In 2013, Passanise was selected as a fellow by the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. (ABCL) The ABCL selects attorneys who practice in criminal law after a rigorous and investigatory process and only 5 attorneys have been selected in Missouri. Passanise has been awarded the highest rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded Passanise with the prestigious Charles M. Shaw award for excellence in trial advocacy in 2013. The Missouri Bar selected Passanise as a President’s Award Recipient (2009) and a Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award recipient (2002). The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association honored Passanise with the 2008 President’s Award for extraordinary service. Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly chose him as a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year” (2008) and one of the top five “Up and Coming Lawyers” (2003).
His peers have recognized him as a Best Lawyer in America (2007-Present) in the practice area of white collar, non white collar and DUI defense. In addition, Joe was awarded the 2018, MO Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year.” The Wampler and Passanise firm has been recognized as having a “Best Firm” by Best Lawyers over 6 years (2010-Present). He has also been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine for ten years in a row. (2006-Present). He is also listed in Who’s Who in American Law (2005-Present) and named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers (2007-Present). In 2017, Joe was recognized as a Lifetime Achievement selection among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®.
Presently, he serves on the Parenting Life Skills Board and is involved in a number of community projects. Passanise is married to Jennifer Steffes and they have two beautiful children Bella and Samuel along with two labs, Josie and Alibi.