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Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in Springfield MO

The law can be a complicated and stressful topic, so you want the most qualified attorney at your side. With this list of top local lawyers, find the expert who can help you navigate the court system in Springfield and southwest Missouri.

Edited by Rose Marthis

Dec 2018

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Methodology for Best Lawyers®

This list is excerpted from the 2019 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 145 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 2019 edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 7.8 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 2019 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.


Arbitration

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

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

Mediation

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

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

Appellate Practice

James E. “Jim” Meadows
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Richard L. Schnake
The Law Firm of Neale & Newman
417-882-9090
1949 E. Sunshine St., Suite 130, Springfield

Banking and Finance Law

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

Randell D. Wallace
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Litigation - Banking and Finance

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

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

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

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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

Dan R. Nelson
Kutak Rock 
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

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

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

Litigation – Bankruptcy

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

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

Commercial Litigation

Frank M. Evans
Baird Lightner Millsap
417-887-0133
1901 S. Ventura Ave., Suite C, Springfield 

Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4000
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield
Editor's note: Virginia L. Fry was voted a winner in this category by her peers, but she has since passed away.

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer
417-281-5100
1855 S. Ingram Mill Road, Suite 207, Springfield

Construction Law

J. Michael Bridges
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4000
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Ginger K. Gooch
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4000
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Michael D. Textor
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Litigation – Construction

Michael D. Textor
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Corporate Governance Law

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

Corporate Law

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

Randell D. Wallace
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Criminal Defense – General Practice

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
417-831-6363
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

Thomas D. Carver
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
417-831-6363
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

Erica Mynarich
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
417-831-6363
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

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

Bert Twibell
Twibell Johnson
417-862-1741
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

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

Criminal Defense – White-Collar

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
417-831-6363
901 East Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

Thomas D. Carver
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
417-831-6363
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

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

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

DUI/DWI Defense

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
417-831-6363
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

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

Adam Woody
The Law Office of Adam Woody
417-221-9650
2121 S. Eastgate Ave., Springfield

Equipment Finance Law

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

Family Law

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

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

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich
417-831-6363
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield

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

John S. Pratt
Pratt and Grisham
417-883-8200
3432 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield

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

Roy E. Williams, Jr.
Henry & Williams, PC
417-256-8133
1207 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains
Editor’s note: Williams rarely practices family law.

Family Law Mediation

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

Litigation – Health Care

Joseph Reid
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Insurance Law

Jeff Bauer
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Steven B. Garner
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Brian Malkmus
Malkmus Law Firm
417-447-5000
305 Park Central West, Springfield

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

John Wooddell
Bruer Wooddell & Harrell
417-887-2740
2838 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield

Employment Law – Individuals

Tina G. Fowler
Baird Lightner Millsap
417-887-0133
1901 S. Ventura Ave., Suite C, Springfield

Employment Law – Management

Jay Dade
Polsinelli
417-869-3353
900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900, Kansas City 
Editor’s note: Dade still takes 417-land cases.

Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4000
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield
Editor's note: Virginia L. Fry was voted a winner in this category by her peers, but she has since passed away.

Labor Law – Management

Jay Dade
Polsinelli
417-869-3353
900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900, Kansas City 
Editor’s note: Dade still takes 417-land cases.

Litigation – Labor and Employment

Jay Dade
Polsinelli
417-869-3353
900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900, Kansas City 
Editor’s note: Dade still takes 417-land cases.

Virginia L. Fry
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4000
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield
Editor's note: Virginia L. Fry was voted a winner in this category by her peers, but she has since passed away.

Land Use and Zoning Law

Randell D. Wallace
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

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

Media Law

Bryan O. Wade
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4000
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

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

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

Brian Malkmus
Malkmus Law Firm
417-447-5000
305 Park Central West, Springfield

Joseph Reid
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer
417-281-5100
1855 S. Ingram Mill Road, Suite 207, Springfield

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Neil Chanter
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield 

Steven B. Garner
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
417-313-1130
510 W. Sixth St., Joplin

Craig R. Oliver
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver
417-865-3234
Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, Springfield

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

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

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

Cara R. Rose
Franke, Schultz & Mullen, PC
417-863-0040
1919 E. Battlefield Road, Suite B, Springfield

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer
417-281-5100
1855 S. Ingram Mill Road, Suite 207, Springfield

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Jeff Bauer
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Neil Chanter
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Steven B. Garner
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Chandler Gregg
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Steven D. Harrell
Bruer Wooddell & Harrell
417-887-2740
2838 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield

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

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

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
417-313-1130
510 W. Sixth St., Joplin

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

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

Craig R. Oliver
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver
417-865-3234
Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, Springfield

Robert M. N. Palmer
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver
417-865-3234
Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, Springfield

Fred Spigarelli
The Spigarelli Law Firm
620-231-1290
515 N. Broadway St., Pittsburg, Kansas
Editor’s note: Spigarelli does take southwest Missouri cases.

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

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

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

Brian Malkmus
Malkmus Law Firm
417-447-5000
305 Park Central West, Springfield

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

Joseph Reid
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer
417-281-5100
1855 S. Ingram Mill Road, Suite 207, Springfield

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Jeff Bauer
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Neil Chanter
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Steven B. Garner
Strong-Garner-Bauer
417-855-2022
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

Steven D. Harrell
Bruer Wooddell & Harrell
417-887-2740
2838 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield

Roger A. Johnson
Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
417-313-1130
510 W. Sixth St., Joplin

Robert M. N. Palmer
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver
417-865-3234
Wilhoit Plaza Building, Suite 120, Springfield

Litigation – Real Estate

James E. “Jim” Meadows
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Real Estate Law

Ginger K. Gooch
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4000
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

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

Michael D. Textor
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Randell D. Wallace
Kutak Rock
417-720-1410
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Litigation – Securities

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

Trusts and Estates

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

Gary A. Powell
Spencer Fane
417-888-1000
2144 East Republic Road, Suite B300, Springfield


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