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Five BB&D Attorneys Selected as 2018 Best Lawyers in America

BB&D attorneys Bob Blitz, Jim Deutsch, Marc Ellinger, Kelley Farrell and David Luce have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Bob Blitz was selected for Commercial Litigation, Jim Deutsch for Gaming Law, Marc Ellinger for Administrative / Regulatory Law, and Kelley Farrell and David Luce for Employment Law – Management.

Bridget Nave to Speak at NBI’s Course on Estate Planning

Member Bridget Nave will speak at an upcoming National Business Institute (NBI) seminar entitled “A 2-Day Practical Course – Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete Guide” in St. Louis on August 10 and August 11, 2017. Bridget will offer insights on Common Trust Structures and When They’re Used and Transfers During Life and Inter-Vivos Trusts (including Beneficiary Designations, Titling Assets, Gifting Approaches, Tax Effects of Asset Transfers During Life, Top Creditor Protection Approaches, Planning for Real Estate and Types and Functions of Common Living Trusts).

BB&D Opens New Office in Columbia, Missouri

Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Columbia, Missouri.  The Columbia Office is located at 414 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65201.  The Columbia office, along with current offices in St. Louis and Jefferson City, will enable the firm to better serve clients throughout Missouri and […]

Ellinger Earns Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating

BB&D announces that Marc Ellinger has received the prestigious AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are designed to assess the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney. The AV Preeminent® rating represents a determination by Ellinger’s peers that he ranks at the highest level of professional excellence. Ellinger joins […]

BB&D Representing St. Louis County Port Authority

BB&D will represent the St. Louis County Port Authority in a lawsuit filed by Joshua Media Ministries International (JMMI) against St. Louis County, the St. Louis County Port Authority, and others. JMMI is challenging St. Louis County Port Authority’s acquisition of certain property that was part of the former Jamestown Mall. By: Robert D. Blitz, […]

Marc Ellinger Speaks at the IMGL Spring Conference in Miami

On May 11, 2017, BB&D member Marc Ellinger spoke at the International Masters of Gaming Law  (IMGL) Spring Conference in Miami, Florida.  Ellinger spoke as part of a panel titled “The Effects of the 2016 Elections and Emerging Trends facing Gaming in the United States.”  The panel address focused on the implications for the U.S. gaming […]

BB&D Assists Fairfield Processing Corporation in Leasing and Redeveloping New St. Louis Facility

In early 2017, BB&D attorneys represented international product filling supplier Fairfield Processing Corporation (Fairfield, Connecticut) in all aspects of leasing and redeveloping a 300,000-square-foot filling and packaging facility in north St. Louis City. In addition to the leasing and construction of the facility, the effort included negotiating incentives from the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board of […]

Bell Earns Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating

BB&D announces that Stephanie Bell has received the prestigious AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are designed to assess the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney. The AV Preeminent® rating represents a determination by Bell’s peers that she ranks at the highest level of professional excellence. Bell joins […]

Marc Ellinger Speaks at RNLA 17th Annual National Policy Conference

On May 5, 2017, BB&D member Marc Ellinger spoke at the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) 17th Annual Policy Conference in Washington DC. Ellinger moderated the panel including author Stuart Taylor regarding “The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities.” The RNLA National Policy Conference is where the legal world and the GOP political world […]

BB&D Obtains Summary Judgment in $85 Million Lawsuit Brought by Former KV Pharmaceutical CEO Marc Hermelin

BB&D attorneys Traci Pupillo and Chantal Fink represented a former KV Pharmaceutical (KV) officer, who was sued along with several KV Directors, by Marc Hermelin on claims involving Hermelin’s separation of employment from KV, removal from KV’s Board of Directors, and criminal prosecution. Hermelin sought over $85 Million in damages on his claims against Defendants. […]

BB&D, On Behalf Of Regional St. Louis Entities, Files Lawsuit Against NFL, NFL Teams, And Team Owners Arising Out Of Relocation Of Rams Franchise

The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA) filed suit in Circuit Court of St. Louis City demonstrating that the NFL, its teams, and owners violated their own Relocation Guidelines. The suit cites extensively to these Relocation Guidelines, which bind the NFL, NFL team […]

The Missouri Court of Appeals Decides in Favor of BB&D Client in Red-Light Camera Case

BB&D member Marc Ellinger and attorneys Thomas Rynard and Stephanie Bell represented the proponents of a local ballot measure prohibiting red-light cameras, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in St. Charles County in 2014.  Several individuals and cities, including the City of St. Peters, brought suit to invalidate the voter-approved ban on red light cameras.  The trial […]

BB&D Participates in Motion for Kids Toy Drive

Ellen Dunne and Chantal Fink headed up BB&D’s annual holiday toy drive for Motion for Kids.  Motion for Kids is a partnership project between the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis Bar Foundation, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis University, and the Isaac Bruce Foundation, serving over 2,000 underprivileged St. Louis […]

BB&D Obtains Arbitration Award in Construction Dispute

BB&D attorneys Thom Avery and Aaron Sanders represented a construction company involved in the design and construction of multiple branch offices for an out-of-state financial institution.  After expending substantial resources in the design of one of the branch locations and readying the project for construction, the project was abruptly terminated by the financial institution.  The […]

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds in Favor of BB&D Client in Landmark Case Involving International Child Custody under the Hague Convention

BB&D member Kelley Farrell and associate Aaron Sanders represented the mother of two minor children involved in a custody dispute with their Peruvian father.  After traveling to the United States with the consent of the Peruvian government to seek medical attention for her son battling a rare and aggressive eye disease, BB&D’s client married a […]

