Bar Membership and Enrollment to Practice:
Missouri Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
United States District Court, Western District
Missouri Bar Association
Chairman, Local Government Law Committee
Cole County Bar Association
Licensed Certified Public Accountant
Legal Employment and Experience:
Ellinger and Associates, LLC, April 2018 - Present
Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.,
January 1999 to April 2018
Marc Ellinger is a founding partner of the firm of Ellinger and Associates, LLC, and represents businesses, individuals, organizations and committees in disputes. Marc focuses his practice in election law, legislative and rulemaking practice, municipal finance and structuring, issues of state and federal constitutional law, gaming law, and appellate practice and has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
Marc served as legal counsel for the Missouri State Auditor in 1993. In that role advised the State Auditor constitutional and tax law matters, as well as matters related to municipal and state debt financing and regularly appeared before the state appellate courts and the Missouri Supreme Court on the Auditorís behalf. Marc transitioned to private practice in 1999. Prior to founding Ellinger and Associates, LLC, Marc was a member of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC.
Marc has more than twenty years of experience in election law and campaign finance compliance, including the representation of candidates, as well as ballot measure campaigns and Political Action Committees across the State of Missouri. Marc has drafted initiative petitions covering a broad range of subjects and has been involved in the coordination of campaigns and litigation on ballot measures, on behalf of both proponents and opponents.
Marc is also actively involved in representing businesses and individuals in gaming law, particularly with respect to the Missouri Gaming Commission license and compliance matters. He represents casino operators, gaming equipment suppliers, game developers and key persons throughout the gaming industry on a broad range of gaming and licensing matters. He is one of only two Missouri attorneys recognized as a General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and is recognized as a Super Lawyer in the Gaming Law area.
Marcís background as a CPA allows him to view tax matters through multiple lenses. Marc has represented numerous clients in administrative and civil cases involving sales, use and property tax law. He also regularly advises clients regarding transaction structuring.
Marc has significant appellate experience in Missouri. He has argued more than twenty cases in the Missouri Supreme Court and dozens more in the Eastern and Western Districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals. From local government issues of first impression, to tax matters, to numerous election law cases, Marc has protected the interests of businesses, individuals and local governments across Missouri.
Staff Attorney, Missouri State Auditorís Office
June 1993 to January 1999
Represented the State Auditor, a statewide elected official, as lead trial and appellate counsel; managed litigation involving the State Auditorís Office; reviewed and approved municipal bond transcripts totaling over $3 billion; directed all legislative activities for the State Auditor; advised management regarding personnel issues, including separations, Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act; and complete research requests. Lead counsel conducting trial and appellate litigation involving rights of state officials and taxpayer refunds before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, and successfully obtained over $18 million in refunds for taxpayers. Lead counsel in successful litigation regarding separation of powers and confidentiality of records, including arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court. Consulted on Neighborhood Improvement District financing and legislation; reviewed lease-purchase and tax increment financing, including review of proposed lease, indenture and trust agreements. Coordinated and managed litigation regarding general obligation school bond issues.
Presiding Commissioner -- Cole County, Missouri. 2007-2014
University of Missouri - School of Accountancy
Bachelorís of Science, Accounting
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Best Lawyers in America
2017, 2016 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers
2017 Missouri Times, 50 Political Proís You Need to Know
2010 Trailblazer Award, Lincoln University
2008 Chairman's Award, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce
2005-2006 Rotary Foundation District Service Award
2000 Presidential Elector
2000 Up & Coming Attorney, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Professional Associations and Memberships
International Masters of Gaming Law, Second Vice President (2017-Present), Treasurer (2016-2017)
Associated Industries of Missouri, Chairman (2008-2010), Director (2003-Present)
Board of the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund, Chairman (2011-2014), Director (2009-2011)
Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (1996-Present)
Elwood L. Thomas American Inn of Court, Master (2016-Present)
Rotary Club of Jefferson City, President (2006-2007)
Capital Region Medical Center, Treasurer (2016-2017), Vice President (2017-Present)
Jefferson City Federalist Society, Vice President (2017-Present)
Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, Director (2007-2014)
Missouri River Regional Library, Director (2003-2006)
Cole County Presiding Commissioner (2007-2014)