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For over 40 years, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis, & Giljum LLP, has been recognized as a leader in the St. Louis legal community.  Most recently, we were one of only six St. Louis firms honored for General Commercial Litigation in Chambers USA®.  We are ranked in the 2011-2012 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in St. Louis in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (one of only five Tier 1 firms), Litigation – Labor & Employment (one of only four Tier 1 firms), Litigation – Municipal (one of only two Tier 1 firms), Labor and Employment Law – Management, and Tax Law and Litigation. 

Four of our lawyers (John Gianoulakis, Joe Giljum, Mark Bremer and Charles Elbert) are recognized individually in Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Most notably, John Gianoulakis was named the 2014 St. Louis Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants” and Charles Elbert was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law–Management.  Previously John Gianoulakis was selected as the 2012 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Municipal and Joseph Giljum was selected as the 2012 and 2011 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law. John Gianoulakis is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Joe Giljum is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.   

Given these accolades, and the fact that we have eleven AV® rated lawyers and a number of lawyers recognized by Benchmark® – America’s Leading Litigation Attorneys and Missouri Super Lawyers®, we take great pride in knowing that we can deliver large firm capability and expertise with the responsiveness of a small firm. 

Our Firm is also a proud member of Legal Netlink Alliance, a global alliance of independent, general practice law firms that are selected for membership because they represent a high level of quality and integrity.  Our Firm’s membership in Legal Netlink Alliance gives our clients access to quality legal representation virtually anywhere in the world.

Today, with 15 lawyers, most of whom joined the Firm right out of law school, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP strives toward excellence while remaining grounded in its core Midwestern values and commitment to the community.  In addition to pro bono legal services, lecturing on a wide variety of law topics, and various Bar Association activities, all of our lawyers are involved in charitable, civic, arts, and educational organizations and activities. 



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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