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John Howard Shows - Jackson, Mississippi Attorney

John Howard Shows

Leading a Nationally Recognized Legal Team

Experience with practical insight sets my law practice apart from others. I have been practicing for more than 35 years and I am rated AV® PREEMINENT™ through Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability™. I 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 theme of my practice is being for the individual person. I desire a long standing relationship with clients 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

Communication is important and I always make sure that all of my clients are kept in the loop regarding their case and what is happening. I recognize that clients really do know more than I do about their situation, so I listen to what they have to say and act accordingly, with their best interests in mind.

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.

Representation Backed by 35+ Years’ Experience

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 involving commercial real estate and residential real restate, for example:

  • Boundary line disputes
  • Real estate contract disputes
  • Real estate commission disputes
  • Zoning changes
  • Partitions of real property
  • Quiet title suits
  • 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.

For aggressive, experienced representation in your legal matter, contact Shows Law Firm PLLC for a case evaluation!


  • 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:

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Reviews from Former Clients

  • “"John Grant was beyond patient and understanding of my situation. Unlike the majority of attorneys and legal firms, Shows & Smith keep their clients informed, updated, and provide detailed statements of how/what their payments are spent or what they are charged for. Please educate other legal aid providers that being transparent about fees and payments and staying in touch with clients is how you build clientele."   "I give Shows & Smith the highest rating of excellent for communication, timeliness, competency and helpfulness, professionalism, and overall services/product rendered. I would gladly recommend him and this firm to others." ”


  • “ “You guys did an outstanding job. They responded to all my questions immediately. That speaks volumes in customer service!” ”

    Angie N.

  • ““Thank you all so much for your work on our behalf during this difficult time. It has been so helpful not to have to worry. We knew we were in good hands. (Attorney John Shows)””

    Jenny & Patsy

  • ““Thank y'all so much for all y'all have done!! I have recommended y'all so many time because of all the hard work, commitment to your clients, always very timely in responding and doing things, nice,understanding and most of all putting up with all my questions and problems!! Y'all have given me hope when I had none in the court system, protected my girls and myself, made sure they were financially taken care of and made sure everything was In my agreement and best interest! Most importantly y'all have given me a life that I have always dreamed about!! That's for my girls to be happy, safe, and myself, I got my Identity back and found strength again because of everything y'all have done! I am grateful for everything y'll have done and do for my girls and myself!””

    Shanae S.

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

    Gabriel B.

  • ““I want to say thank you and express how much I appreciate you. 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. Perseverance. Professionalism.
  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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