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Stephen J. Summers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Rauch, P.C.
707 Grant Street, Suite 2400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-557-8036
Fax: 412-261-3239
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen J. Summers is the co-founder and managing partner of the Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie & Rauch, P.C., law firm, which has office locations in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 36 years of legal experience, Mr. Summers provides exceptional representation and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the Pittsburgh and Harrisburg metro areas and all across the state who have needs involving any of the following:

·       Employment law

·       Premises liability

·       Tort and casualty litigation

·       General business and municipal litigation

·       Civil rights and municipal law

·       Trucking accidents

·       Wrongful death

·       Dramshop claims

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Summers has gained significant success defending the rights and interests of clients across his region who are facing complex, pressing legal disputes arising from a host of civil matters. He has successfully tried numerous cases before all Pennsylvania state and federal courts and has argued cases before the state's appellate courts.

His clientele has ranged from major retailers, municipalities, corporations, employers, property owners to insurance providers and other entities. Recognized for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Summers holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned numerous other accolades from his peers along with many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A graduate of Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Mr. Summers attended Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1983. He is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, among his other professional affiliations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Slip and Fall, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

About Stephen J. Summers

First Admitted: 1984, Pennsylvania

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Pennsyvlania Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Defense Institute and a past member of the Board of Directors and Amicus Curiae committee.
  • United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania
  • Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys

Representative Clients

  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Motorists Insurance Group, Geico Insurance Company, Nationwide Insurance Company, American National Property and Casualty Company, Allstate Insurance Company and ACE Insurance Company

Educational Background

  • Graduate of St. Vincent College, B.A. in Business Administration, 1980


  • Mr. Summers represented a plaintiff in a personal injury action and obtained a $3.3 million verdict in Erie County, Pennsylvania.  At the time, it was the largest verdict in the history of Erie County. , 2003


  • Elected to the Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent, Peer Review rated
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2015-2019
  • Elected to the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015

Industry Groups

  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
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Office Location for Stephen J. Summers

707 Grant Street
Suite 2400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-557-8036

Fax: 412-261-3239

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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