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Attorney John D. Shors Featured on the cover of Iowa Bar Association's Iowa Lawyer Magazine - June 22, 2006

Mr. John Shors was featured on the cover of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine as "Award of Merit, ISBA honor giant of the Industry," in June.


The Iowa Bar Association awarded Attorney John D. Shors with the distinguished Award of Merit at the annual meeting Wednesday, June 21, 2006. The first merit award was presented in 1947 and has since been awarded to one member of the bar each year in recognition of their personal standards and accomplishments as lawyers and as citizens, with outstanding service to the Iowa Bar Association. Mr. Shors was selected out of  7,000 attorney members.


Mr. Shors is the most senior member of the Davis Brown Law Firm. Over his career he has represented clients such as Iowa State University; Mercy Medical Center; and The Iowa Capital Investment Corp. John has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Iowa. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.
Mr. Shors has been heavily involved with The Iowa State Bar Association. He served as its Vice President from 1990 to 1991, and as its President from 1992 to 1993. Mr. Shors has also held positions at The American Bar Association, where he served as a member of the House of Delegates; The American Judicature Society, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors; and The Polk County Bar Association, where he served as President. Mr. Shors has also held numerous board positions, which include, The Iowa State University Foundation (Chairman), The Iowa State University Research Park (Director), Mercy Housing/Denver (Director), Edge Technologies (Director) and the Iowa Research Council (Director).

Mr. Shors has co-authored a two-volume book: Closely Held Corporations in Business and Estate Planning published by Little Brown & Company and numerous articles involving business and tax. Mr. Shors has been honored with other awards, which include "The Brotherhood Award" by The Iowa Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, "The Award of Merit" by The Iowa State Bar Association/Young Lawyers Section, "The I.S.U. Alumni Medal" by Iowa State University's Alumni Association, and "The Good Guy Award" by the Iowa Women's Professional Corporation.


Davis Brown President, Bruce Campbell said, "John has been active in the bar for many years and is a valuable part of the Association and this firm. It is rewarding to see an attorney of John's caliber receive this award attributable to his commitment to the community, the Iowa Bar and the practice of law. To be recognized by your peers is the highest compliment."   


The father of four sons, John and his wife Patsy are also active in the Des Moines community.