Cort A. VanOstran focuses his practice on commercial litigation, class actions, and mass torts. He has assisted with numerous aspects of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, trial, and appeal. He represents clients with passion and professionalism.
Prior to joining Gray, Ritter & Graham, Mr. VanOstran clerked for U.S. District Judges Audrey Fleissig and John Ross in the Eastern District of Missouri. He is a former Visiting Lecturer in Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught Legal Practice, the first-year legal writing course.
In 2018, at the age of 29, Mr. VanOstran won a five-way primary race to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s Second district. His campaign was placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” list of top-tier races nationally, and he received over 47% of the vote in the November general election.
In 2020, he was selected as a National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 40 Under 40 Civil Practice Trial Lawyers” in Missouri, which recognizes trial attorneys under the age of 40 for their superior qualifications, leadership and reputation.
Mr. VanOstran remains active in the St. Louis community. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and has served as faculty and staff for the Missouri Scholars Academy, a state-sponsored program for gifted high school students. He is an alumnus of the FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders program. He previously supervised 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.
Mr. VanOstran earned his J.D. with honors from Washington University. While in law school, he served as President of the Student Bar Association and Managing Editor of the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. He was a member of both the National Moot Court Team and the championship-winning 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.
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