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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 Megan Dollar

Dec 2020

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Methodology for Best Lawyers®

This list is excerpted from the 2021 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 148 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 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers is based on over 13 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The method used to compile Best Lawyers remains unchanged since the first edition was compiled almost 40 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 2021 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.


Appellate Practice

James E. Meadows
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7320
300 South John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Richard L. Schnake
Neale & Newman
417-882-9090
2144 East Republic Road, Suite F-302 (Farmers Park), Springfield

Arbitration

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

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

Banking and Finance Law

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

Randell D. Wallace
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7250
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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

Dan R. Nelson
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7240
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

David Schroeder
Law Offices of David Schroeder
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., Suite 20, Springfield

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Glenn P. Green
Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC
417-866-7777
901 East St. Louis Street, Suite 20, Springfield

Commercial Litigation

J. Michael Bridges
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4053
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

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

Dan R. Nelson
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7240
300 South John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Judson B. Poppen
Neale & Newman
417-882-9090
2144 East Republic Road, Suite F-302 (Farmers Park), Springfield

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP
417-281-5101
1855 S. Ingram Mill Road, Suite 207, Springfield

Steven E. Ward
McAfee & Taft
417-409-6090
4050 South Fairview Avenue, Springfield

Construction Law

J. Michael Bridges
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4053
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Ginger K. Gooch
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4128
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Michael D. Textor
Kutak Rock
417-755-7440
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Corporate Governance Law

David C. Agee
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4066
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Corporate Law

David C. Agee
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4066
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Randell D. Wallace
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7250
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Criminal Defense – General Practice

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

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

Erica Mynarich
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich, LLC
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 Pierson
417-862-1741
901 E. Saint Louis Street, Suite 1600 (Hammons Tower), Springfield

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

Criminal Defense – White-Collar

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

Thomas D. Carver
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich, LLC
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, LLC
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
417-720-4800
2121 S. Eastgate Ave., Springfield

Employment Law – Individuals

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

Equipment Finance Law

David C. Agee
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4066
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Family Law

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

Thomas M. Benson
Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC
417-866-7777
901 East St. Louis Street, Suite 20, Springfield

Shane Cantin
Carver, Cantin & Mynarich, LLC
417-831-6363
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield
Editor’s Note: Shane Cantin was voted into Family law, but only takes a few, select family cases. Cantin focuses on criminal litigation.

David A. Fielder
Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC
417-866-7777
901 East St. Louis Street, Suite 20, Springfield

Shannon D. Grisham
Pratt Grisham
417-883-8200
3432 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield

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

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

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

Roy E. Williams, Jr.
Henry & Williams
417-256-8133
1207 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains
Editor’s Note: Roy E. Williams was voted into the Family Law category. But in fact he has not practiced Family Law in some time and currently practices only Injury Law.

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

Land Use and Zoning Law

J. Michael Bridges
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4053
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Patrick J. Platter
Neale & Newman
417-882-9090
1949 E. Sunshine St., Suite 130, Springfield

Randell D. Wallace
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7250
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

Litigation – Banking and Finance

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

Litigation – Bankruptcy

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

Dan R. Nelson
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7240
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

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

Litigation – Construction

Michael D. Textor
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7440
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Litigation – Health Care

Joseph Reid
Kutak Rock LLP
417-777-7220
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Litigation – Insurance

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

Kristie S. Crawford
Brown & James
417-831-1412
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 603, Springfield

Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

Christopher F. Weiss
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4040
901 St. Louis Street, Suite 1800, Springfield

Litigation – Real Estate

Cory L. Collins
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4040
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

James E. Meadows
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7320
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

J. Taylor White
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7337
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

Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Emily J. Kembell
Kirkland Woods & Martinsen
417-893-5288
3230 East Ridgeview Street, Springfield

Media Law

Bryan O. Wade
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4040
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, 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, P.C.
417-883-2102
1355 E. Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Joshua B. Christensen
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7221
300 South John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

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 LLP
417-777-7220
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP
417-281-5101
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
417-887-4300
415 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

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

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

Craig R Oliver
The Law Offices of PalmerOliver
417-865-3234
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120, Springfield

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Lee J. Viorel III
Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC
417-866-7777
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 20, 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, P.C.
417-883-2102
1355 E. Bradford Parkway, Suite A, Springfield

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

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP
417-281-5101
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
Harrell Law Firm
417-887-2740
2838 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield

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

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

Eric Jensen
The Potts Law Firm
417-238-0889
3432 S. Culpepper Court, Suite A, Springfield

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

Kurt Larson
Larson & Miller
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
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 120, Springfield

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

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

Joseph Reid
Kutak Rock LLP
417-777-7220
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

Randy P. Scheer
Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP
417-281-5101
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

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

Steven D. Harrell
Harrell Law Firm
417-887-2740
2838 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield

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

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

Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

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

Real Estate Law

J. Michael Bridges
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4053
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Ginger K. Gooch
Husch Blackwell
417-268-4128
901 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 1800, Springfield

Michael D. Textor
Kutak Rock LLP
417-755-7440
300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield

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

Trusts and Estates

Emily J. Kembell
Kirkland Woods & Martinsen
417-893-5288
3230 East Ridgeview Street, Springfield

Douglas R. Nickell
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.
417-447-4400
2805 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield

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

Gary A. Powell
Spencer Fane
417-888-1012
2144 E. Republic Road, Suite B300, Springfield


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