Stephanie S. Bell

Stephanie S. Bell

Partner, Ellinger and Associates, LLC

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Campaign Finance • Constitution • Election Law • State Governments

Stephanie Bell is a partner at Ellinger and Associates, LLC.  Her practice focuses on election, regulatory, utility, gaming, 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 multi-million dollar political action committees.  She has successfully defended clients against Missouri Ethics Commission complaints.  

Stephanie regularly advises clients in relation to highly regulated industries.  She has represented political subdivisions and state agencies before the Missouri Public Service Commission in both water and electric rate cases, as well as certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) cases.   She also advises clients in relation to Missouri Gaming Commission matters. 

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.