2974 East Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65804
Handled differently than state charges, it is vital that you count on attorneys experienced in handling these complex criminal cases..
Sexual assault crimes are very serious cases. Both Joe and Dee have countless hours handling these sensitive cases.
When faced with drug related charges it is important to know your rights and have a lawyer that is an EXPERT in this field at your defense.
Dee and Joe both have many years of combined experience in dealing with alcohol related offenses, specifically DUI charges.
Named among Missouri's "super lawyers" by Super Lawyers magazine, both Joe and Dee share their winning tips in their lecture series.
Joseph S. Passanise graduated with honors from Missouri State University with his undergraduate in Political Science and Communication (1991), and Master’s of Arts degree in Communication (1993).
He continued his education as a Rotary Scholar obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of London, Imperial College (1995) and obtained his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from Washburn University School of Law (1997). Passanise is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and both the Western and Eastern District Federal Courts.
He practices criminal defense in federal, state, and municipal courts with partner Dee Wampler and associate Adam Woody located in Springfield, Missouri and has participated in a large number of high profile jury and bench trials. Passanise is a Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) and is a frequent speaker at Missouri Bar and MACDL conferences. He has been chosen as a member by the National College of DUI Defense (2004 – Present) and has taught as per course faculty at Missouri State University in the Communication Department for many years.
The Missouri Bar selected Passanise as a Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award recipient (2002) and was given a President’s Award (2009) in recognition of his efforts with the Non-Partisan Court Plan effort in Greene County. Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly chose him as one of the top five “up and coming lawyers” for the state of Missouri (2003) and a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year” (2008). His peers have recognized him as a Best Lawyer in America (2007 – Present), a Missouri Super Lawyer (2006 – Present by Law & Politics Magazine top 5% attorney according to peer review), American Trial Lawyers Association (2007 – Present), and Who’s Who in American Law (2009). The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association President’s recently honored Passanise with the 2008 President Award in recognition for extraordinary service to the bar.
Presently, he serves on the Parenting Life Skills Board and is involved in a number of community projects. Passanise is married to Jennifer Steffes and they have two beautiful children Bella and Samuel along with two labs, Josie and Alibi.
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Our firm was named to U.S. News "Best Lawyers" "Best Law Firms" 2013 in the criminal defense areas of Non-White Collar defense, White Collar defense, White Collar Governmental Investigations and Litigation, and DWI defense.
Joseph S. Passanise was selected to the 2012 Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, White-Collar, and DUI/DWI Defense.
The Law Office of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise was chosen as one of U.S. News - Best Law Firms for 2011 - 2012.