Practicing Attorneys

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


Our lawyers have decades of experience in business disputes in countless industries, representing some of the nation’s largest companies, insurers and governmental entities as well as small businesses and individuals.   We advise clients on lawsuits involving contracts, antitrust, securities, legal and accounting malpractice defense, RICO, class actions, negligence, toxic torts, insurance coverage, construction, trademark, unfair competition, 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.  Our individualized approach enables our attorneys to thoroughly understand our client’s position and allows 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 regularly serve 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 and lawyers are regularly recognized for its outstanding experience and quality by legal evaluators including Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Best Law Firms. In St. Louis, the largest law firms routinely call n us to represent clients in matters that they are precluded from handling, and many of those “Big Firms” have retained us to represent them in litigation.