Best Lawyers 2016

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 an attorney? You probably want to know that you have the best person on your side, and beginning the search could be daunting. Let us give you a starting point with this list of the top local lawyers.

 

METHODOLOGY FOR BEST LAWYERS®

This list is excerpted from the 2016 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 140 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 2016 edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 6.7 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 2016 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.

 

CREDIT

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bestlawyers.com. 

 

DISCLAIMER AND COPYRIGHT

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, 2015, where that information is publicly available. Consumers should contact their state bar association for verification and additional information prior to securing legal services of any attorney.

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“The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Lawyers” are registered trademarks of Woodward/White Inc.

 

APPELLATE PRACTICE

Phillip R. Garrison

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

John C. Holstein

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

James E. Meadows

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Richard L. Schnake

The Law Firm of Neale & Newman

1949 East Sunshine Street, Suite 1-130, Springfield, 417-882-9090

 

ARBITRATION

James Newberry

The Law Office of Jim Newberry

4730 South National, Suite A-2, Springfield, 417-447-1212

 

Michael J. Patton

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton

1355 East Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

BANKING AND FINANCE LAW

Thomas J. O’Neal

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis

Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Randell D. Wallace

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

BANKRUPTCY AND CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS / INSOLVENCY AND REORGANIZATION LAW

J. Kevin Checkett

Checkett & Pauly

517 South Main Street, Carthage, 417-358-4049

 

Dan R. Nelson

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Thomas J. O’Neal

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

David Schroeder

Law Offices of David Schroeder

1524 East Primrose Street, Suite A, Springfield, 417-890-1000

 

BET-THE-COMPANY LITIGATION    

Phillip R. Garrison

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

COMMERCIAL FINANCE LAW    

Thomas J. O’Neal

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

Frank M. Evans III

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Virginia L. Fry

Husch Blackwell

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Phillip R. Garrison

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

John C. Holstein

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

1949 East Sunshine, Suite 2-102 Springfield, 417-281-5100

 

CONSTRUCTION LAW

Michael D. Textor

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW    David C. Agee    

Husch Blackwell

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

CORPORATE LAW

David C. Agee

Husch Blackwell

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Dwayne A. Fulk

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: 

NON-WHITE-COLLAR    

Shane Cantin

Carver, Cantin & Grantham

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1600, Springfield, 417-429-4754

 

Thomas D. Carver

Carver, Cantin & Grantham

901 East Saint Louis Street, 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

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1600, Springfield, 417-429-4754

 

Thomas D. Carver

Carver, Cantin & Grantham

901 East Saint Louis Street, 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

901 East Saint Louis Street, 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

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Virginia L. Fry

Husch Blackwell

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Paul W. King

901 Saint Louis Street, Suite 1501, Springfield, 417-862-6100

 

EQUIPMENT FINANCE LAW

David C. Agee

Husch Blackwell

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Family Law

C. Ronald Baird

Baird Lightner Millsap

1901-C South Ventura Avenue, Springfield, 417-887-0133

 

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law

1903 East Battlefield, Springfield, 417-863-6400

 

Shane Cantin

Carver, Cantin & Grantham

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1600, Springfield, 417-429-4754

 

Susan S. Jensen

Pratt, Jensen & Grisham, LLC

3432 South Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield, 417-413-2939

 

Mark Millsap

Baird Lightner Millsap

1901-C South Ventura Avenue, Springfield, 417-887-0133

 

Lee E. Poppen

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

John S. Pratt

Pratt, Jensen & Grisham, LLC

3432 South Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield, 417-413-2939

 

F. Richard Van Pelt

Van Pelt & Van Pelt

1524 East Primrose Street, Suite A, Springfield, 417-886-9080

 

Roy E. Williams, Jr.

Henry & Williams

1207 Porter Wagoner Boulevard, West Plains, 417-256-8133

 

FAMILY LAW MEDIATION

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law

1903 East Battlefield, Springfield, 417-863-6400

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

REGULATION LAW    

Thomas J. O’Neal

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

INSURANCE LAW

Steven B. Garner

Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.

415 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Michael J. Patton

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton

1355 East Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

John Wooddell

Bruer Wooddell & Harrell

1360 East Bradford Parkway, Springfield, 417-887-2740

 

LABOR LAW – MANAGEMENT

Jay M. Dade

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Paul W. King

Paul W. King

901 Saint Louis Street, Suite 1501, Springfield, 417-862-6100

 

LAND USE AND ZONING LAW

Randell D. Wallace

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW - DEFENDANTS    

Kent O. Hyde

Hyde, Love & Overby    

1121 South Glenstone, Springfield, 417-831-4046

 

LITIGATION - BANKING AND FINANCE

John C. Holstein

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Thomas J. O’Neal

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Lee J. Viorel III

Lowther Johnson

901 St. Louis Street, 20th Floor, Springfield, 417-866-7777

 

