Burton H. Shostak, a graduate of Washington University Law School in St. Louis, has litigated various kinds of cases. With regard to civil cases, he has represented individuals as well as businesses such as banks, retail establishments and others as plaintiffs and defendants. He represented plaintiffs to do away with the longstanding doctrines of charitable immunity in Missouri in Abernathy v. Sisters of St. Mary’s, as well as governmental immunity in Prewitt v. Parkway School District, so that people injured by the negligence of a hospital or a school district may be awarded damages.
In governmental service he was a special assistant attorney general for six years, Counsel to the House of Representatives’ Committee to Investigate the Department of Revenue, and chairman and member of the Missouri Public Defender Commission.
Burt is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and is also a Life Member of NACDL. He has authored articles published in The Champion, a publication of NACDL, and is a regular instructor at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Cardozo Law School in New York. In addition, Burt is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He lectures on matters concerning trial skills for various state and local bar associations.
In addition to defending persons accused of alcohol-related offenses, he has represented a wide variety of those accused of such crimes as conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, voter and cable TV fraud, and income tax crimes at trial and on appeal. In addition he has represented many clients before state and federal grand juries and governmental agencies.
Not surprisingly, Burt was voted one of the best lawyers in America in 2008 and 2009 and was named a “Super Lawyer” in 2008 and 2009 by KC Magazine. He was also the recipient of the Lon O. Hocker Award, given by the Missouri Bar to a lawyer under the age of 36, in recognition of his trial ability.