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.