield
Thomas J. O’Neal
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Litigation - Construction

Springfield
Michael D. Textor
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Litigation - ERISA

Springfield
JoAnne Spears Jackson
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Litigation - Labor & Employment

Springfield
Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

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

John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Litigation - Land Use & Zoning

Springfield
John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Litigation - Real Estate

Springfield
John C. Holstein
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-869-3353

Litigation - Securities

Springfield
Joseph D. Sheppard, III
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.
 2805 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield,
417-447-4400

Litigation - Trusts & Estates

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

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

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

Mediation

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

Michael J. Patton
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite A, P.O. Box 4043, Springfield, 417-883-2102

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

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

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

Randy P. Scheer
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Springfield
Craig R. Oliver
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
205 Park Central East, Suite 511, 
Springfield, 417-865-3234

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

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Springfield
Neil P. Guion
Lathrop & Gage LLP
1845 S. National Ave., Springfield,
417-886-2000

Personal Injury Litigation

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

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

Rodney E. Loomer
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, P.C.
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite A, P.O. Box 4043, Springfield, 417-883-2102

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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

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

Rodney E. Loomer
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, P.C.
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite A, P.O. Box 4043, Springfield, 417-883-2102

Robert M. N. Palmer
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
205 Park Central East, Suite 511, 
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Joplin
Ed Hershewe
The Hershewe Law Firm, P.C.
431 S. Virginia Ave., Joplin,
417-782-3790

Springfield
Neil Chanter
Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C.
415 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield,
417-887-4300

Steve Garner
Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C.
415 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield,
417-887-4300

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

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

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

Craig R. Oliver
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
205 Park Central East, Suite 511, 
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Robert M. N. Palmer
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
205 Park Central East, Suite 511, 
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Thomas Strong
Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C.
415 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield,
417-887-4300

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

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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

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

Rodney E. Loomer
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, P.C.
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite A, P.O. Box 4043, Springfield, 417-883-2102

Robert M. N. Palmer
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
205 Park Central East, Suite 511, 
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Michael J. Patton
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC
1355 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite A, P.O. Box 4043, Springfield, 417-883-2102

Randy P. Scheer
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

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

Robert M. N. Palmer
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
205 Park Central East, Suite 511, 
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Real Estate Law

Springfield
Brett Roubal
Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool, P.C.
1901-C S. Ventura Ave., Springfield,
417-887-0133

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

Trusts and Estates

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

J. Richard Owensby
The Law Firm of Neale & Newman
1949 E. Sunshine St., Suite 1-130, P.O. Box 10327, Springfield, 417-882-9090

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

Gary A. Powell
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

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