Awards and Honors

Awards & Honors

Our local team of criminal defense lawyers have been honored and recognized by many top-notch law review websites, publications, and companies, as well as numerous local and regional awards in the Southwest Missouri and Springfield area.

Listed below are some of the accolades our defense lawyers have received.

Years our lawyers have been featured in Best Lawyers: 2007-present

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Years our lawyers have been featured in Super Lawyers: 2006-present

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
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Joseph Passanise: 2007-present

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Our Lawyer’s Avvo scores:

Joe Passanise: 10/10 – Superb
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His peers recognized Joe Passanise as a “Who’s Who American Lawyer” in 2009.

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Joseph Passanise was recognized in 2008 with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association’s President Award for extraordinary service to the bar.
In 2002, the Missouri Bar selected Joseph Passanise as a Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award recipient. He was also chosen in 2009 to receive the President’s Award in recognition of his efforts with the Non-Partisan Court Plan effort in Greene County.

National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Taylon Sumners has been recognized by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as a 2021 Top Criminal Attorney in the US. Taylon achieved a Top 10 ranking in the state of Missouri.