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Shane Cantin’s work is now specifically limited to criminal defense and related litigation, although he continues to accept a select number of complex family law and divorce/custody cases. Since 1993 he has represented clients in state courts throughout Southwest Missouri and in United States District Courts in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois. He has worked as lead counsel on over 500 serious felony cases and countless misdemeanor cases. Shane’s substantial experience includes charges of murder, including death penalty prosecutions, and he regularly represents clients in state and federal court on cases involving fraud and complex financial crimes, child pornography and related internet crimes, conspiracy, drug related offenses, robbery and firearm offenses.

In addition to his criminal defense work, early in his career Shane Cantin also developed significant trial experience in family law cases, with emphasis on complex divorce and custody law issues. He continues to accept a select number of those cases, but currently limits work on these cases to Greene and Christian County.

Shane Cantin was raised in Northwest Arkansas and graduated from College of the Ozarks, near Branson, Missouri, in 1991. In 1993 he received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has worked at the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the City Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Missouri, prior to going into private practice in 1995. He is an active member of the Missouri Bar Association, both the National and the Missouri Associations of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.


  • State and Federal Criminal Defense
  • DWI and traffic offenses
  • State Court Family/Divorce Law


  • Missouri, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1993


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • Juris Doctorate – 1993
  • College of the Ozarks
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science – 1991
    • Major: Political Science


  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1997 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1997 – Present
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Reynolds, Gold and Grosser, PC, Of Counsel, 2004 – 2007
  • Crosby and Cantin, PC, Partner, 1994 – 2004
  • City of Springfield, Assistant City Attorney, 1993 – 1994



Shane is an Excellent Attorney

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Shane is an excellent attorney. He works hard to make sure his clients receive the best representation possible.

Shane and his Entire Firm are Top Notch

5 5 1
I endorse this lawyer. Shane and his entire firm are top notch criminal defense lawyers. Call Shane with confidence if you need a criminal lawyer.

I Endorse Shane

5 5 1
I endorse Shane. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

Personal Service

5 5 1
I've been working with Shane for over two years now and I am extremely happy with his knowledge, communication, and efforts on my behalf. I feel he takes his work to heart and is personally vested in all his cases.

If your life hangs in the balance...

5 5 1
I have hired Shane Cantin to represent me twice in criminal cases. Both times, he was able to obtain favorable results because of his attention to detail. As soon as you hire him, he becomes consummately aware of all elements of your case, from witness statements, to police reports, to the judge presiding. Mr. Cantin also commands respect from police, detectives, and judges because of the integrity with which he advocates for his clients. I highly recommend that if your life, freedom, and reputation hang in the balance, you hire Shane Cantin.

Excellent and Ethical Lawyer

5 5 1
Over a period of many years I had the opportunity to observe Shane's performance in and out of the courtroom and easily came to the conclusion that he was an excellent and ethical lawyer who provided first rate service to his clients. Because of his skill and character, I invited Shane to join me in my practice in 2007. I haven't been disappointed. He continues to deliver top flight legal services and maintains a high degree of satisfaction with his clients. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to any prospective client seeking representation in his areas of concentration.

Always Very Professional

5 5 1
I have seen Shane in the courtroom and he is always very professional.
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