John F. Appelquist

Attorney in Springfield, MO
Order of the Coif; Q.E.B.H; Senior Honorary Society; Omicron Delta Kappa. President of the Student Body 1983-1984. Member, Missouri Law Review. Educated public schools in Springfield, Missouri, President of the Student Body, Glendale High School, 1980-1981.

Career Summary: 1995-present, sole practitioner with offices located in Springfield, Missouri, and branch office located in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. General criminal and civil trial practice in federal and state courts.

Fall 2010, Instructor, Law 231 - Legal Environment of Business, Department of Finance and General Business, College of Business Administration, Missouri State University.

1991-1994, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, detailed to district branch office in Springfield, Missouri. General criminal prosecution responsibilities, in addition to civil asset forfeiture.

1988-1991, Associate, Woolsey, Fisher, Whiteaker & McDonald, Springfield, Missouri. General practice, primarily in civil litigation.

Summer 1987, Law Clerk, Woolsey, Fisher, Whiteaker & McDonald, Springfield, Missouri. Summer 1986, Law Clerk, Farrington & Curtis, Springfield, Missouri.

Admitted to practice in the State of Missouri, 1988; United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1988; United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1989. Member, The Missouri Bar (Young Lawyers Section Council, 1988-1992), Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association; Federal Practice Committee, Western District of Missouri (Attorney Representative for Southern and Southwestern Divisions, 2005-2008).

Education: Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1988; Order of the Coif, Member, Missouri Law Review. Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1985; Q.E.B.H. Senior Honorary Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, President of the Student Body 1983-84. Educated public schools in Springfield, Missouri, President of the Student Body, Glendale High School, 1980-81.

Lectures/Seminars: Lecturer, "Ethics," Annual Real Estate Institute, Missouri Bar CLE (June 7, 2013); Moderator, Drafting Estate Planning Documents, Missouri Bar CLE (May 2011, 2012); Commentator, Evidentiary Crises: Using the Rules to Win at Trial, Missouri Bar CLE (May 2011); Lecturer, The Process: Arraignment to Sentencing, SMBA Federal Practice Seminar, November 2007; Lecturer, Ethics, CJA Panel Luncheon, October 2007; Lecturer, Federal and Missouri Law Update, SMBA Criminal Law Committee, July 2006; Federal Grand Jury Practice and Panelist, Federal Sentencing Issues, The Missouri Bar Annual Criminal Practice Institute, November 2000; Lecturer, Search and Seizure, Southwest Missouri Law Enforcement Institute, Missouri Southern University, 1993.

Publications: Co-author, "Chapter 2: Presumptions," Missouri Sources of Proof (Mo. Bar CLE, 3d Ed., 1989); Author, Chapter Supplement, 1991. Author, "Liability Insurance for Superfund Claims: A Modest Proposal," 53 Missouri Law Review 289 (Spring 1988); "Will Missouri's Open-Courts Guarantee Open the Door to Adoption of the Discovery Rule in Medical Malpractice Cases?" 52 Missouri Law Review 977 (Fall 1987).

Awards/Honors: U.S. Attorney's "On-the-Spot" Award for Excellence in Trial, August 1993; commendations for performances in particular cases published in United States Attorney's Bulletin, July 15, 1993, and December 15, 1992.

Civic Activities: Springfield Family 'Y'. Mock Trial Judge, Sociology 380 - Sociology of Law, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Missouri State University (Fall Semester, 2001-2011). Featured Performer, Springfield Little Theatre - "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Spring 2013; "Landers Theatre Diamond Centennial," Fall 2009; "The Buddy Holly Story," Spring 2009. Past Member, Board of Trustees, Law School Foundation, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1994-2000; Board of Directors, The Victim Center, Inc., 1995-2001; Board of Directors, Ozark Counseling Center, 1994-1999; Lakes Country Rehabilitation Center, 1990-1995 (Chairman, 1993-94). Republican nominee, Prosecuting Attorney of Greene County, Missouri, 1994. Volunteer for local charities including Women in Need of the Ozarks, Alzheimer's Association, Developmental Center of the Ozarks, Easter Seals, March of Dimes, and American Heart Association.
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Areas of Law

  • Federal and State Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Contested Wills
  • Misdemeanors
  • Traffic Violations
  • Drug Crimes
  • Civil Litigation
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Probate Litigation
  • Estate Litigation


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Admitted in 1988, Missouri and U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

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  • Law School Attended

    University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
    Class of 1988
    J.D. cum laude
    Order of the Coif, Law Review

    University Attended

    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Class of 1985

    Birth Information

    Born in 1963
    Springfield, Missouri, April 6, 1963

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    The Missouri Bar (Young Lawyers Section Council, 1988-1992); Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association; Federal Practice Committee, Western District of Missouri (Attorney Representative for S... More

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    John F. Appelquist
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    Springfield, MO 65802-3104


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