Cort A. VanOstran

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Phone: 314-241-5620
800-451-2950 (Toll Free)
Fax: 314-241-4140
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Cort VanOstran focuses his civil litigation practice on commercial matters, class actions, and mass torts.  Mr. VanOstran has briefed and argued motions in state and federal court, and he has taken the lead in drafting appeals at the state and federal level.  He has extensive experience with discovery, including taking and defending key depositions.  He has also devoted considerable time to pro bono practice, including by representing juveniles and handling an assigned federal matter on behalf of an indigent plaintiff.

Mr. VanOstran is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation. He was named a 2017 Up & Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.  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, and current adjunct instructor, 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 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—and he is a former board member for Prison Performing Arts, a community non-profit.

In 2018, Mr. VanOstran won a five-way primary race to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s second district.  He was endorsed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and his campaign was placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” list of top-tier races nationally.  He lost narrowly to a three-term incumbent.

Mr. VanOstran earned his J.D. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis.  While in law school, he served as President of the Student Bar Association and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Policy.  Mr. VanOstran earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University.


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 in field - 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