Robert Showers formed Simms Showers LLP, originally a Baltimore, Maryland-based law firm, in 2002 as a principal partner and heads the Northern Virginia/D.C. Metropolitan office. His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation and nonprofit, tax exempt and business law. He regularly handles numerous lawsuits and claims against nonprofits and small businesses and advises them on corporate, risk management, tax-exempt and employment issues to avoid future problems. Before going into private practice in 1989, Mr. Showers acted as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and served as Executive Director of the National Obscenity Enforcement Unit (NOEU), later called the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), within the U.S. Department of Justice. He earlier served as Special Assistant, to the U.S. Attorney General as his criminal justice and drug policy advisor as well as personal liaison to the 93 U.S. Attorneys. Prior to his appointment as Special Assistant, Mr. Showers served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, N.C. where he did a variety of federal prosecutions and handled complex civil litigation as Chief of the Civil Section. Mr. Showers has started and run several nonprofits, including National Law Center for Children and Families and NonprofitChurchlaw.org. Mr. Showers has lectured extensively nationwide and written articles on church and nonprofit law, sexual misconduct, and child sexual exploitation. He presently is the Co-author of the Nonprofit Church Law newsletters with national distribution. He is the co-author of Legal Hotspots in the Church and Nonprofits (2003); a series of Child Protection and Risk Management memos for churches and nonprofits and numerous law review articles including Church Law in Virginia (to be published in 2009).