Ernie Summers has had a successful career representing insurance policyholders in both counseling and dispute resolution regarding specialty and commercial lines insurance. In Law360, Summers talked about a challenging yet satisfying decade-long environmental insurance coverage case he worked on for Waste Management Inc. The case was complicated as WMI acquired companies that had their own pre-acquisition insurance policies that clashed with the post-acquisition policies. "It was a very challenging case in many respects but also very satisfying," Summers said. "The result was a very successful insurance recovery. I also worked with some of the best insurer-side lawyers in the country and a very strong policyholder team on our side, both in-house and outside counsel.".
When asked about mistakes made early in his legal career, Summers said, "I think most young lawyers make the mistake at some point in their careers of taking on too many assignments and spreading themselves too thin. I certainly did. When you spread yourself too thin, you are no longer providing the highest level of service and attention to your clients, which is of first importance."