Cort A. VanOstran
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Phone: 314-241-5620
800-451-2950 (Toll Free)
Fax: 314-241-4140
Email: E-mail Cort A. VanOstran


Cort 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 currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

He received a Missouri Lawyers Weekly "Up & Coming" award in 2017.

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.

Mr. VanOstran was previously an associate at an international commercial litigation firm based in Kansas City, Missouri.


Areas of Practice
Commercial Litigation

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
  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 - 2011
Major: Government

Published Works
Justice Not for Sale: A Constitutional Defense of the Missouri Plan for Judicial Selection, 44 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 159 (2014)

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)

Honorary Recognition and Awards
The Best Lawyers in America, 2021

“Up & Coming Lawyer,” Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2017

2017 Young Lawyers Division Award of Merit, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

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