8235 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 700
St. Louis, MO 63105

Charles S. Elbert, Partner

Charles Elbert represents private and public sector employers in a broad range of labor relations and employment matters, including: arbitration; litigation, such as defense of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other employee and administrative agency, claims in Missouri and Illinois federal and state courts; internal investigations; employment contracts; covenants not to compete; equal employment, affirmative action and wage-hour; federal, state and local agency investigations and audits; union avoidance; NLRB and State Board proceedings; collective bargaining; employment policies and agreements; and, claim avoidance counseling.

Mr. Elbert’s litigation experience in federal and state courts and in arbitration includes contract breach and interpretation, shareholder/partner/member disputes, premises liability, real estate, toxic tort, and tax increment financing (TIF). He also has served as an arbitrator, special master and mediator in a wide variety of disputes.

Mr. Elbert’s general corporate and real estate practice involves entity formation; negotiating and drafting of business, employment and real estate contracts; acquisition and sale of closely held companies and real estate; drafting and review of loan documents; and, closings.
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Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Corporate & Real Estate
  • Education Law


      • St. Louis University, J.D., cum laude
      • Washington University, A.B.

Bar Admissions

      • Missouri
      • Illinois
      • Supreme Court of the United States
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Associations, Memberships & Honors

      • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment
      • Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®
      • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (Member, Labor Law Section)
      • The Missouri Bar Association (Member, Labor Law Section)
      • Illinois State Bar Association (Member, Labor Law Section)
      • American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Labor and Employment Law)
      • American Arbitration Association, Neutrals Panel
      • Special Representative, 22nd Judicial Circuit Bar Committee (1978-1988)

Selected Publications and Presentations

      • CLE Presentations on Labor and Employment Law
      • Author: "Employment Discrimination Claims under §1981," Missouri Employment Discrimination, Second (2008)

Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP assists clients with Commercial Litigation, Civil Litigation, Education Law, Business Law, Labor and Employment Law, Estate and Tax Planning, Real Estate Law and Professional Liability Defense in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis and St. Charles Counties and throughout Missouri and Central and Southern Illinois.

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