Joseph S. Passanise

February 8, 2023
Joseph S. Passanise


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


  • 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, Sustaining Member (2021-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
  • Named Best Lawyers Attorney of the Year for Criminal Defense: General Practice in Best Lawyers 2021 Ed. and 2022 Ed.
  • Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
  • Fellow in the prestigious American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers (ABCDL)
  • AVVO 10.0 Rating for Criminal Defense and Client’s Choice Award
  • Appointed by Missouri Governor Mike Parson to the Missouri Tourism Commission (2021)
  • Appointed by Missouri Governor Mike Parson to the Missouri Senate Redistricting Commission (2021)


  • Missouri Bar and MACDL Conference Speaker
  • Teaches Legal Communication as per-course faculty at Missouri State University
  • Teaches at area colleges and universities on the topics of criminal justice, DUI, and Title IX


  • Board of Directors – Parenting Life Skills
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Perfect Game Sponsor: Bowl for Kid’s Sake
  • Defending Partner: Taste of the Ozarks


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


  • 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)
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association


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