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John S. Summers
Shareholder
Practice Group:
Litigation
Education:
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
One Logan Square
18th & Cherry Streets, 27th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6933
Phone: 215.496.7007
Fax: 215.568.0300

Biography

John S. Summers, a founding partner of the firm in 1994, is an accomplished complex commercial litigator with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in the financial services, technology, life science, real estate, and manufacturing sectors. Co-Chair of the firm’s litigation department, John is nationally recognized in handling difficult cases involving complicated financial disputes as well as legal ethics issues.

Valued by clients for his sophisticated and hands on style, John litigates a wide range of matters, including ERISA, class actions, complex contract, partnership, and non-compete disputes.

John is a leader in the legal community. He has been appointed to serve as the East Coast Solicitor to the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, where he counsels judges of the Court of Common Pleas on ethics matters raised by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct board. He is also active in legal ethics issues, having served as a member and then chair of a Hearing Board of Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, a former Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and former member of the Association’s Professional Guidance Committee. In addition to having served for many years as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania law School, John is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as Legal Counsel to Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller.

He is also deeply involved with his community and currently serves as Board Chair for The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a nationally recognized development finance corporation that puts capital and private initiative to work for the public good. TRF has more than $700 million in capital under management and has made $1.3B in total investments to date. John also serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Pilot Legis.

His client commitment has earned him admiration and recognition including being named a Leader in Litigating by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, selected as a Best Lawyer in America in Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, repeatedly named one of Pennsylvania’s top attorneys in Business Litigation by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine, and named a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark: The Definitive Guide to America’s Lading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.

Within the firm he is a mentor for associates, frequently partnering with them to write articles and thought pieces, as well as providing guidance throughout their learning process.

John also directs the firm’s Supreme Court Project, a research project that employs econometric techniques to analyze and predict United States Supreme Court decisions.

He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served as Articles Editor the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, with High Honors in Economics, from Wesleyan University in 1980. From 1984 to 1986 he served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas N. O’Neill, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1984, JD

Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1980, BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi

Clerkship

The Honorable Thomas N. O’Neill, Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984 – 1986

Honors and Awards

  • Named a Leader in Litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006 – 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, selected as a Best Lawyer in America in Commercial Litigation, 2008 – 2014
  • Named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as one of Pennsylvania's top attorneys in Business Litigation (2004 – 2014) as the result of a statewide survey of lawyers
  • Named a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2009 – 2013)
  • Awarded the University of Pennsylvania Law School Mark E. Lefevre Prize for Law and Economics, 1984
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Editor

Publications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pilot Legis, Board of Directors, 2010 - present
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Solicitor to the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, 2009 – Present
  • American Law Institute, 2005 – Present
    • Consultative Group for Principles of Aggregate Litigation
    • Consultative Group for Principles of Government Ethics
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board
    • Member and Chair, Hearing Board, 1999 – 2004
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 1998 – 2000
    • Nominating Committee, 1995
    • Co-Chair, Professional Responsibility Committee, 1992
    • Special Committee to Investigate District Attorney’s Review of Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson, 1992
    • Professional Guidance Committee
  • Philadelphia Bar Education Center
    • President, 1996 – 1997
    • Vice President, 1995
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation
    • Treasurer, 2006
    • Secretary, 2005
    • Hamilton Circle
    • Trustee, Chair, Grants Committee, 2002 – 2004
  • Attorney Conservator, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, 1995

Community

  • The Reinvestment Fund, 2000 – Present
    • Chairman, Board of Directors
    • Member, Executive Committee
  • Board Member, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, 2011 – Present
  • Secretary, Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd, 1998 – 2000

Teaching / Lecturing

  • University of Pennsylvania, Lecturer-in-Law, 2003 - 2010
  • Lecturer on a variety of topics, including presentations on professional responsibility, legal ethics, and trial practice

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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