Cort A.

St. Louis, Missouri
314-241-5620 | 800-451-2950

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Cort VanOstran St. Louis Litigation Attorney

Cort VanOstran

St. Louis, Missouri
314-241-5620 | 800-451-2950

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Cort A. VanOstran

Cort A. VanOstran is a 2014 honors graduate of Washington University School of Law. Prior to joining Gray, Ritter & Graham, Mr. VanOstran served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig and U.S. District Judge John Ross in the Eastern District of Missouri. In addition to practicing law, Mr. VanOstran serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mr. VanOstran is active in the St. Louis community. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and serves on the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council. Mr. VanOstran has served as faculty and staff for the Missouri Scholars Academy, a state-sponsored program for gifted high school students. He currently supervises Washington University’s chapter of the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a community partnership that places law students in public high schools to teach constitutional law. He was named to the Spring 2016 class of the FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders program.


While in law school, Mr. VanOstran served as President of the Student Bar Association and Managing Editor of the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. He received the Dean’s Leadership Award for his contributions to the law school, as well as an Honor Scholar award for his academic performance. He served as a member of Washington University’s National Moot Court Team and Trial Team.

Mr. VanOstran earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University, where he was involved in the Harvard Institute of Politics and authored a thesis on legislative efficacy. He also worked or interned for policymakers at all levels of government, and spent a summer as a volunteer in Mamelodi Township, South Africa.

Mr. VanOstran was previously an associate at an international products liability and commercial litigation firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked for clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. His primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, class action litigation, and mass torts.


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Mass Torts

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Bar Admissions
  • Missouri, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. cum laude, 2014
    • Dean’s List
    • Honor Scholar Award
    • CALI Award (highest class grade-Critical Jurisprudence)
    • Dean’s Leadership Award
    • President, Student Bar Association
    • Managing Editor, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Trial Team
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • A.B. cum laude in field of Government, 2011
Honors and Awards
  • “Up & Coming Lawyer,” Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2017
  • 2017 Young Lawyers Division Award of Merit, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Published Works
  • Co-author, “Practice Makes Perfect: New Practitioners’ Perspectives on Trends in Legal Education,” Washington University Journal Law and Policy, Volume 53 (2017)
  • “Can I Return or Destroy ‘Confidential’ Documents,” Journal of the Missouri Bar, May-June 2017 
  • CLE Materials co-author, Mass Torts Breakout: ‘All Natural,’ Ingredient Labeling, and Health Claims, Oh My: Recent Developments in the Smorgasbord of Food Labeling Class Actions, 2015 ABA Environmental, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar in Snowmass Village, Colo. (January 30, 2015)
  • “Justice Not for Sale: A Constitutional Defense of the Missouri Plan for Judicial Selection,” Washington University Journal Law and Policy, Volume 44 (2014)
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • The Missouri Bar, Young Lawyer’s Section Council Representative
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyer’s Division Board Member
Past Employment Positions
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Audrey Fleissig, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri, and Honorable John Ross, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri
Pro Bono Activities
  • Board of Directors, Prison Performing Arts
  • Assistant Coach, Washington University Moot Court Team
  • Faculty Supervisor, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
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