Marc Ellinger will speak at the Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) takes place January 4-6 in New Orleans. Dozens of state legislators from around the country and more than two hundred attendees are expected, with the keynote presented by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose arguments before the Supreme Court resulted in overturning the federal prohibition on sports betting.
Marc will join three other speakers on a panel titled “Sports Betting Laws and Regulations – What’s Working, What’s Not.” The panelists will highlight the eight states which have already implemented sports betting and review those expected to do so in 2019 – sharing real-world examples of sports-betting structures that are working and those that need reform. The panel is part of an IMGL Masterclass.
International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) is the pre-eminent association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives and consultants from around the world who are dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information and advice. The open networking and collective experience of its members makes the IMGL an integral and effective tool for the dissemination of gaming law developments worldwide. IMGL has members from six continents, more than fifty countries and thirty states.
Stephanie Bell was recently elected to a one-year board term of the Jefferson City YMCA Board of Directors. Stephanie already serves on the Southern Boone YMCA Advisory Board. Stephanie also previously served on the Jefferson City YMCA auction procurement committee, which supports the organization’s Outreach Fund.
The Southern Boone Area YMCA first opened in 2015 with the support of the Jefferson City YMCA. The Southern Boone YMCA is currently planning a larger, permanent location (News Tribune). The goal for the new facility is to raise $2.8 million, with $1.1 million already raised to date. Recently, the organization was awarded NAP credits which will support the efforts behind the new facility (KOMU). For more information about the "Here for Good" Campaign, click here.
Marc H. Ellinger was selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers for Gaming Law. Marc Ellinger has been selected to the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list since 2016 and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2014.
Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the United States. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
The final published list of Super Lawyers represents no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state. The lists are published annually in state and regional editions of Super Lawyers Magazines and in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers. All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, regardless of year, can be found on SuperLawyers.com.
Marc Ellinger is a founding partner of Ellinger and Associates, LLC, and represents businesses, individuals, organizations and committees in disputes. Marc focuses his practice in 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. Marc was previously a member of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC. Prior to private practice, Marc served as counsel to the Missouri State Auditor.
Marc Ellinger and Tom Rynard filed a lawsuit in St. Louis County challenging Charter Amendment E (a smoking ban measure). The lawsuit alleged the measure failed to comply with the requirements of the County Charter for ballot measures, violated Section 18(c) of the Missouri Constitution (concerning county charter amendments), and violated County Code requirements regarding initiative petition warning language, ballot summaries, ballot titles, and circulator verifications. The lawsuit was filed on September 5, 2018 and went to trial on September 14, 2018. Judge Zellweger entered judgment in favor of Plaintiff Moeller, finding the initiative petition violated the County Charter and County Code provisions relating to initiative petitions. Judge Zellweger ordered that although the measure will still appear on the ballot, the votes on the measure should not be counted. Intervenors (ballot measure proponents) appealed, and Plaintiff Moeller filed a cross appeal. The Notice of Appeal was filed on September 19, 2018 and briefing was completed by September 28, 2018. Marc Ellinger argued the case on behalf of Plaintiff Moeller in the Eastern District Court of Appeals. On October 10, 2018, the Eastern District affirmed the trial court’ s judgment in favor of Plaintiff Moeller in a Rule 84.16(b) order.
Case Nos. 18SL-CC003283, ED107148, ED107149
Read more here:
Stronger St. Louis County smoking ban will be on Nov. 6 ballot – but the results won't be counted
Judge boots strong St. Louis County smoking ban from Nov. 6 ballot
Ellinger and Associates, LLC Partner Marc Ellinger was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in America 2019 in the field of Administrative/Regulatory Law.
Marc represents businesses, individuals, organizations and committees in disputes. Marc focuses his practice in 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. Marc was previously a member of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC. Prior to private practice, in his role as counsel to the Missouri State Auditor, he advised the Auditor in constitutional and tax law matters and on matters related to municipal and state debt financing.
Ellinger and Associates is pleased to announce that Thomas W. Rynard has joined the firm as a Partner.
Tom's practice focuses on state and municipal government law, professional licensing, tax controversies (sales, use and property), health care, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. His litigation practice includes representing clients before local, state and federal government agencies, the Administrative Hearing Commission, Missouri Securities Division, Missouri circuit and appellate courts, and federal district and appellate courts.
Prior to joining Ellinger and Associates, Tom worked in private practice with the law firms of Craft, Fridkin & Rhyne (1991-2003) and Blitz, Bardgett, & Deutsch, LC (2003-2018). In addition to his private practice experience, Tom served as Chief Hearing Officer for the Missouri State Tax Commission, hearing and deciding property tax appeals to the Commission, and as Assistant Counsel for the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, practicing in the areas of condemnation and contract litigation. He served 27 years in the Army Reserves as a judge advocate, where he practiced in both reserves and active duty assignments in medical policy and compliance, federal contracting, federal administrative law, federal employment law, and international law.
Tom regularly advises private clients, political subdivisions and associations on regulatory compliance issues, gaming and sweepstakes law, local government operations, and health care. His health care activities include health care facility licensing and approvals; Certificate of Need; HIPAA, Stark and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance; Medicaid and Medicare administrative reimbursement actions; managed care and provider disputes; facility privileging and credentialing; and state health care legislation drafting and review.
Tom has authored books, chapters and journal articles on municipal government, insurance, public contracting, and environmental law. He has been a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education programs on these same topics. He regularly provides pro bono representation to Veterans in their Veterans Administration claims.
At the 2018 Missouri Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference, Marc Ellinger will serve as a Panelist at Plenary Session on Friday September 28, 2018 in St. Louis. The panel will be moderated by the Honorable Michael A. Wolff, and explore the impact of gerrymandering, data science and redistricting in pursuit of "fair elections."
Marc Ellinger previously served on the Missouri Senate Apportionment Commission (2012) and recently participated in a panel on Missouri redistricting hosted by the Jefferson City Federalist Society.