LITIGATION – BANKRUPTCY

J. Kevin Checkett

Checkett & Pauly

517 South Main Street, Carthage, 417-358-4049

 

Thomas J. O’Neal

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200    

901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Lee J. Viorel III

Lowther Johnson

901 St. Louis Street, 20th Floor, Springfield, 417-866-7777

 

LITIGATION – CONSTRUCTION

Michael D. Textor

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

LITIGATION - LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

Jay M. Dade

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

Virginia L. Fry

Husch Blackwell

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

John C. Holstein

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

LITIGATION - LAND USE AND ZONING

John C. Holstein

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

LITIGATION - REAL ESTATE

John C. Holstein

Polsinelli

Hammons Tower, Suite 1200, 901 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, 417-869-3353

 

James E. Meadows

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

LITIGATION – SECURITIES

Joseph Dow Sheppard III

Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown

2805 South Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, 417-447-4400

 

MEDIA LAW

Bryan O. Wade

Husch Blackwell

901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

MEDIATION

Gary R. Cunningham

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

James Newberry

The Law Office of Jim Newberry

4730 South National, Suite A-2, 

Springfield, 417-447-1212

 

Michael J. Patton

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton

1355 East Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW – DEFENDANTS

Monte P. Clithero

Taylor, Stafford, Clithero,Fitzgerald & Harris

3315 East Ridgeview Street, Suite 1000, Springfield, 417-812-6786

 

Kent O. Hyde

Hyde, Love & Overby

1121 South Glenston Ave., Springfield, 417-831-4046

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

1949 East Sunshine, Suite 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

 

Steven B. Garner

Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.

415 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

H. Lynn Henry

Henry & Williams

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

Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, 431 S. Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

MORTGAGE BANKING FORECLOSURE LAW

Neil P. Guion

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Lee J. Viorel III

Lowther Johnson

901 St. Louis Street, 20th Floor, 

Springfield, 417-866-7777

 

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION – DEFENDANTS

Monte P. Clithero

Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, 

Fitzgerald & Harris

3315 East Ridgeview Street, Suite 1000, Springfield, 417-812-6786

 

Grant Q. Haden

Haden, Cowherd & Bullock

2135 East Sunshine, Suite 203, 

Springfield, 417-883-5535

 

Rodney E. Loomer

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton

1355 East Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

1949 East Sunshine, Suite 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

 

Eric M. Belk

Eric M. Belk, P.C.

1736 East Sunshine Street, Suite 600, Springfield, 417-889-1992

 

Neil Chanter

Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.

415 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven B. Garner

Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.

415 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven D. Harrell

Bruer Wooddell & Harrell

1360 East Bradford Parkway, Springfield, 417-887-2740

 

H. Lynn Henry

Henry & Williams

1207 Porter Wagoner Boulevard, West Plains, 417-256-8133

 

Edward J. Hershewe

The Hershewe Law Firm

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

1901-C South Ventura Avenue, Springfield, 417-887-0133

 

James Newberry

The Law Office of Jim Newberry

4730 South National, Suite A-2, Springfield, 417-447-1212

 

Craig R. Oliver

Law Offices of PalmerOliver

Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, 431 S. Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

Robert M. N. Palmer

Law Offices of PalmerOliver

Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, 431 S. Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION – DEFENDANTS

Grant Q. Haden

Haden, Cowherd & Bullock

2135 East Sunshine, Suite 203, Springfield, 417-883-5535

 

Kent O. Hyde

Hyde, Love & Overby

1121 South Glenstone, Springfield, 417-831-4046

 

Rodney E. Loomer

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton

1355 East Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

Michael J. Patton

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton

1355 East Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

1949 East Sunshine, Suite 2-102 Springfield, 417-281-5100

 

PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION – PLAINTIFFS

Neil Chanter

Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.

415 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven B. Garner

Strong–Garner–Bauer, P.C.

415 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven D. Harrell

Bruer Wooddell & Harrell

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

Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, 431 S. Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

REAL ESTATE LAW

Brett Roubal

Baird Lightner Millsap

1901-C South Ventura Avenue, Springfield, 417-887-0133

 

Michael D. Textor

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Randell D. Wallace

Lathrop & Gage

910 East Street Louis Street, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

TRUSTS AND ESTATES

Fred L. Hall

Hall Ansley Rodgers & Sweeney

3275 East Ridgeview Street, Springfield, 417-429-1372

 

J. Richard Owensby

The Law Firm of Neale & Newman

1949 East Sunshine Street, Suite 1-130, Springfield, 417-882-9090

 

Thomas D. Peebles, Jr.

Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown

2805 South Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, 417-447-4400

 

Gary A. Powell

Spencer Fane 

2144 East Republic Road, Suite B300, Springfield, 417-888-1000

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