About the Faculty

Visiting Professor of Law and Co-Director, Clifford J. Shoemaker 

Clifford Shoemaker has served as the Co-Director of the Vaccine Injury Clinic since 2007. Mr. Shoemaker graduated from Drake University in 1973 with a J.D. and an M.B.A. He was a member of the Drake Law Review. After graduation, Mr. Shoemaker entered the Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division, where his last assignment was director of the legal assistance program for the entire Marine Corps. Since leaving active duty in 1977, Mr. Shoemaker has been in private practice, primarily representing children and adults who have been injured by vaccines. During the Swine Flu Litigation in the late 1970s, Mr. Shoemaker served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in multi‐district litigation. He also successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that military members were entitled to bring claims against the government under the National Swine Flu Act. He was involved in the establishment of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in the late 1980s, and he has been involved in representing clients in that program ever since. See Clifford Shoemaker’s full resume. 

Professorial Lecturer in Law and Co-Director, Renée J. Gentry

As the Senior Analyst on the Defense and Aerospace Companies Briefing for Teal Group Corporation, Renée J. Gentry consulted for the US Government, French Government, and major prime contractors on European defense industry consolidation, antitrust issues, specific defense market overviews for product development and profiles of companies designed to assist management in acquisition activities. After leaving Teal Group, she worked as principal liaison to corporate clients, as well as the Washington National Opera and Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program advising them on a range of immigration issues. She has practiced vaccine litigation since 2001.

Renée J. Gentry is a named partner with Shoemaker, Gentry & Knickelbein in Vienna, VA. She is one of the leading experts on vaccine injury litigation in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

Ms. Gentry has advised numerous congressional members, staff and committees on issues relevant to the NVICP, as well as help to draft proposed legislation. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, and is admitted to the Federal Claims Court Bar. Ms. Gentry is the Co-Director of the Vaccine Injury Legal Clinic at George Washington University Law School and currently serves as President of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, a national bar representing the interests of claimants in the NVICP. She is a member of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA).

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