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Tara P. Ellis

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  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., 2003, cum laude
  • University of Mississippi
    B.A., 2000
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 2003
About Tara
  • Which courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of your clients?

    Consistent with the regulatory portion of my practice, I have routinely worked with the Mississippi Gaming Commission and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, primarily relative to licensure and compliance issues. I have also frequently worked with other state and local agencies in assisting my clients to obtain necessary licensure and permits necessary to operate or acquire their businesses.

  • How are you involved in your community?
  • What types of clients do you represent?
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?

Select Matters

  • Assists franchisors and franchisee with franchise agreements.
  • Provides assistances to lenders and borrowers in various types of financing arrangements.
  • Represented the owners of a casino in the sale of their membership interests.
  • Represented a publicly-traded corporation in its acquisition of the equity securities of two Mississippi casinos.
  • Successfully defended a casino against a $1 million slot machine jackpot claim, proven to be a result of a malfunction.
  • Represented a state housing finance agency in the implementation and administration of a foreclosure prevention program.    
  • Represented a purchaser of a chain of restaurants holding Mississippi alcoholic beverage permits in licensing issues.  
  • Represented a lender in the financing, through loan and grant programs, of approximately 40 affordable housing projects.             
  • Represented a multi-state retailer in the implementation and review of various compliance and risk management programs.



      Speaking Engagements


        • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2003, cum laude
        • University of Mississippi, B.A., 2000
        Bar Admissions
        • Mississippi, 2003
        Professional Affiliations
        • International Association of Gaming Advisors
        • Mississippi Bar Association
        • Executive Board of the Gaming Law Section
        • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, past board member
        Awards & Accolades
        • The Best Lawyers in America®
        • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star
        • PORTICO Magazine, Top 10 Lawyers in Jackson, Mississippi
        • Mississippi Business Journal, Leadership in Law Award, 2017