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Courtney Shands, Jr., Partner (Retired)

Courtney Shands, Jr., Partner (Retired)


Courtney Shands, Jr. specialized in business entity formation, commercial transactions, real estate, estate planning and probate. He represented Fortune 500 and local corporations, and other entities in a variety of business and commercial matters, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, benefit plans and complicated contracts. Mr. Shands represented lenders, borrowers, buyers, sellers, developers, planners, major landowners, and school districts, in a variety of real estate transactions, including like-kind exchanges and rezoning. He represented several major mining corporations (coal, lead, iron, fluorspar) in matters peculiar to that industry. Mr. Shands served as a director of numerous closely held corporations, as president of a timber company with operating oil and gas wells, as a member of the executive committee of a local manufacturing company and on the Board of a major charity.

Courtney Shands, Jr. was president of the Young Lawyer's Section of the local Bar Association. He served as the senior warden and a vestryman of two Episcopal Churches, as an officer and director of several local charitable organizations, chiefly educational, as president of a local summer school for gifted children, and as trustee of three charitable trusts. Mr. Shands was on the national board of directors of the ACLU, and the president of its local chapter for several years and served as the President of the Law Library Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and as the Missouri Secretary for the Selden Society. He did pro bono real estate and probate work for legal aid referrals, reviewed the real estate section of the Missouri Bar's Farm Law handbook, and incorporated the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, which operates the student transfer program in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate, Real Estate, Tax, and Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Real Property
  • Probate and Trust Law
  • Education Law


  • Harvard Law School, LL.B.
  • Washington University, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations, Memberships & Honors

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association

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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