Overview

With both corporate and private practice experience, Ernie Summers represents clients in complex litigation, including cases on behalf of policyholders in insurance recovery claims and litigation. Ernie also handles cases involving antitrust, licensing and distribution, securities fraud and other shareholder disputes, mass toxic tort and many additional areas of commercial litigation.

Insurance Recovery

In insurance recovery, Ernie litigates and counsels on:
  • General liability insurance
  • Environmental impairment
  • Liability insurance
  • Asbestos coverage
  • Director and officer liability insurance
  • Legal and medical malpractice
  • First-party property
  • All-risk coverage
  • Business interruption
  • Workers compensation
  • Insurance archaeology
  • Policy interpretation
  • Insurer notice correspondence

Antitrust & Commercial Issues

Ernie has advised on federal class actions and international distribution disputes involving the Hague Convention, including having tried the first U.S. case interpreting the antitrust laws of the European Community. He also represents clients in general commercial litigation matters, general corporate and transactions issues, ethics and compliance, and consumer products packaging, advertising and marketing.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Court Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Education

Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. (1980)

Indiana University
M.B.A. Finance (1980)

Indiana University
A.B. Economics & Political Science (1976)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Illinois Supreme Court, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission — Hearing Board, 1990-2002; Panel Chairman, 1996-2002; Inquiry Board, 1986-90
  • National Swedish Historical Society — Former Pro Bono General Counsel

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group

Civic Activities

  • Economic Club of Chicago, 1991-present
  • Indiana Society of Chicago — Trustee, 1981-present; Chairman, 2007-present; President, 1993-95
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2008-09
  • Masonic Bodies, 1974-present
  • Village of Deer Park — Planning Commission, 1991-94
  • America's Cup — Heart of America Syndicate Corporate Fundraising Chairman, 1987

Honors

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers — Insurance, 2006-17
  • Building Indiana — Who's Who in Indiana, 2011
  • Sagamore of the Wabash — Awarded by Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, 1996
  • Glenn Peters Fellowship
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-16
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