Sheldon Korlin, is an advocate and counselor for growing businesses that provides more than 35 years of experience as a practical and creative problem solver for his business clients. He embraces the traditional label as a counselor at law and distills often complex legal processes and requirements into commonly understood concepts. Sheldon listens to his clients’ concerns and speaks directly and plainly to them. He provides business advice and corporate counsel to cost effectively and creatively solve the issues for his business clients. As a counselor and advocate, he provides advice and counsel as a discussion with his client business owners and officers about the potential benefits, risks and costs of taking an action in a given circumstance.
Sheldon has worked with client companies to identify and obtain necessary environmental permits and to examine and modify the client’s production processes and/or feedstocks to reduce their waste and increase their profitability while lowering disposal costs. Sheldon’s abilities as an innovative thinker and problem solver are most publicly displayed in his original authorship of the Missouri “Abandoned Property Reuse Act” and its first amendments. Designed to take abandoned and idled properties with environmental issues (“Brownfields”) and put them back into productive use to create jobs, spur economic activity and raise surrounding property values.
A corporate officer and in-house counsel for nearly half of his career, Sheldon understands the real world business pressures of owners and managers to increase profits, grow sales, expand markets and manage employees within the ever changing legal requirements. Armed with nearly 35 years of experience both in private practice and as in-house General Counsel, Sheldon counsels and supports those business owners, directors, officers and managers to make informed and practical decisions that balance those demands.
At the outset of a litigation matter, Sheldon works to understand his clients’ litigation goals and help them understand the court system and process and risks, costs and benefits of prosecuting or defending a given claim. Sheldon works along the way to help clients understand both the big picture of achieving their litigation goals and the need to make cost effective decisions that arise during the process. Patience, persistence and targeted aggressiveness are needed at different times during the life any case. Sheldon’s experience provides that and helps the client understand the risks and benefits of the using different tactics for different stages, issues and moments in a client’s litigation case. In the end, passion on behalf of the client to obtain the best possible outcomes for a client under the factual, legal, and financial circumstances then existing.
Sheldon’s practice areas are focused in environmental law, corporate law, real estate and construction, and dispute resolution. He’s skilled in risk management, compliance, transactions, corporate structures, and human resources. He uses creative strategies to minimize risk, reduce costs and move the business forward. Sheldon’s clients consider him a trusted business partner with broad experience, a creative mind and a vision for results.
Sheldon Korlin is a licensed member of the Missouri Bar and the Illinois Bar. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1984 with his Juris Doctor, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1981. He is a volunteer Facilitator for the YWCA in its “Witnessing Whiteness” program for anti-racism. He is a Certified Co-Leader of the ManKind Project in St. Louis, Certified Integration Group Leader and Past President of Central West County Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society.