Professional Experience

Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, 1999-Current
Attorney at Law
Represent individual, corporate and governmental clients in all phases of litigation across Missouri. Draft legislation, review pending bills and conduct litigation on validity of statutes. Advise on internal practices and procedures relating to taxation, municipal law, constitutional law, regulatory law, campaign finance law, election law and contracts. Serve as outside general counsel to large associations and corporations. Represent local governments in general representation and litigation including counties, cities, fire protection districts, and water districts. Advise and counsel economic development organizations.
• Obtained over $6 million in refunds for taxpayers.

Missouri State Auditor’s Office, 1993-1999
Staff Attorney
Represent the State Auditor as lead trial and appellate counsel. Direct legislative activities for the State Auditor, including draft proposed legislation, review bills and monitor sessions of the General Assembly. Oversight of implementation of State Auditor’s fiscal note review process. Manage litigation involving the State Auditor’s Office. Review and approve municipal bond transcripts. Complete research requests related to audits of all state agencies and local governments. Advise management regarding personnel issues including separations.
• Successfully obtained over $18 million in refunds for taxpayers.

John W. Ellinger, Attorney at Law, 1992-1993
Criminal and civil litigation in circuit courts throughout Missouri and briefing in the United States Supreme Court, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court, Federal Bankruptcy Court, and Missouri Court of Appeals.

Education and Professional Licensure

Law Degree (JD) -- 1992

• University of Missouri - Columbia, School of Law

Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy -- 1989

• University of Missouri -Columbia, School of Accountancy

Licensed Missouri Attorney, 1992-Current

• Missouri Bar Association, 1992-Current

• Local Government Law Committee, 1995-Current

• Chairman, 2000-2003

• Vice-Chairman, 1995-2000, 2004-Current

• Legislative Sub-Committee, 1996-Current

• Administrative Law Committee, 2000-Current

• National Association of Bond Lawyers, 1993-Current

• Professional Responsibility Committee, 1998-1999

Licensed Certified Public Accountant, 1996-Current

• Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1996-Current

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