Attorney Profiles

Charles E. McElyea

Camdenton, Missouri

Phone: 888-236-2485
Fax: 573-346-4411

I have practiced law in the Lake of the Ozarks area since November of 1971. I joined the law firm of Phillips and Parrish after being discharged from the United States Army as a First Lieutenant. I am now the senior member of the five member law firm of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch, P.C.

Since November of 1971, I have been engaged in the general practice of law, handling cases in state courts and representing clients in a variety of civil matters. My practice areas include representation in real estate matters and disputes, municipal and county government issues, estate planning and probate administration, domestic relations, business organizations, condominium and homeowner associations, and personal injury. I am also involved in alternative dispute resolution as a mediator and an arbitrator.

I graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. At the same time I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. In 1971 I received my Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Missouri.

During my residency at the Lake of the Ozarks, more specifically, here in Camdenton, my family and I have been involved in a number of community projects and organizations. Through the years, I have had the opportunity to serve as an active member of the community and have been involved in various civic organizations including the following:

  • Camdenton Chamber of Commerce
  • Osage Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Camdenton Jaycees (Past President)
  • Lake Valley Country Club Board of Directors (Past President)
  • Camdenton Optimist Club
  • Camdenton R-III School Board (Past President)
  • Camdenton Kiwanis Club
  • Lake of the Ozarks Association, currently known as Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau (Past President)
  • Camdenton Rotary Club

I am a current member of the Board of Directors of Lake Regional Health System (Past President and current Assistant Secretary) and a current member of Lake Regional Medical Group (currently Vice-President).

I am married and have two grown children and four grandchildren. My wife is a retired teacher from the Camdenton R-III School District. When not working, I enjoy outdoor activities which include hunting, fishing and golf.

My wife and I are members of the Camdenton United Methodist Church, and I am a Master Mason and a member of the York Rite Bodies, Scottish Rite and Shrine.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Related Matters
  • Municipal and County Government
  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration
  • Domestic Relations
  • Business Organizations
  • Personal Injury
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1971


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1971
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1968
    B.S., Bachelor of Science Business Administration (Marketing)

Representative Clients

  • First National Bank
  • Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks
  • Camdenton R-III School District
  • Lake Regional Health System
  • The Ledges Condominium Owners Association
  • Cedar Glen Construction, Inc.
  • Lake of the Ozarks Properties, Inc.
  • Professional Management Group


  • First National Bank of Camdenton
  • Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks
  • Lake Regional Health System
  • Camdenton R-III School System

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Camden County Bar Association, Member
  • The Missouri Bar (Member: School Law Committee, 1975-1992; Insurance Services Committee, 1986-1994; Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 1987)
  • Missouri Association of Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Missouri Land Title Association, Member
  • American Land Title Association, Member
  • Missouri Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, Mediator
  • Twenty-sixth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member


  • Phi Alpha Delta

Birth Information

  • December 10, 1946, Columbia, Missouri, United States of America

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