JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — There is a new law firm in town and the founding partners are well acquainted with legal matters and Jefferson City.
Marc Ellinger and Stephanie Bell, who now makeup Ellinger and Associates, LLC, bring with them experiences that range from private practice to state government.
“As our practice grew and expanded, we had the opportunity to branch out into areas that appealed to our expertise and interests,” said Bell. “We both were fortunate to have worked inside a great mid-sized firm and continue to value our relationships with the attorneys in that firm; however, we decided that together we had an opportunity to build something unique.”
Their practice will handle a variety of issues ranging from local government to campaign finance to professional licensing.
Ellinger has worked as counsel to the Missouri State Auditor and was a member of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC. He focuses on election and political law, legislative and rulemaking practice, regulatory law, municipal finance and transaction structuring, issues of state and federal constitutional law, appellate practice and gaming law and has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
Bell worked at Blitz, Bardgett, & Deutsch for almost a decade, achieving a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. She has also earned a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. Bell focuses on election, regulatory, utility, tax, and other governmental disputes.
“We have varied backgrounds that allow us to see issues from multiple perspectives,” said Bell. “Our personal experiences also help us better connect with clients.”
Ellinger served eight years in elected public office, has served on a governor-appointed board, has served as the president of a statewide association, and served on the boards of various national organizations. Bell has led a local economic development association and served on the boards of a number of nonprofits. Both worked in government for elected officials. Both came from families who owned small businesses, and now own one of their own.
“These experiences help us better understand our clients’ issues and find solutions which will achieve their goals,” Bell said.
“Our clients often want to chart new paths and tackle difficult problems or issues – it is an honor to be able to represent them and help them as they work hard to move their own businesses and our state forward.”
Ellinger and Bell are looking forward to continuing to serve existing clients and branch out to help a broader range of clients across the Show-Me State.
With the recent Supreme Court decision in Murphy v. NCAA, they are excited about the potential for growth in the gaming industry in Missouri. Ellinger currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and regularly speaks at their and other conferences on gaming issues, including sports betting.
Alisha Shurr was a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University.