Best Lawyers 2013

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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 starting the search might seem a bit daunting. Well, 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® 2014, which includes listings for more than 50,000 lawyers in 134 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., SW, Aiken, SC 29801; email info@bestlawyers.com; or visit www.bestlawyers.com. Online subscriptions to Best Lawyers® databases are available at www.bestlawyers.com 

Methodology

This list is excerpted from the 2014 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 134 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 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 4.9 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.   

The method used to compile Best Lawyers remains unchanged since the first edition was compiled more than 30 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 2014 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. Best Lawyers lists are available at www.bestlawyers.com. “Best Lawyers” and “The Best Lawyers in America” are registered trademarks of Woodward/White Inc. 

Disclaimer

These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America© 2014, which includes listings for more than 50,000 lawyers in 134 specialties, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

The Best Lawyers in America© is published by Woodward/White Inc., Aiken, S.C., and can be ordered directly from the publisher. For information call (803) 648-0300; write 237 Park Ave, SW, 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. 

Woodward/White Inc. has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All listed attorneys have been verified as being members in good standing with their respective state bar associations as of July 1, 2013, where that information is publicly available. Consumers should contact their state bar for verification and additional information prior to securing legal services of any attorney. 

Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White Inc., Aiken, S.C. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of this list may be made without permission of Woodward/White, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of this list without permission. “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Lawyers” are registered trademarks of Woodward/White, Inc.

Appellate Practice

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

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

 

Arbitration

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

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

 

Banking and Finance Law

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

Randell D. Wallace
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100
Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and
Reorganization Law

Kevin Checkett
Checkett & Pauly, P.C.
517 South Main Street Carthage,
417-358-4049

Dan R. Nelson
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100 Springfield, 417-886-2000

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

David Schroeder
David Schroeder Law Offices, P.C.
1524 East Primrose Street, Suite A Springfield, 417-890-1000

 

Bet-the-Company Litigation

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

 

Commercial Litigation

Frank M. Evans III
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100
Springfield, 417-886-2000

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

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

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

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

 

Construction Law

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

 

Corporate Law

David C. Agee
Husch Blackwell LLP
901 E. 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 East Battlefield
Springfield, 417-882-9300

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

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

 

Employment Law—Management

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

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

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

 

Family Law

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

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

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

Susan S. Jensen
Pratt & Jensen, LLC
3432 South Culpepper Court,
Suite A Springfield, 417-883-8200

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

Lee E. Poppen
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

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

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

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

Family Law

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

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

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

Susan S. Jensen
Pratt & Jensen, LLC
3432 South Culpepper Court,
Suite A Springfield, 417-883-8200

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

Lee E. Poppen
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

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

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

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

 

Family Law Mediation

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

Financial Services Regulation Law

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

 

Insurance Law

Steve Garner
Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.
415 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

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

 

Labor Law —Management

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

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

 

Land Use and Zoning Law

Randell D. Wallace
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100
Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants

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

 

Litigation—Banking and Finance

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

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

 

Litigation – Bankruptcy

Kevin Checkett
Checkett & Pauly, P.C.
517 South Main Street Carthage,
417-358-4049

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

 

Litigation—Construction

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

 

Litigation—Labor and Employment

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

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

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

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

 

Litigation—Land Use and Zoning

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

 

Litigation—Real Estate

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

 

Litigation—Securities

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

 

Litigation—Trusts and Estates

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

Mediation

Gary R. Cunningham
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

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

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

 

Medical Malpractice Law—Defendants

Monte P. Clithero
Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, Fitzgerald & Harris, LLP
3315 E. Ridgeview Street, Suite 1000, Springfield, 417-812-6786

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

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

Medical Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs

Neil Chanter
Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.
415 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, 417-887-4300

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
510 West Sixth Street
Joplin, 417-206-0100

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

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Neil P. Guion
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100
Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Personal Injury Litigation
Defendants

Monte P. Clithero
Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, Fitzgerald & Harris LLP
3315 E. Ridgeview Street, Suite 1000, Springfield, 417-812-6786

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

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

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

 

Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

Jeff Bauer
Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.
415 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, 417-887-4300

Neil Chanter
Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.
415 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, 417-887-4300

Steve Garner
Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.
415 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, 417-887-4300

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

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

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

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
510 West Sixth Street, Joplin,
417-206-0100

Kurt Larson
Larson Law Firm
3331 East Ridgeview Street, Springfield, 417-890-6677

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

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

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

 

Product Liability Litigation­Defendants

Gary R. Cunningham
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

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

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

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

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

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

 

Product Liability Litigation—Plaintiffs

Steven Garner
Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.
415 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
510 West Sixth Street, Joplin,
417-206-0100

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

 

Real Estate Law

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

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

Randell D. Wallace
Lathrop & Gage LLP
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Trusts and Estates

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

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

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

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

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

 

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