Wampler & Passanise Team Recognized by Best Lawyers 

September 12, 2022
Wampler & Passanise Team Recognized by Best Lawyers 

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication company in the legal profession, has recognized Wampler & Passanise attorneys Joseph Passanise and Taylon Sumners as two of the most respected members of the field. With the 2022 Best Lawyers awards, Wampler & Passanise Law Firm adds to its extensive recognitions and honors, continuing a legacy of excellence that has made it one of the most trusted criminal defense firms in Missouri.  

Joseph Passanise Awarded Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense 

Joseph Passanise has been awarded Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense for Springfield, Missouri in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021, and 2022. He practices criminal defense in federal, state, and municipal courts with associate attorney Taylon Sumners, and has participated in a large number of high-profile jury and bench trials.  

His peers have recognized him as a Best Lawyer in America from 2007 to the present in the practice area of criminal defense, white collar crimes, and DUI defense. He has also received the “Super Lawyer” award from Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine and was recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by National Trial Lawyers. 

Taylon Sumners Awarded One to Watch 

The Best Lawyers Ones to Watch award is given to attorneys who are early in their careers, recognizing those newcomers who have already shown a propensity for professional excellence in private practice. These recipients have typically been practicing for five to nine years. 

Taylon Sumners is an Associate Attorney at Wampler & Passanise and has been with the firm since 2015. Taylon graduated from Washburn University School of Law, and now practices criminal defense in federal, state, and municipal courts with Joseph Passanise. In addition to being honored as a Best Lawyers Ones to Watch, she was also awarded an AVVO Clients’ Choice Award and was placed on the Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2021. 

About Best Lawyers 

Recognition by Best Lawyers is regarded by clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. For more than four decades, Best Lawyers publications have served as the most reliable and unbiased source of legal referrals in the industry, and their lists of outstanding lawyers are compiled through peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognized by Best Lawyers. 

About Wampler & Passanise 

The Wampler & Passanise firm has been recognized as a Best Firm by Best Lawyers for more than 10 years (2010 to present). Wampler & Passanise provides unmatched defense for juveniles and adults facing serious criminal allegations at the federal, state, and municipal court levels. Our firm has an experienced team of legal professionals with decades of combined experience, and provides clients with winning defense strategies for the most serious criminal charges, including homicide, drugs and weapons offenses, embezzlement, white-collar crimes, and crimes involving domestic violence and burglary.  

If you are facing serious allegations or charges, you need a proven criminal defense firm on your side. Contact us today to see how we can assist you. 


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