People

H. Robert Showers, Jr.

Principal

Robert Showers formed Simms Showers LLP, originally a Baltimore, Maryland-based law firm, in 2002 as a principal partner and heads the DC-Northern Virginia office. His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation and nonprofit, tax exempt and business law. He regularly handles numerous lawsuits and claims against nonprofits and small businesses and advises them on corporate, risk management, tax-exempt and employment issues to avoid future problems.

Before going into private practice in 1989, Mr. Showers acted as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and served as Executive Director of the National Obscenity Enforcement Unit (NOEU), later called the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), within the U.S. Department of Justice. He earlier served as Special Assistant, to the U.S. Attorney General as his criminal justice and drug policy advisor as well as personal liaison to the 93 U.S. Attorneys. Prior to his appointment as Special Assistant, Mr. Showers served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, N.C. where he did a variety of federal prosecutions and handled complex civil litigation as Chief of the Civil Section.

Mr. Showers has started and run several nonprofits, including National Law Center for Children and Families and NonprofitChurchlaw.org. Mr. Showers has lectured extensively nationwide and written articles on church and nonprofit law, sexual misconduct, and child sexual exploitation.

He presently is the Co-author of the Nonprofit Church Law newsletters with national distribution. He is the co-author of Legal Hotspots in the Church and Nonprofits(2003); a series of Child Protection and Risk Management memos for churches and nonprofits and numerous law review articles including Church Law in Virginia (to be published in 2009).

In 1977, Mr. Showers graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with honors in History. In 1980 he graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law where he served with distinction on the Law Review and Moot Court Board.

Admissions
State Courts:

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

United States District Courts:

  • District of Columbia
  • District of Maryland
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of Virginia

United States Courts of Appeal:

  • Third Circuit
  • Federal Circuit
  • Fourth Circuit
  • Seventh Circuit

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

United States Supreme Court

Education and Experience
Wake Forest University (B.A., cum laude)
Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D.)
Wake Forest Law Review, Member
Moot Court Board Justice