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Christine A. Gilsinan, Attorney at Law, Webster Groves, Missouri


  • University of Denver School of Law, J.D., 1975. (Law Journal Associate Editor; Order of St. Ives)
  • Loyola University, Chicago, IL. B.A., cum laude, 1969


Ms. Gilsinan is a solo practitioner in St. Louis (Webster Groves) Missouri, where she concentrates her practice in estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, beneficiary designations, real estate) and senior issues such as Medicare, Planning for Medicaid, Nursing Home issues, and Long Term Care Issues.

She is certified as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA*) by the National Elder Law Foundation. To gain certification as a CELA, lawyers are required to pass an elaborate screening process that includes a day-long written examination, at least 16 hours per week practicing elder and special needs law and at least 60 elder law matters during the three years preceding the application, peer references from five other elder law attorneys, and continuing legal education.  The passage rate on the certification exam in recent years has been under 30%.  A recertification is required every five years after certification.

Christine has participated in seminars for other legal professionals through the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the National Business Institute. She has written extensively for the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar (CLE Deskbook Series), the St. Louis Bar Journal and Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Ms. Gilsinan graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1975 and is a member of the Order of St. Ives and the American, Colorado, Missouri and St. Louis Bar Associations. She received her B.A. degree, cum laude, in Sociology from Loyola University in 1969.

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (5/5)
“Lawyers who receive the AV Preeminent status have been awarded the highest ratings for their professional ethics and legal ability by their peers. Fewer than 5% of all law firms qualify, making subscribers to the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers the most respected in the country.” (Source: Martindale-Hubbell)

Bar Memberships:

  • Missouri Bar
  • Colorado Bar
  • Federal U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Missouri)
  • Federal U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Committees, Associations and Memberships:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Director, Missouri Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee
  • Missouri Bar Probate and Trust Law Committee
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Elder Law Committee.

Legal Education Writings, Programs and Presentations:

In addition to speaking at seminars for the general public, Christine A. Gilsinan authors articles in professional journals and Missouri Practice publications.  She also makes legal presentations to other legal professionals:

  • October 18, 2012, Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, “Special Needs Trusts: They are Not Just A Form” with Martha C. Brown.
  • December 10, 2011, MONaela Elder Law Fundamentals Institute, St. Louis, MO, “Ethics for Elder Law Attorneys.”
  • Currently updating Chapter 5, “Planning for Minors, Elderly and Disabled Persons,” Missouri Estate Planning (3rd ed., Trusts and Estates MoBar Deskbook Series), with Julie Berkowitz, Esquire
  • 2009 Update to Chapter 13, Missouri Nonprobate Transfers Law (with Andrea Jackson), Missouri Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Custodianships, and Nonprobate Matters (2d ed. 2006, Trusts and Estates MoBar Deskbook Series)
  • The St. Louis Bar Journal, (Spring, 2010):”2010 Medicaid in Missouri,” with Barbara Gilchrist and Julie Berkowitz
  • The St. Louis Bar Journal, Vol. 51 No. 2 (Fall, 2004): “Individual Retirement Accounts for Seniors and Their Families”
  • Medicaid–Planning and Applying Legal Strategies, Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminar (February 16, 2005)
  • Elder Law for the General Practitioner, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (June 30, 2003)
  • How to Practice Law Professionally and Ethically, St. Louis University School of Law (February 18, 2000)


 *Certified Elder Law Attorney as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifications, organizations or specialist designations.  

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