Ellsworth is a partner in the firm’s Jacksonville office where he practices in the firm’s Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group.
His practice focuses on assisting lenders in commercial loan litigation in bankruptcy, federal and state courts. Ellsworth has extensive experience with workouts, business reorganizations and liquidations, distressed asset acquisitions, special counsel assignments and adversary proceedings. He has represented secured lenders, creditors’ committees, local governments, trustees, trade creditors, landlords, unsecured creditors, bondholders, homeowners’ associations, 363 asset purchasers and other stakeholders in a variety of business Chapter 11 cases.
Mr. Summers has significant trial experience in federal and state court as a commercial litigator. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, homeowner association disputes, tax disputes, contract litigation, receiverships, lender liability, commercial evictions, and other real-estate related litigation.
In his business practice, Ellsworth assists clients with purchasing and selling assets, and regularly advises on the impact of insolvency on complex financial transactions.
Mr. Summers has appeared before state and federal courts in 13 states, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Mr. Summers enjoys an AV-rating and has routinely been named to the Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Legal Elite, and Florida Best Lawyers lists.
Prior to private practice, Ellsworth clerked for the Honorable Stephen C. St. John, Chief United State Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Honors & Awards
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite, Bankruptcy & Workout (2014, 2016)
Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/ Debtor Rights (2013-2016)
Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star, ” Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/ Debtor Rights (2009-2011)
Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2017)
First Coast Women’s Services, Board Member
•“Dirt-for-Debt Buries Creditor with Risk and Uncertainty, ” Real Estate ABI Newsletter, (June 2014)
•“‘Down’ Is Out ‘Off’ Is In: Stripping Liens after McNeal, ” XXXI ABI Journal 6 (July 2011)
•“Exceptions to Discharge, Means Testing and Other Issues in Litigation in Consumer Cases, ” (March 2010)