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Scott L. SummersPartner
PRACTICE GROUPS AND INDUSTRY AREAS
- Class Action and Mass Torts
- Natural Resources & Environmental
- Solutions Group
Scott is a partner at the firm's Charleston office. A litigator with significant trial experience, Scotts practice primarily involves the representation of individuals and companies through a variety of claims covered by general liability insurance policies as well as excess and specialty lines insurance policies. Over his career, Scott has successfully represented clients in cases involving catastrophic injury and death; workplace injuries; premises liability; mass litigation; toxic tort; products liability; blasting cases; motor vehicle accidents; trucking accidents; medical malpractice; property damage; estate litigation; contract claims and a variety of other tort and general liability claims.
Although not inclusive, the following is an example of some of the most recent cases Scott has litigated:
Scott is currently defending an oil and gas company in a wrongful death matter in which a gas well explosion resulted in the death of an oil rig worker.
He is currently defending an oil and gas company in a wrongful death matter in which a rig worker sustained a fatal injury as a result of the worker being struck by a piece of equipment.
He is currently defending a coal company in numerous blasting cases filed by residents living near the mining operations.
Scott is currently representing a motorcycle company and motorcycle parts manufacturer in a products liability personal injury claim.
He is currently defending a coal company in a mass tort suit alleging exposure to toxic chemicals.
Scott is currently defending a large timber company in a mass tort case alleging damages arising out of a catastrophic flooding event.
Scott served as monitoring counsel for three excess insurance carriers in cases arising out of a mine explosion resulting in 29 wrongful death claims and numerous personal injury claims.
He defended an employer in a workplace injury case arising out of the death of a worker after falling from a coal load out facility.
He defended a large river transportation company in a case arising out of the drowning of two children occurring near the companys fleeting facility.
Scott defended a large river transportation company in a case arising out of a workplace injury wherein the employee claimed a permanent disability resulting from the injury.
Scott defended a large low income housing complex in a case arising out of a murder of one of the tenants. It was alleged that the client failed to ensure that proper security measures were in place in order to protect tenants from known threats.
Scott has defended coal companies in several trucking accident cases wherein the plaintiffs claimed the companies failed to properly maintain the haul road.
He successfully prosecuted a breach of contract action for a coal mining company that resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for his client.
Over the years, Scott has defended numerous individuals and companies in claims arising from motor vehicle accidents with claims ranging from soft tissue injury to catastrophic injury, disfigurement and death.
Scott has defended cities and municipalities in claims involving improper road engineering, police brutality, and a variety of general negligence claims.
Scott has defended clients in mass tort cases involving chemical exposure, diet drugs and flooding.
Scott has presented argument on several cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
He has received a BV rating through the prestigious Martindale Hubbell directory and has been recognized by Chambers USA in the area of natural resources law.
Scott is well versed in the use of technology in trial. He has given numerous seminars to members of the West Virginia Bar as well as insurance carriers concerning the persuasive and cost effective use of technology at trial.
He served as a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps from 1983 through 1989. The discipline, focus, work ethic and leadership skills learned in the Marine Corps have served Scott well as a litigator.
Scott was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1992 from West Virginia State University with a B.A. in Political Science with minors in History and English. He earned his law degree in 1995 from the West Virginia University College of Law. He currently resides in Charleston with his wife Debbie, their youngest daughter Hayden and their Golden Retriever, Tucker. Scott and his wife are also the parents of Samantha, a graduate of West Virginia State University and Ashley, a graduate of West Virginia University.
West Virginia State College, B.A. Political Science - Summa Cum Laude (1992)
West Virgina University College of Law, J.D. (1995)
United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
West Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia