Best Lawyers 2017

The law can be a complicated and stressful topic, especially when you find yourself in a courtroom, so you want the most qualified attorney at your side. Find the expert who can help you navigate the system with this list of top local lawyers.

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

Methodology for Best Lawyers®

This list is excerpted from the 2017 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 2017 edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 7.3 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 2017 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.

 

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, 2016, 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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Credit

This list is excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America© 2016, which includes listings for more than 54,000 lawyers in 140 practice areas, 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, S.C. 29801; email info@bestlawyers.com; or visit bestlawyers.com. An online subscription to Best Lawyers® is available at bestlawyers.com.

 

Appellate Practice

John C. Holstein

John C. Holstein

850 E. Sterling Ridge Court, Springfield,417-894-3953

 

James E. Meadows

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Richard L. Schnake

The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP

1949 E. Sunshine St., Suite 1-130, Springfield, 417-882-9090

 

Arbitration

Michael J. Patton

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC

1355 E. Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

Banking and Finance Law

Lee J. Viorel III

Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law

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

 

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 PC

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

 

David Schroeder

Law Offices of David Schroeder

1524 E. Primrose St., Suite A, Springfield, 417-890-1000

 

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 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

John C. Holstein

John C. Holstein

850 E. Sterling Ridge Court, Springfield, 417-894-3953

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

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

 

Construction Law

Michael D. Textor

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Corporate Governance Law

David C. Agee

Husch Blackwell LLP

901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Corporate Law

David C. Agee

Husch Blackwell LLP

901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Dwayne A. Fulk

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Shane Cantin

Carver, Cantin and Mynarich LLC

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

 

Thomas D. Carver

Carver, Cantin and Mynarich 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

Shane Cantin

Carver, Cantin and Mynarich LLC

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

 

Thomas D. Carver

Carver, Cantin and Mynarich 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

Shane Cantin

Carver, Cantin and Mynarich 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

Jay Dade

Polsinelli

900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900, Kansas City, 816-753-1000

Editor’s Note: When the Springfield Polsinelli office closed, Dade moved his office to Polsinelli’s Kansas City location; however, he still sees clients in the Springfield area.

 

Virginia L. Fry

Husch Blackwell LLP

901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Equipment Finance Law

David C. Agee

Husch Blackwell LLP

901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Family Law

C. Ronald Baird

Baird Lightner Millsap

1901 S. Ventura Ave., Suite C, 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 and Mynarich LLC

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

 

Susan S. Jensen

Pratt, Jensen & Grisham LLC

3432 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-8200

 

Mark J. Millsap

Baird Lightner Millsap

1901 S. Ventura Ave., Suite C, Springfield, 417-887-0133

 

John S. Pratt

Pratt, Jensen & Grisham LLC

3432 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-8200

 

F. Richard Van Pelt

Van Pelt & Van Pelt PC

1524 E. Primrose St., Suite A, Springfield, 417-886-9080

 

Roy E. Williams, Jr.

Henry & Williams PC

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

 

Family Law Mediation

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock

Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law LLC

1903 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-863-6400

 

Insurance Law

Jeff Bauer

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven B. Garner

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Michael J. Patton

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC

1355 E. Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

John Wooddell

Bruer Wooddell & Harrell PC

2838 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, 417-887-2740

 

Labor Law – Management

Jay Dade

Polsinelli

900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900, Kansas City, 816-753-1000

Editor’s Note: When the Springfield Polsinelli office closed, Dade moved his office to Polsinelli’s Kansas City location; however, he still sees clients in the Springfield area.

 

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

John C. Holstein

850 E. Sterling Ridge Court, Springfield, 417-894-3953

 

Lee J. Viorel III

Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law

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

 

Litigation – Bankruptcy

J. Kevin Checkett

Checkett & Pauly PC

517 S. Main St., Carthage, 417-358-4049

 

Litigation – Construction

Michael D. Textor

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Litigation – Health Care

Joseph Reid

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Litigation – Labor and Employment

Jay Dade

Polsinelli

900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900, Kansas City, 816-753-1000

Editor’s Note: When the Springfield Polsinelli office closed, Dade moved his office to Polsinelli’s Kansas City location; however, he still sees clients in the Springfield area.

