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Judson B. Poppen


Judson B. Poppen received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Iowa School of Law in 2001. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998 as a Presidential Scholar with a degree in Business Administration. Before joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Poppen practiced law in the litigation section of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P. in Kansas City, Missouri. He became a partner with Neale & Newman in January of 2008.

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  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, J.D., with honors, 2001
    Stephenson Trial Advocacy Finalist, 2001
  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, B.A., Business Administration, magna cum laude, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2002
  • Kansas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 2004 – present
  • The Missouri Bar Association, 2002 – present

Honors and Awards

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Rising Star Award, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2009, 2014 and 2015
  • Springfield Business Journal’s 40 under 40, 2008
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers, 2021 and 2022

Professional Presentations

  • Greater Springfield Apartment & Housing Association, Presenter
  • MOBar CLE, Moderator
  • Ozark High School Mock Trial Tournament, Guest Judge
  • Southwest Missouri Paralegal Conference, Presenter
  • Springfield Real Estate and Mortgage Professionals, Presenter

Civic Involvement

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Executive Committee, Board of Directors
  • Wesley Mission Blitz, Volunteer
  • United Way of the Ozarks
  • Greater Springfield Business Network, 2009 – present
  • The Network, 2007 – present
  • Leadership Springfield Class XXIV

Published Works

  • MoBar Environmental Law Supplement, Contributing Author, 2006
  • The Missouri Bar Courts Bulletin, Contributing Author, 2005
  • Missouri Environmental Insider, Co-Author of In the Courts, 2001-2003
  • Ex Parte Contacts with Former Employees, Contributing Author and Assistant Editor, ABA Publication, October 2002

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