1711 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Derek A. Shoemake, an attorney at Simmons Law Firm, is an experienced litigator who has represented clients – both corporate and individual – before state and federal courts. Mr. Shoemake's practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, products and pharmaceutical liability, premises liability, medical malpractice and criminal defense. Mr. Shoemake is a military veteran who prides himself on his service to clients and his detailed focus on their cases.
In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Shoemake has authored several legal articles in a variety of publications and clerked for two federal judges in the District of South Carolina: the Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr. and the Honorable R. Bryan Harwell. Mr. Shoemake further distinguished himself in law school, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Before law school, Mr. Shoemake worked as an editor for The Item, a newspaper in Sumter, S.C., worked as a defense contractor for the General Dynamics Corporation, and served in the United States Marine Corps until his honorable discharge as a Sergeant. During his time in service, Mr. Shoemake received several decorations, including five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
When not practicing law, Mr. Shoemake serves as a Commissioner on the South Carolina Athletic Commission, teaches civil litigation in the University of South Carolina's paralegal certification program, and serves on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Services Carolinas, a non-profit organization whose mission includes providing refugee resettlement services, housing for homeless veterans, retirement communities, and foster care and adoption services. Mr. Shoemake also enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children.