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Maritime Week Gibraltar 2019
11 January 2019
J. STEPHEN SIMMS
Partner, Simms Showers LLP
J. Stephen (“Steve”) Simms is a Principal of Simms Showers LLP. He serves as Chair of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Legal Working Group and is an immediate past member of IBIA’s Board.
Simms Showers is one of the most active United States firms working in the area of vessel arrest, maritime attachment, and related maritime remedies for creditors. The Firm has to date recovered over U.S. $500 million for its clients as the result of successful vessel arrest and maritime attachment proceedings throughout the world.
Simms Showers or its principals have been involved in every major United States and international maritime bankruptcy since 1985, including Hanjin, Cho Yang, Korea Lines, OSG, Genmar, Eastwind (Probulk), and Trailer Bridge.
Mr. Simms was selected for the United States Department of Justice, Honor Law Graduates Program and served as a federal prosecutor before entering private practice. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) where he was Editor‑in‑Chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. He holds an M.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.
He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the District of Maryland (Trial Bar), District of Columbia, Northern District of Illinois, the states of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the United States Court of International Trade, and through special admission practices in other federal and state courts throughout the United States.
He is the Husband of his wife of 27 years, Denise, and Dad of daughter Alison, an Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and of son John attending Middlebury College, and of West Highland White Terrier Barrett, who enjoys chasing squirrels with the same enthusiasm that Mr. Simms has for chasing ships.
Mr. Simms can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile at (U.S.) 410-365-6131 or office direct at (U.S.) 443-290-8704.