Missouri Bar Association
Cole County Bar Association
Legal Employment and Experience:
Ellinger and Associates, LLC, Partner 2018 to Present
Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., Associate
September 2009 to 2018
Stephanie Bell is a founding partner of Ellinger and Associates, LLC. Her practice focuses on election, regulatory, utility, tax and other governmental disputes. She represents individuals, businesses, associations, committees, and political subdivisions in a wide array of state and local government matters and has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
Stephanie previously worked at Blitz, Bardgett, & Deutsch, LC, for almost a decade. Stephanie’s litigation practice includes representing clients before government agencies, the Administrative Hearing Commission, the Public Service Commission, circuit courts, and Missouri Appellate courts. She has litigated cases concerning constitutional and statutory amendments being proposed by initiative petition, challenges to agency rules, the Missouri Sunshine Law, professional licensing, and general business disputes.
Stephanie also regularly advises candidates, committees, political subdivisions, and other entities regarding campaign finance compliance. Stephanie has served as treasurer of multimillion dollar political action committees. She has successfully defended clients against Missouri Ethics Commission complaints.
Stephanie has also advised numerous entities during Missouri Department of Revenue audits. With respect to sales and use tax in refund cases and appeals from notices of assessments, Stephanie has represented clients from small businesses to nationwide corporations . She has also represented recipients of tax credits who have received penalty notices.
While in law school, Stephanie served as Symposium Editor of the Missouri Law Review and was a member of the Board of Advocates. She is the recipient of Academic Excellence Awards in Legislation, State Constitutional Law, Trial Practice and Advocacy & Government Agencies. She received the Fred L. Howard Prize for Excellence in the Advancement of Advocacy and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. She also received the Stanley B. Botner Award for achievements in earning her Master of Public Administration in Public Policy at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs.
Truman State University
Bachelor’s of Science, Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, 2005
University of Missouri – Harry S Truman School of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Emphasis: Public Policy), 2009
University of Missouri – School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2009