ABOUT ELAD GROSS
Elad is a civil rights and government transparency attorney. He served as an Assistant Attorney General until the end of 2016 and represented Missourians in courts throughout the state.
Since then, Elad has fought for better government in Missouri by investigating and suing a corrupt dark money organization trying to buy Missouri’s government. He won a landmark Sunshine Law decision against Missouri's Attorney General and Governor to stop the government from hiding public records.
Elad has sought to enforce Missouri’s government transparency laws and pushed for fairness in our underfunded education and criminal justice systems. He's worked with families, small business owners, government officials, organizers, and law enforcement officers to build a better Missouri for all.
A Son of Missouri
He almost made a tackle once.
Elad fell in love with civic service at a young age. In elementary school, he memorized all the amendments to the Constitution because the Preamble just wasn’t enough. In high school, despite being told he was too small and having little athletic talent, he decided to play football. He stuck with it because he loved being a part of a team that always strove to be better. (He even tried to continue that into college, where he was cut from Duke University’s football team three times before he eventually took up rugby.) In college, he started the Education Exchange Corps, a nonprofit organization that has helped children throughout St. Louis City learn the power they have to lead through civic engagement.
Working in the classroom, Elad saw the unmet needs of many of our state’s families. Underfunded schools and overworked teachers. Kids without food at home. Families who weren’t sure where they would live next month. A lack of jobs and training opportunities. He worked with students, parents, teachers, community members, and so many others who fought desperately to give more kids real opportunity.
The Right Experience
That experience brought Elad to Washington University School of Law. While a law student, Elad continued growing the Education Exchange Corps, worked in the Department of Justice's organized crime unit, and served as an intern with the Missouri Attorney General's Office. When he graduated, he proudly became an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri. He served in the Labor and Litigation Divisions.
Elad was first responsible for a docket of around 1000 workers' compensation cases. After several months, he managed a large docket of constitutional cases and volunteered to do even more work when other Assistant Attorneys General left the Office. He often spent 350-400 hours per month working for the People of Missouri. In addition to managing one of the largest caseloads in the state, Elad also co-managed the Attorney General's Internship Program in St. Louis, which quickly became his favorite role in the Office. He trained attorneys on trial advocacy and completed several efficiency projects still saving taxpayer money to this day.
Elad is a trial attorney who has litigated cases in administrative settings, state courts, federal courts, and courts of appeal. He left the Attorney General’s Office in 2016 and started another nonprofit organization called Missouri For All to teach adults and youth throughout the state how to have their voices heard in our government and communities. He also volunteered as a Special Public Defender in St. Louis City, and he secured the freedom of a teenager who had been held in jail for 7 months for a crime she did not commit. Elad has represented several clients who were illegally detained in the City. He has been working on making our state's criminal justice system fairer for everyone.
In 2020, Elad joined the St. Louis Mediation Project to assist renters and landlords resolve disputes and avoid evictions. He helped expand the program throughout the St. Louis region and helped thousands of Missourians keep their homes.
Committed to Community
Every time Elad has met a challenge, he’s come back looking for the next. He is fighting corruption in Missouri, and he won’t let those with more power tell any of us that the people of this state don’t deserve to be represented.
Elad was born and raised in Missouri. His name is pronounced "El-ahd" and means “God is eternal." It appears to have been more popular during biblical days. When he’s not rooting out corrupt practices in our government, teaching economics to kindergarteners at summer camp, or chasing his hyperactive dogs, Elad is usually handing out fruit snacks and asking Missourians how they want to fix our state. He has served as a board member or an advisory board member of the Education Exchange Corps; Missouri For All; the Citizenship Education Clearing House; New Leaders Council St. Louis; Caring Ministries, Inc.; Alltru's Community Development projects; and Clay Elementary School.
Elad is a proud Clayton Greyhound. He graduated from Washington University School of Law as a national champion in trial advocacy. He graduated from Duke University with degrees in Economics and Political Science.
Elad is married to Tasha Kaminsky, a co-founder of Ashreinu and a nonprofit professional. Tasha is undisputedly better at trivia, but they have yet to agree on who is funnier. They live in St. Louis City.
Constitutional, Civil Rights, and
Government Transparency Attorney
Former Assistant Attorney General
Litigated major cases protecting Missouri's Sunshine Law and stopping local governments from violating citizens' civil liberties
Duke University (Economics, Political Science)
Admitted in Missouri and Federal Courts
Certified Guardian Ad Litem