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Bradford L. Stevens serves his clients by implementing estate and business plans that reflect the client’s goals, hopes, dreams and expectations. As a business and estate planning counsel, he crafts plans for individuals and businesses to help them succeed and prosper.

A native of St. Louis, his roots are deep in the community. After graduating from Webster Groves High School in 1969, he attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he graduated in 1973 with a B.A., magna cum laude. He then went on to obtain his Juris Doctors Degree from Washington University School of Law in 1976.

Brad practices in the areas of estate planning, tax, probate, real estate and business law. He is a frequent lecturer to various organizations and has given numerous seminars to accounting professionals, financial planners, insurance professionals and the public.

He is a founding member and currently serves as President of the e.Planners Educational Alliance, a nonprofit educational think tank. The purpose of the Alliance is to expand estate planning knowledge and expertise of its members in order to serve the needs of clients and the dignity of the legal profession.

Brad is a coauthor of How to Protect Assets during Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death (2002) and Trust and Asset Protection Alternatives in Missouri (2000). He also coauthored a Practical Skills Workshop on Living Trust - Centered Estate Planning (1994) and Missouri Practice Probate (1992). He is a member of the Probate and Trust Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Probate and Trust Committee of the Missouri Bar, and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association.

Brad is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 53%
  2. Business: 34%
  3. Real Estate: 13%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven Thomas Welch

    I have had the undeserved blessing of knowing Brad in at least two national professional associations of estate planning lawyers. HIs dedication to his clients and his craft is unparalleled. I can also say that I have been unfairly advantaged by my relationship with him as both a colleague and friend. Brad is the lawyer every other lawyer should want to be - character and integrity above reproach with impeccable credentials, reputation, and professional acumen and the attorney who can take the most complex of issues and make them understandable to the most stubborn 5 year old. I unreservedly endorse Brad. Any client would be well-served by retaining him and any lawyer enriched by collaborating with him.


    Steven Welch Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • J. Benjamin Warren Jr.

    Brad is an excellent attorney whom brings knowledge, wisdom and experience to the estate planning process for clients. I highly recommend him.


    J. Warren Oil and gas Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Shands Elbert Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP

1 North Brentwood Blvd.
Suite 800 Shaw Park Plaza
Saint Louis, MO, 63105-3925


MOGood Standing, Active197601/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Teacher, CLE Estate Planning Internship ProgramUniversity of Missouri- Kansas City1995
Dean's Honor ScholarWashington University School of Law1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKohn Shands Elbert Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP2009 - Present
PartnerSpencer Fane Britt & Browne, LLP2001 - 2009
PartnerDankenbring Greiman Osterholt & Hoffman1996 - 2001
ShareholderNewman Goldfarb Freyman Stevens & Klein, P.C.1983 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sectionmember2000 - Present
e.Planners Educational AlliancePresident1999 - Present
Missouri Bar, Probate and Trust Law CommitteeMember1977 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Professional Education Systems, Inc.How to Protect Assets during Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Missouri, St. LouisHistoryOther - Bachelors1973