LLM, GWU; JD, Drake University; MBA, Drake University
Mr. Shoemaker was a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor in the spring semester of 2007, directing GW Law’s Vaccine Injury Clinic while Professor Peter Meyers was on sabbatical. Since then, Mr. Shoemaker has continued to collaborate with Professor Meyers and assist in the Vaccine Injury Clinic.
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, where he founded “The Insurance Law Annual.” He also served as co-editor of “The Gavel,” the law school newspaper.
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. While serving, Mr. Shoemaker attended evening classes at GW Law, where he was awarded an L.L.M. in Taxation in 1977.
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 of the late 1970s, Mr. Shoemaker served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in multi-district litigation before the Honorable Judge Gerhardt Gesell in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. After the conclusion of common discovery, Mr. Shoemaker tried numerous cases in U.S. District Courts all around the country and was responsible for many large verdicts and settlements. 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. Mr. Shoemaker was involved in the establishment of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in the late 1980’s, and he has been involved in representing clients in that program ever since.
Mr. Shoemaker is a member of the bars in the State of Iowa, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and a number of other U.S. Courts of Appeals.