Best Lawyers 2013

Looking for an attorney just got a lot easier with this handy resource for locating the best of the best in southwest Missouri.

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

What do you do when you find yourself in need of a good attorney? You will probably want to know that you have the best person on your side, and looking for an attorney just got a lot easier with this handy resource for locating the best of the best in southwest Missouri.

These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America® 2013, which includes listings for more than 50,000 lawyers in 129 specialties, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

James W. Newberry
The Law Office of Jim Newberry LLC
4730 S. National Ave., Suite A-2
Springfield, 417-447-1212

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

Appellate Practice

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

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

 

Banking and Finance Law

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

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

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

 

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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

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

David Schroeder
Law Offices of David Schroeder
1524 E. Primrose St., Suite A
Springfield, 417-890-1000

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

 

Bet-the-Company Litigation

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

 

Commercial Litigation

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

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

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

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

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren & Russell LLP 
1949 E. Sunshine St., Corporate Centre 2-102
Springfield, 417-281-5100

 

Construction Law

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

 

Corporate Law

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

 

Criminal Defense:  Non-White-Collar

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC 
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600
Springfield, 417-429-4754

Thomas D. Carver
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC 
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 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

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC 
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600
Springfield, 417-429-4754

Thomas D. Carver
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC 
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 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

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC 
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600
Springfield, 417-429-4754

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

 

Family Law

C. Ronald Baird
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

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Grantham, LLC 
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600
Springfield, 417-429-4754

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

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

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

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

F. Richard Van Pelt
Van Pelt & Van Pelt, P.C.
1524 E. Primrose St., Suite A
Springfield, 417-886-9080

 

Family Law Mediation

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

 

Insurance Law

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

 

Labor and Employment Law

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

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

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

Jay M. Dade
Polsinelli Shughart PC
901 Saint Louis St., Hammons Tower, Suite 1200
Springfield, 417-869-3353

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

 

Land Use & Zoning Law

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

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

 

Legal Malpractice Law

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

 

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions

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

 

Medical Malpractice Law

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

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

Craig R. Oliver 
Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Randy P. Scheer 
Sanders Warren & Russell LLP 
1949 E. Sunshine St., Corporate Centre 2-102
Springfield, 417-281-5100

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

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

 

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

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

 

Personal Injury Litigation

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

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

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

Grant Q. Haden 
Haden, Cowherd & Bullock L.L.C.
2135 E. Sunshine St., Suite 203
Springfield, 417-883-5535

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

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

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

Craig R. Oliver 
Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Robert M. N. Palmer 
Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Randy P. Scheer 
Sanders Warren & Russell LLP 
1949 E. Sunshine St., Corporate Centre 2-102
Springfield, 417-281-5100

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

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

Steven B. Garner 
Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C.
415 E. Chestnut Expy., Suite A 
Springfield, 417-887-4300

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

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

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

James S. Newberry 
The Law Office of Jim Newberry LLC
4730 S. National Ave., Suite A-2
Springfield, 417-447-1212

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

 

Product Liability Litigation

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

Grant Q. Haden 
Haden, Cowherd & Bullock L.L.C.
2135 E. Sunshine St., Suite 203
Springfield, 417-883-5535

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

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

Robert M. N. Palmer 
Law Offices of PalmerOliver, P.C.
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120
Springfield, 417-865-3234

Randy P. Scheer 
Sanders Warren & Russell LLP 
1949 E. Sunshine St., Corporate Centre 2-102
Springfield, 417-281-5100

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

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

 

Real Estate Law

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

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

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

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

 

Securities / Capital Markets Law

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

 

Trusts and Estates

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

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

Fred L. Hall
Hall Ansley Rodgers &  Sweeney, P.C.
3275 E. Ridgeview St.
Springfield, 417-429-1372

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

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

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