 

Virginia L. Fry

Husch Blackwell LLP

901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

John C. Holstein

John C. Holstein

850 E. Sterling Ridge Court, Springfield, 417-894-3953

 

Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

John C. Holstein

John C. Holstein

850 E. Sterling Ridge Court, Springfield, 417-894-3953

 

Litigation – Real Estate

John C. Holstein

John C. Holstein

850 E. Sterling Ridge Court, Springfield, 417-894-3953

 

James E. Meadows

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Litigation – Securities

Joseph “Chip” Sheppard III

Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown PC

2805 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield, 417-447-4400

 

Media Law

Bryan O. Wade

Husch Blackwell LLP

901 Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield, 417-268-4000

 

Mediation

Michael J. Patton

Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton PC

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, 417-887-2020

 

Kent O. Hyde

Hyde, Love & Overby LLP

1121 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-831-4046

 

Brian D. Malkmus

Malkmus Law Firm LLC

305 Park Central West, Springfield, 417-447-5000

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

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

 

Neil Chanter

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven B. Garner

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

H. Lynn Henry

Henry & Williams PC

1207 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains, 417-256-8133

 

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Roger A. Johnson

Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci LLC

510 W. Sixth St., Joplin, 417-313-1130

 

Craig R. Oliver

Law Offices of PalmerOliver

431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Lee J. Viorel III

Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law

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

 

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Monte P. Clithero

Taylor, Stafford, Clithero, Fitzgerald & Harris LLP

3315 E. Ridgeview St., Suite 1000, Springfield, 417-887-2020

 

Grant Q. Haden

Haden, Cowherd & Bullock LLC

2135 E. Sunshine St., Suite 203, Springfield, 417-883-5535

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

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

 

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs 

Jeff Bauer

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Neil Chanter

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven B. Garner

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven Harrell

Bruer Wooddell & Harrell PC

2838 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield, 417-887-2740

 

H. Lynn Henry

Henry & Williams PC

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

 

Ed Hershewe

The Hershewe Law Firm PC

431 S. Virginia Ave., Joplin, 417-782-3790

 

Roger A. Johnson

Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci LLC

510 W. Sixth St., Joplin, 417-313-1130

 

Kurt Larson

Larson Law Firm

3331 E. Ridgeview St., Springfield, 417-890-6677

 

John R. Lightner

Baird Lightner Millsap

1901 S. Ventura Ave., Suite C, Springfield, 417-887-0133

 

Craig R. Oliver

Law Offices of PalmerOliver

431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

Robert M. N. Palmer

Law Offices of PalmerOliver

431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants 

Grant Q. Haden

Haden, Cowherd & Bullock LLC

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 PC

1355 E. Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield, 417-883-2102

 

Randy P. Scheer

Sanders Warren & Russell LLP

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

 

Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs 

Jeff Bauer

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Neil Chanter

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven B. Garner

Strong-Garner-Bauer PC

415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, 417-887-4300

 

Steven Harrell

Bruer Wooddell & Harrell PC

2838 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, 417-887-2740

 

Roger A. Johnson

Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci LLC

510 W. Sixth St., Joplin, 417-313-1130

 

Robert M. N. Palmer

Law Offices of PalmerOliver

431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120, Springfield, 417-865-3234

 

Real Estate Law

Brett Roubal

Baird Lightner Millsap

1901 S. Ventura Ave., Suite C, Springfield, 417-887-0133

 

Michael D. Textor

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Randell D. Wallace

Lathrop & Gage LLP

910 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-886-2000

 

Trusts and Estates

Fred L. Hall

Hall Ansley PC

3275 E. Ridgeview St., Springfield, 417-890-8700

 

J. Richard Owensby

The Law Firm of Neale & 

Newman LLP

1949 E. Sunshine St., Suite 1-130, Springfield, 417-882-9090

 

Thomas D. Peebles

Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & 

Brown PC

2805 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, 417-447-4400

 

Gary A. Powell

Spencer Fane LLP

2144 E. Republic Road, Suite B300, Springfield, 417-888-1000

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