Expert Attorneys in Southwest Missouri

The jury is in on finding the attorney that is right for you. Browse Biz 417's Attorney Profiles to learn more about some of southwest Missouri’s favorite attorneys and their practices. These legal experts are ready to raise the bar for your case.

May 01 2022 at 9 a.m.

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The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results and every case is different and must be judged on its own merits, and depends on the quality of your attorney.

Evans and Dixon team
Front Row: Jacob G. Eddy, Senior Associate; Karen L. Johnson, Member; Brad Tuck, Member; Brittany Perry, Senior Associate Back row: Joshua R. Baker, Senior Associate; Kevin H. Dunaway, Of Counsel; Lynn Rodgers, Of Counsel; Shari L. Lockhart, Member; Dakota Paris, Associate

Evans & Dixon, LLC

4905 S. National Ave., Building B | 417-882-4700

Evans & Dixon, LLC, is a full-service, regional law firm trusted by small and large business owners throughout Southwest Missouri.

They represent clients in a multitude of areas, including: banking-related litigation and loan review; business organization; employment matters; estate and succession planning; general civil litigation; insurance-related litigation and claims; mediations; shareholder agreements; transactions and outside general counsel for corporations.

By operating with the client’s best interest in mind, Evans & Dixon, LLC, is committed to helping business owners and insurers throughout 417-land achieve business success. Whether you’re an entrepreneur delving into a new small business venture, an established owner looking to merge or sell, or a CEO seeking counsel to protect your company, their business attorneys have the experience to tailor advice to your specific needs.

Your needs come first in Evans & Dixon’s approach to Workers’ Compensation law. Their attorneys are well-practiced at different claim-handling philosophies and, with a long-standing reputation of timely communication, are often involved in legislation.

Of course, in litigation law, there is nothing more important than experience. Evans & Dixon’s Civil and Commercial Litigation attorneys approach complex tort cases, involving a multitude of industries, with necessary aggression and a focus on timely results.

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Neale and Newman team
Front Row: Katherine Thompson, Nate Dunville, Daniel K. Wooten, Michael J. DeArmon Second Row: Patrick R. Baird, Nathan Rogers, Melissa Bade, Judson Poppen, Kirsten Poppen Third Row: Melanie McMullen, Lillian Sweeney, Bryan Fisher, Brian Asberry, Richard L. Schnake Back Row: Patrick J. Platter, Anne Sallee Mason, Paul G. White, W. Brad Risby

Neale & Newman, L.L.P.

2144 E. Republic Road, Suite F-302 | 417-882-9090

The law firm of Neale & Newman, L.L.P. provides legal services, advice, and representation in a breadth of practice areas rarely seen among Southwest Missouri firms for clients throughout Missouri and across the United States.

The firm has a solid reputation for both its service to clients and its standing in the legal community. Most of its lawyers grew up in Southwest Missouri and have shown time and again that they fare well in dealing with lawyers from other areas.

The firm is ranked Tier 1 in Springfield in Appellate Practice and in Land Use & Zoning Law by U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms." Several Neale & Newman lawyers have received high recognition by peer-review rating organizations: Three are named to The Best Lawyers in America®; another is named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch; three are named to Super Lawyers and five to Super Lawyers Rising Stars; and three have AV Preeminent ratings from

Neale & Newman recognizes that the practice of law is not a business, but a profession that serves the public. Its lawyers are active in public and charitable service, locally and statewide.

If you need legal help, consider the firm to which people and businesses have turned since 1903.

Wampler and Passanise team
Joseph S. Passanise, Taylon Sumners, Dee Wampler

Wampler & Passanise Law Office

2974 E. Battlefield | 417-882-9300

Wampler & Passanise Law Office has been one of the Midwest’s leading criminal defense firms for the past 70 years. A key point-of-difference is its cross-functional team approach and experience litigating in the courtroom.

Joseph S. Passanise and Associate Attorney Taylon Sumners represent adults and juveniles in Missouri facing serious criminal allegations, specializing in white-collar crime, fraud, homicide, sex-related offenses, domestic violence and probation violations. In addition to criminal defense, the attorneys, paralegals and investigators focus on ways to create positive lifelong impact for clients—often working with medical, mental health, and probation and parole professionals to ensure positive outcomes.

Passanise is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), a member of the National College of DUI Defense, the National Trial Lawyers Criminal Defense Top 100 and was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, 2022 Ed. as Springfield Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White Collar. He was appointed by the Governor to the Missouri Board of Tourism in 2020.

In 2021, Sumners was named an Up-and-Coming Trusted Advisor by the Springfield Business Journal and appointed to the Springfield-Greene County Historic Sites Board. Passanise and Sumners also received AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award. The Firm overall has been recognized by Super Lawyers® for Criminal Defense in Missouri and Kansas. It was also recognized in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms in 2021.

The firm will be forever grateful for the leadership and tenacity of Dee Wampler, who died in 2021 at the age of 81.

Shane Cantin and Erica Mynarich
Shane Cantin and Erica Mynarich

Cantin Mynarich, LLC

2560 S. Glenstone Ave. Suite C, Springfield | 417-831-6363

Cantin Mynarich, LLC, aggressively defends individuals accused of serious drug, firearm, white-collar and sex offenses in state and federal courts. They know this is a scary time, so Shane Cantin and Erica Mynarich prioritize frequent communication with their clients. Cantin Mynarich fully investigates the facts of your case and all possible defenses and advocates for the best possible result.

Because Shane and Erica only handle criminal matters, they have developed strong relationships with the prosecutors and courts. Due to their reputation and results at trial and on appeal, other lawyers often refer their most complex criminal cases to Cantin Mynarich.

Left to Right: Laura C. Robinson,  David C. Agee, Ginger K. Gooch, Cory L. Collins,  J. Michael Bridges, Bryan O. Wade, Larissa M. Whittingham
Left to Right: Laura C. Robinson, David C. Agee, Ginger K. Gooch, Cory L. Collins, J. Michael Bridges, Bryan O. Wade, Larissa M. Whittingham

Husch Blackwell

901 St. Louis St., Suite 1800 | 417-268-4000

Husch Blackwell leads clients from where they are to where they want to be. The Best Lawyers in America© recognizes David Agee (corporate governance law, corporate law and equipment finance law); J. Michael Bridges (commercial litigation, construction law, land use and zoning law and real estate law); Cory Collins (real estate litigation); Ginger Gooch (commercial litigation, construction law and real estate law); and Bryan Wade (media law). Honored as “Ones to Watch”: Laura Robinson (commercial litigation) and Larissa Whittingham (labor and employment law-management and litigation-labor and employment). 

Scott Pierson, Kristie Pierce, Bert Twibell, Branden Twibell
Scott Pierson, Kristie Pierce, Bert Twibell, Branden Twibell

Twibell Pierson

901 St. Louis St., Suite 1600, Springfield | 417-862-1741

The Twibell Pierson Law Firm began in 1975 when attorney Bert Twibell left the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office for a career in private practice, helping people solve their problems. Today, the attorneys of Twibell Pierson have over 75 years of combined experience, and strive to provide unmatched criminal defense and client service.

What separates Twibell Pierson from other firms is the team approach they take to every client and case. When you hire them, you are hiring their entire firm, not just one attorney.

Twibell Pierson is the proud recipient of recognition that includes Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News and World Report, among others.