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

Douglas W. King, Partner

Douglas W. King, Partner

Doug King is a trial lawyer, concentrating primarily on complex business and commercial litigation.  He is also an experienced appellate advocate, and he has defended class action litigation throughout the United States.  He also counsels a variety of smaller businesses on the full range of their legal needs. 

As a trial lawyer, Mr. King has served as lead trial counsel in jury cases in the state and federal courts in Missouri.  He has also acted as lead trial counsel in bench trials in the state and federal courts as well as trying arbitration cases in Missouri and several other states under a variety of domestic and some foreign arbitral rules.  In his commercial litigation practice, Mr. King equally represents plaintiffs and defendants.  He has obtained seven-figure jury verdicts and defended claims of similar magnitude.

As an appellate advocate, Mr. King has briefed and argued appeals in the state and federal courts in Missouri, in other federal circuits, and in other state court systems.

In his class action practice, Mr. King has defended more than 50 consumer class actions in state and federal courts spread across more than 20 different states.  He has also represented clients in securities, ERISA, civil rights, and medical monitoring class actions. 

Mr. King also serves as principal outside counsel to several small businesses, advising them on the gamut of legal issues that arise. He also resolves disputes as an arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Actions     


  • University of Chicago, J.D., with honors
  • Harvard University, A.B., summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri,
  • Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Associations, Memberships and Honors 

  • Panel Member, American Arbitration Association 
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers

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.

© 2024 Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP | Disclaimer
8235 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 700, St. Louis, MO 63105
| Phone: 314-241-3963

About Us | Our Attorneys | Practice Areas | News & Events | Careers