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


Practicing Attorneys

Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP handles a broad range of business and individual litigation matters, including trials and appeals, in federal and state courts as well as numerous administrative agencies. 


Our Firm has decades of experience in business disputes in various industries, representing some of the nation’s largest companies, insurers, governmental entities as well as small businesses and individuals.   We have advised clients regarding lawsuits involving contracts, antitrust, securities, legal and accounting malpractice defense, RICO, class actions, negligence, toxic torts, insurance coverage, construction, trademark, unfair competition, real estate and tax increment financing.  Our extensive trial and appellate experience gives us the ability to provide imaginative, vigorous, practical and cost-effective representation for businesses of all kinds. 

Our clients find our size to be a distinct advantage.  They can select the trial lawyer to try their case and know that he or she will use well-trained supporting lawyers and staff as necessary to effectively represent their interests.  Such individual service enables our attorneys to thoroughly understand our client’s story and allow us to present it in the most favorable light to the court.  The attorneys assigned to a case are personally available to discuss any matter of concern at any time.  By efficiently staffing our clients’ matters, our Firm is able to render outstanding service at a reasonable cost.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

In addition to our expertise in both jury and court-tried cases, we also have tried major commercial arbitration and other administrative matters.  Our attorneys have served both as neutral and party-appointed arbitrators and as mediators in a wide variety of business disputes.  While we have tried many cases, we recognize the value of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and often recommend ADR to our clients where it is appropriate.    Our experience with ADR, together with our extensive trial and appellate experience make us especially effective in evaluating the merits of each client’s case so that the client can make an informed decision whether to resolve the matter before trial or to pursue it zealously to verdict and judgment.


Our Firm is the only relatively small St. Louis firm recognized for its litigation expertise by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers.  Chambers USA has observed that “[t]his compact St. Louis firm maintains a fabulous reputation in the state.  It is particularly renowned for its experience in sophisticated business litigation, malpractice defense and employment and labor law suits.” Our Firm is recognized for the ability of its lawyers, including a partner who is a Fellow of the American College of Trial 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.

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