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Meet Attorney John Howard Shows

John Howard ShowsJohn Howard Shows

Founder of Shows & Smith Law Firm PLLC

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 by Martindale-Hubbell® and was selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi's 50 Leading Attorneys for 2010.

I have personally represented all types of people and business owners, including:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business men and women
  • Developers
  • Widows
  • Abused spouses
  • Children

The common theme of my practice is individual people, not large corporations, with a variety of problems and needs. I desire a long standing relationship with clients and their children and value their trust and confidence. I give them undivided loyalty and keep their problems and needs confidential and private.

Compassionate Communication throughout Your Case

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

Communication is important and I always make sure that all of my clients are always kept in the loop 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.

In-Depth Understanding

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 also 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.


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

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

Professional Associations and Memberships:

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

Areas of Practice:

If you are facing a legal issue, do not hesitate to contact our Jackson lawyers at (601) 809-4144. Schedule your free initial consultation today.

Reviews from Former Clients

  • “It has been so helpful not to have to worry. We knew we were in good hands.”

    Jenny & Patsy

  • “Y'all have given me hope when I had none in the court system”

    Shanae S.

  • “My experience with this firm was very pleasant and I feel as if I have built a strong relationship here.”

    Gabriel B.

  • “Child custody issues are never easy but Connie did a fantastic job and made a difficult situation as easy as possible.”

    Robert W.

  • “I felt a sense of "I got this" with you guys in my corner. You are amazing at what you do, all three of you.”

    M. Taylor


  • Mississippi Business Journal
  • AV Preeminent® Rating - Martindale Hubbell®
  • Super Lawyers

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Perspective. Perspective. Perseverance.
  1. Over 70 Years of Combined Legal Experience
  2. Consistently Among the Top Trial Lawyers in Mississippi
  3. Award-Winning Team Recognized Locally & Nationally
  4. Personal Attention from a Team Devoted to Your Success
  5. Take the Time to Prepare Your Case to the Fullest Extent
  6. Provide Realistic Outcomes and Step-by-Step Guidance
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