Contractor Disqualification and Suspension Actions Resolved Favorably

BB&D attorney Tom Rynard represented a construction company which was:  disqualified from bidding and participating on Missouri Department of Transportation projects; non-renewed in the MoDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program; and suspended by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration from participating in FHWA projects and all projects involving federal funds.  A minority owner/worksite manager […]

BB&D Represents Seneca Medical in $38 Million Nationwide Sale and Leaseback of 5 Commercial Properties

BB&D attorneys represented Seneca Medical LLC, a subsidiary of national healthcare distributor Concordance Healthcare Solutions LLC, in connection with the November 1, 2016 sale and leaseback of four existing distribution and office facilities and build-to-suit financing for one new facility.  The total sale price exceeded $38 Million and each of the properties was located in […]

BB&D Represents Koch Development in $18 Million Private Securities Offering

BB&D attorneys represented Koch Development and its affiliates in an $18 Million private securities offering of equity.  Koch Development intends to use the funds to develop three SkyWheel® amusement attractions at three popular destinations.  BB&D’s representation of the sponsor covered all aspects of the offering including the private placement documentation and structuring the organizational documents […]

BB&D Represents Owners of the Primary Subcontractor in Joint Venture on $300 Million Missouri Utility Infrastructure Project

BB&D attorneys represented the owners of the major subcontractor in connection with a $300 Million Missouri utility infrastructure project in structuring a joint venture with the general contractor to provide sufficient equity for performance bonding and placement of subordinated debt to the joint venture.  BB&D attorneys assisted with all aspects of structuring the joint venture […]

BB&D Attorneys Named to Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Lists

BB&D members Robert Blitz, Christopher Bauman, Marc Ellinger, Kelley Farrell and Teresa (“Traci”) Pupillo were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, with Robert Blitz also being named to the “St. Louis Top 50”.  In addition, Jason Turk was recognized as a “Rising Star.”  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding […]

BB&D Welcomes Michael Benson

Michael Benson has joined the firm’s St. Louis office as an associate in our litigation department.  Michael graduated in May 2016 from Washington University School of Law, where he served on the Board of the Global Studies Law Review.  While in law school, Michael received the Golden Quill Award for best Moot Court appellate brief, […]

Missouri Court of Appeals Finds in Favor of BB&D Clients Demanding Open Access to Government Meetings

BB&D attorneys Robert D. Blitz, Christopher O. Bauman, and Jason K. Turk represented taxpayers who brought a class action against the St. Louis County Board of Equalization.  The Board of Equalization determines property value disputes between the St. Louis County Assessor and taxpayers.  The Board of Equalization argued that it is not subject to Missouri’s […]

BB&D Welcomes Amy Oslica

Amy Oslica has joined the firm’s St. Louis office as an associate in our litigation department.  Amy received her law degree from the University of Missouri, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Dispute Resolution and the Vice President of the Women’s Law Association. Prior to joining the firm, Amy served […]

State Tax Commission Rules in Favor of Property Owners

BB&D attorneys Chris Bauman, Tom Rynard and Jason Turk represented two property owners before the Missouri State Tax Commission, successfully arguing that the St. Louis County Assessor and Board of Equalization had overvalued commercial property.  After an evidentiary hearing, the State Tax Commission agreed with BB&D’s expert evidence and found that the properties were overvalued […]

BB&D Welcomes Carolyn Head

Carolyn Head has joined the firm’s St. Louis office as an associate representing corporate entities and individuals in a variety of tax planning and transactional matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Carolyn worked as a tax senior associate at the St. Louis office of a major international accounting firm.  Carolyn received her law degrees from […]

Avery Earns Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating

BB&D announces that member Thomas Avery has received the prestigious AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are designed to assess the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney.  The AV Preeminent® rating represents a determination by Avery’s peers that he ranks at the highest level of professional excellence.  Avery joins […]

Marc Ellinger Speaks at RNLA 16th Annual National Policy Conference

On May 6, 2016, BB&D member  Marc Ellinger spoke at the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) 16th Annual Policy Conference in Washington DC.  Ellinger moderated the panel titled “War on Free Speech: Government Investigations, Citizens United, and College Campuses.” Highlights from the Conference include: A message from Chairman Trey Gowdy,  a panel of Attorneys General […]

Marc Ellinger Speaks at IMGL Spring Conference 2016 in San Francisco

On April 21, 2016, BB&D member Marc Ellinger spoke at the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Spring Conference in San Francisco, California.  Ellinger moderated the Keynote Panel Discussion titled “The Rise and Risks of eSports Betting.”  The panel included leading experts in the field and focused on the size, scope and nature of the rapidly-expanding market […]

Avery and Fink Win in Court of Appeals on Sanctions Issue

BB&D attorneys Thom Avery and Chantal Fink prevailed before the Missouri Court of Appeals on a case relating to $83,000.00 in sanctions awarded to its client in relation to a successful judgment on an underlying fraudulent conveyance lawsuit.  Avery and Fink had already won a judgment for their clients in the amount of $2.8 million […]

BB&D Welcomes David Luce

BB&D has announced that David H. Luce has joined the firm as a member.  Dave concentrates his practice in general civil litigation, including commercial, employment and real estate disputes. Dave’s trial results include obtaining an $11.1 million jury verdict in favor of a Missouri manufacturer against its insurance carrier, obtaining a defense jury verdict in […]

BB&D Welcomes Traci Pupillo

BB&D has announced that Teresa “Traci” Dale Pupillo has been named a new member in the St. Louis office.  Traci is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates her practice in real estate, employment and commercial litigation.  Traci has decades of experience in representing private contractors and property owners in all types of real estate, construction […]