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

Franklin F. Wallis, Partner

Franklin F. Wallis, Partner

Franklin Wallis specializes in estate planning, estate administration, and charitable planning. He has built a career on responsiveness and trust. A lawyer with domestic and international exposure and clients, Franklin believes that personal relationships are the cornerstone of his practice.

After spending most of his career heading the private client department of a major international law firm, Franklin came to Shands, Elbert to continue his practice in a smaller platform to continue to provide an exceptional, respected private practice that has both warmth of character and incredible resources.

Franklin has been involved in civic and community affairs for various organizations, including the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, the St. Louis Council on World Affairs, the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis, Dance St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Forest Park Forever.

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Areas of Practice:          

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Charitable Planning


  • The London School of Economics, The University of London, LL.M (1970)
  • The Hague Academy of International Law, Special Certificate (1970)
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. (1969)
  • Central Methodist College, A.B. Degree cum laude (1966)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations, Memberships and Honors

  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Bar Association
  • St. Louis Art Museum
  • Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates (1987 – present)
  • St. Louis Chapter of Leukemia Society of America
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
  • Duke University Estate Planning Council
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
  • Sheldon Arts Foundation
  • Dance St. Louis
  • St. Louis Council on World Affairs
  • Arts & Education Council of St. Louis
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park; Missouri Citizens for the Arts
  • St. Louis Community Foundation
  • Forest Park Forever, Inc.
  • Forum for Contemporary Art
  • Friends of St. Louis Public Library
  • KETC Channel Nine
  • Area Resources for Community and Health Services (ARCHS)
  • The Saigh Foundation

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