Passanise, Joseph S.


  • Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
    • Juris Doctor - 1997
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Missouri State University
    • 1991
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science and Communication
  • Missouri State University
    • M.A., Master of Arts - 1993
    • Major: Communication
  • University of London, Imperial College
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration - 1995
    • Honors: Rotary Scholar
    • Major: Business Administration

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri


  • Member of the National College of DUI Defense (2004-Present)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law (2005-Present)
  • Named Super Lawyer by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine, which recognizes the top 5 percent of attorneys through peer review (2006-Present)
  • Peer-recognized as a Best Lawyer in America (2007-Present) in the practice areas of white collar, and general criminal and DUI defense
  • Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers (2007-Present)
  • Member of the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (2011-Present)
  • Awarded the Charles M. Shaw Award for excellence in trial advocacy in 2013
  • Appointed by Governor Mike Parson to the Missouri Tourism Commission in 2020
  • Named Best Lawyers 2021 Springfield Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year
  • Awarded the highest rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, peer-review recognition for attorneys demonstrating the highest practice and ethical standards
  • Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
  • Fellow in the prestigious American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers (ABCDL)

Classes & Seminars

  • Missouri Bar and MACDL Conference Speaker
  • Teaches Legal Communication as per-course faculty at Missouri State University

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors – Parenting Life Skills
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Presenting Sponsor: Bowl for Kids’ Sake
  • Sponsor Ozarks Beerfest

Published Works

  • Author “Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings” by Aspatore in 2013 and 2014

Professional Associations

  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), Past President
  • National College of DUI Defense (2004-Present), Member
  • National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (2011-Present)