J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.: Lawyer with Rogers Towers, P.A.

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

Jacksonville,  FL  U.S.A.

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  • Commercial Litigation
  • Creditor Bankruptcy
University Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., Cum Laude, 1994
Law SchoolStetson University College of Law,, J.D., Cum Laude, 1998
AdmittedSupreme Court of Florida; Supreme Court of Virginia; U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts; U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts; U.S. Court of Appeals

Professional & Community Involvement
•Board Member, First Coast Women's Services
•Advisory Board Member, Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
•Advisory Board Member, ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop
•Chairman, Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association
•Bankruptcy Law Educational Series Foundation (BLES ), Board Member, 2013-present
•Bankruptcy Middle District of Florida Steering Committee, Member, 2013-present

BornJacksonville, Florida, December 3, 1971

Mr. Summers practices primarily in bankruptcy and commercial litigation, representing secured and unsecured creditors and committees. Mr. Summers also has extensive experience with workouts and other business reorganizations. Prior to private practice, Mr. Summers clerked for the Honorable Stephen C. St. John, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Previous Professional Experience

Prior to joining Rogers Towers in the fall of 2004, Mr. Summers was associated with the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles in Virginia where he practiced in their bankruptcy and creditors' rights group for five years. Prior to that, from 1998 to 1999, Mr. Summers was law clerk to the Honorable Stephen C. St. John, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Previously, Mr. Summers interned with the Honorable Alexander L. Paskay, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida, and the Honorable Elizabeth Kovachevich, United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Awards & Distinctions
•Law Clerk to Hon. Stephen C. St. John, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1998-1999
•Florida Trend Legal Elite: 2014 (Bankruptcy & Workout)
•Florida Super Lawyers: 2014 (Bankruptcy Business)
•Florida Super Lawyers: 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 (Rising Star for Business Litigation or Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights)

Publications & Presentations
•Author: Dirt-for-Debt Buries Creditor with Risk and Uncertainty, Real Estate ABI Newsletter, Vol 11, Num 1, June 2014
•Presenter: Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Seminar, August 2013
•Author: Serial Strippers Take National Stage: Fourth Circuit Permits Lien-Stripping in Chapter 20, XXXII ABI Journal 6, 14, July 2013
•Presenter: 43rd Annual Barbara A. Everly Advanced Procedures Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Seminar, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 2013
•Presenter: Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Amelia Island, Florida, July 2013
•Presenter: ABI /Stetson Alexander L. Paskay Bankruptcy Seminar, March 2013
•Presenter: 3rd Annual Bank & Financial Institutions Special Asset Forum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 2013
•Presenter: Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Asset Sales: Reheating the Leftovers, What's Left Behind?, March 2012
•Presenter: Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Seminar, 363 Asset Sales, October 2011
•Author: '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
•Author: Too Much Secured Debt Can Constitute an Abuse Under 707(b)(3) XXVIII ABI Journal 9, 38, 39, 75, November 2009
•Instructor: Bankruptcy Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2009


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Non-Dischargeable Tax Debt Not Special Class of Unsecured Creditors
Scott St. Amand,J. Ellsworth Summers, August 28, 2014
In numerous previous posts, we have noted that the purpose of the Bankruptcy Code is to help the “honest but unfortunate debtor.” Like gerrymandering, certain “creative” debtors have attempted to classify their non-dischargeable debt as a separate, special class of unsecured...

Discharging the Brunner Test: Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy
Scott St. Amand,J. Ellsworth Summers, August 15, 2014
Twenty-seven years ago the Second Circuit was faced with a debtor who proposed to use the Bankruptcy Code to avoid her student loan debt - only five months after graduation. The Second Circuit came down harshly on Ms. Brunner and established an “undue hardship” test, which few debtors...

Detroit Bankruptcy Update: Restructuring the Restructuring Plan
Scott St. Amand,J. Ellsworth Summers, August 6, 2014
On Friday July 25, 2014, the City of Detroit released a revised restructuring plan that provides for a reserve fund that may enhance the recovery for certain classes of unsecured creditors. The plan also creates a post-bankruptcy “monitor” whose role and responsibility would be to...

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J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

1301 Riverplace Boulevard, Suite 1500
JacksonvilleFL 32207-9020


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