Best Lawyers 2015

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.

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

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These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America® 2015, which includes listings for more than 52,000 lawyers in 137 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, Suite 101, Aiken, SC 29801; email info@bestlawyers.com; or visit bestlawyers.com. Online subscriptions to Best Lawyers® databases are available at bestlawyers.com.

 

Methodology for Best Lawyers®

This list is excerpted from the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the pre-eminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Published since 1983, Best Lawyers lists attorneys in 137 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 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 5.5 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 based on the vote of their peers. Listings cannot be bought, and no purchase is required to be included. In this regard, Best Lawyers remains a standard of reliability and integrity in lawyer ratings.

The nomination pool for the 2015 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.

Lawyers were provided this 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 bestlawyers.com. “Best Lawyers” and “The Best Lawyers in America” are registered trademarks of Woodward/White Inc. 

 

Disclaimer and Copyright

These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America© 2015, which includes listings for more than 52,000 lawyers in 137 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, Suite 101, Aiken, SC 29801; email info@bestlawyers.com; or visit www.bestlawyers.com. Online subscriptions to Best Lawyers databases are available at 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, 2014, 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 2014 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 Newberry
The Law Office of Jim Newberry LLC
4730 S. 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
910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

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
910 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
Law Offices of David Schroeder, P.C.
1524 E. Primrose St., 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
910 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 
Corporate Centre 2-102, 1949 E. Sunshine St., 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 
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

 

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

Family Law

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

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law, LLC
1903 E. 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 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield, 417-413-2939

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

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

John S. Pratt
Pratt & Jensen, LLC
3432 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield, 417-413-2939

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

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

(Editor’s note: Roy E. Williams, Jr. was voted a Best Lawyer for Family Law, but in fact he does not practice anymore.)

 

Family Law Mediation

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law, LLC
1903 E. 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

Steven B. Garner
Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C.
415 E. 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
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
910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants

Kent O. Hyde    
Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP
1121 S. Glenstone Ave., 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

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

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

Lee J. Viorel III
Lowther Johnson LLC
901 E. Saint Louis St., 20th Floor, Springfield, 417-866-7777

 

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

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 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield, 417-447-4400

 

Litigation–Trusts and Estates

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

 

Mediation

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

James 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 Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants

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

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

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

 

Medical Malpractice Law– Plaintiffs

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

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

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
510 W. Sixth St., Joplin, 417-206-0100

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

 

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Neil P. Guion
Lathrop & Gage LLP
910 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 St., Suite 1000, Springfield, 417-812-6786

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

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

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

 

Personal Injury Litigation–Plaintiffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
510 W. Sixth St., Joplin, 417-206-0100

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

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

(Editor’s note: John R. Lightner was voted a Best Lawyer for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs, but in fact he practices Litigation.)

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

(Editor’s note: James Newberry was voted a Best Lawyer for Personal Injury Litigation–Plaintiffs, but in fact he no longer practices.)

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

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

 

Product Liability Litigation–Defendants

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

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
Corporate Centre 2-102, 1949 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-281-5100

 

Product Liability Litigation–Plaintiffs

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

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

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
510 W. Sixth St., Joplin, 417-206-0100

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

 

Real Estate Law 

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

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

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

 

Trusts and Estates

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

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

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

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

Gary A. Powell
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
3259 E. Ridgeview St., Springfield, 417-888-1000

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