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John Howard Shows

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Flowood, Mississippi
(601) 326-1199
(866) 965-3516
(601) 664-0047

Experience with practical insight sets my law practice apart from others. I have been practicing for more than 35 years and I am an "AV" rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. I personally have represented entrepreneurs, business men and women, developers, widows, abused spouses and children. The common theme of my practice is people, not large corporations, but individuals with a variety of problems and needs. I desire a long standing relationship with clients and their children. I value their trust and confidence. I give them undivided loyalty and keep their problems and needs confidential and private.

I want to be referable to my client's friends and relatives. Therefore, I do say "thank you" and "please"; I am on time; I do what I say when I promise; and I finish what I start.

I do communicate with all clients regarding their case and what is happening. I recognize that clients really do know more than I do about their problem or need. I listen to what they have to say and act accordingly for their best interests.

I understand that the legal process is often confusing and feels extremely slow for people who are trying to work through an imperfect problem or need. I am sympathetic to their need to finish the job and bring the matter to conclusion.

My practice is limited to specific areas. I handle real estate sales and loans and I help homeowners acquire their first home. I handle all types of real estate litigation, for example: boundary line disputes, real estate contract disputes, real estate commission disputes, zoning changes, partitions of real property, quiet title suits, and suits to remedy the defective construction of a home. 

I help administer estates and conservatorships. I advise families on estate planning and business succession. I handle court cases in all these same areas including Will Contests and trust litigation.

I was selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi's 50 Leading Attorneys for 2010.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates
  • Business Transactions
  • Family Law
  • General Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1973


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 1974
    • Major: Taxation
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 1970
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Law Review: Member, Mississippi Law Journal, 1969 - 1970
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1968
    • Major: History
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mississippi Bar Association, Member, 1970 - Present
  • Hinds County Bar Association, Member, 1974 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1970 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Young Scanlon & Sessums, PA, Shareholder, 1976 - 1986
  • H.C. Bailey Companies, General Counsel, 1986 - 1992

Pro Bono Activities

  • Center for Violence Prevention, 2006 - Present
  • Jones County Junior College Foundation, 2006 - Present
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Shows & Smith Law Firm PLLC
2950 Layfair Drive, Suite 101
Flowood, MS 39232
Toll Free: 866-965-3516
Phone: 601-326-1199
Fax: 601-664-0047
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