Mr. Shimoura’s career as an attorney has spanned a wide variety of experience. He has worked for legal aid, staff counsel for two national insurance carriers, and was a partner at a major Detroit area law firm. Mr. Shimoura’s clients included several Fortune 500 companies, Georgia-Pacific, Chevron, New England Mutual Life and Federal Express. In addition to his regular law practice, he is general counsel to KCGI, LLC, a San Francisco based mercantile funding, capital management and advisory services group. Also, Mr. Shimoura is general counsel and secretary to the board of directors for VTX Technology, a technology holding company.
He has acted as the counsel to OEM automotive suppliers to the Big Three Manufactures. Mr. Shimoura was a member of the Board of Directors of US Voicemail, the largest independent provider of voice mail services in the Ameritech region, and involved in raising capital for the company. He has also been involved with capital formation in mining, food services, biotechnology and high tech.
As a registered player agent with the PGA Tour, he represents Shigeki Maruyama and Hidemichi Tanaka. Mr. Shimoura is the US director for HAL Sports Production (Tokyo), the largest golf player management group in Japan.
Among his numerous civic and political activities, Mr. Shimoura was involved in the national Democratic Presidential campaigns in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000. He advised the Clinton Presidential transition organization in 1992-93, and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, where he served as a commissioner from 1993 to 2001.
Additionally, he has participated as a board member of commissions and advisory panels for the Governor of the State of Michigan, State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualification Committee, Senator Carl Levin, and numerous non-profit organizations. He was a member of the finance committee for Senator Levin from 1984 to 2000.
Mr. Shimoura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, with honors, in Political Science (1975) and earned his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), School of Law (1978). His practice concentrates on business and commercial matters, and has been an attorney for 35 years.
He has received numerous civic awards and is AV Rated (highest peer group recognition for lawyers) by Martindale.
B.A., Michigan State University, 1975
J.D., Wayne State University, 1978