Joseph S. Passanise


  • Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
    • Juris Doctor - 1997
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Missouri State University
    • 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


  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Charles M. Shaw award for excellence in trial advocacy, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer, 2013
  • Passanise as a President’s Award Recipient, 2009
  • Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award recipient, 2002
  • 2008 President’s Award for extraordinary service, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • “Lawyer of the Year”, 2008
  • Top five “Up and Coming Lawyers”, 2005
  • Best Lawyer in America, 2007-Present
  • “Best Firm” by Best Lawyers over 6 years, 2010-Present
  • “Super Lawyer” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006-Present
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 2005 -Present
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers, 2007-Present
  • Awarded the 2018, MO Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Recognized as a Lifetime Achievement selection among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2017

Classes & Seminars

  • Missouri Bar and MACDL conferences, Speaker

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Parenting Life Skills Board

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)