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

John Gianoulakis, Partner (Retired)

John Gianoulakis, Partner (Retired)

John Gianoulakis has two major areas of concentration. One is as a trial lawyer in Business Litigation. The second is in representing public school districts, both as a counselor on a wide variety of issues from employee and student problems to the Open Meeting Law and Civil Rights and Constitutional issues, and as a trial lawyer.

As a trial lawyer, Mr. Gianoulakis has tried approximately 50 cases (both jury and non-jury) to conclusion in federal and state courts and has argued approximately 30 cases in various appellate courts in the Midwest. He has represented defendants in employment discrimination cases and legal malpractice cases and has been involved in a wide variety of other litigation on covenants not to compete, property disputes, blighting and tax increment financing cases, contractual disputes, an antitrust case, trust litigation, wrongful termination of employees and distributors and defense of class actions.

Mr. Gianoulakis was attorney for the relator in the qui tam whistleblower case that resulted in the largest fraud settlement ever reached by the United States in Eastern Missouri.

Mr. Gianoulakis has also served as independent counsel in making an investigation and report to several entities and has served as a sole arbitrator, an arbitrator on a panel of three arbitrators and a mediator in a wide variety of disputes.  He has been included in Best Lawyers in America®, 2011 in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Legal Malpractice Law (Defense) and in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2010 in Business Litigation, Top 50 in St. Louis and Top 100 in Missouri.


Areas of Practice 

  • Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Mediation and Arbitration 


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Washington University, A.B.

Bar Admissionsundefined

  • Missouri
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th, 7th and 6th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

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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